Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stone & Bruckner Earn Podium Finishes at Arcadia

Arcadia, Ca – The Warriors traveled to Southern California over the weekend to compete in the Arcadia Invitational, dubbed the most elite high school invitational in the nation.  Over 700 schools from throughout the United States and three other countries were represented at this year’s meet.  Simply qualifying for this meet is prestigious as over 1200 entries that met the qualifying marks were turned away.

Highlighting the trip was once again Ronna Stone and Elena Bruckner who both earned podium finishes in the shot put.  Competing in the day meet, Stone took fifth with a throw of 39-3.5 while Bruckner won with a huge personal best and CCS leading mark of 43-0.  The winner of the Day meet advanced to the night Invitational that featured some of the best throwers in the nation.  In her second set of throws that day Bruckner managed a respectable 42-6 to finish sixth in the prestigious field.  Bruckner is currently ranked tenth in the state; Stone is ranked twenty-seventh.

It was a solid performance for the girls 4 x 1600 meter relay Friday night.  Riddled by nagging injuries the Warriors had to look down the depth chart to fill the relay, which at the end of the night met or surpassed expectations going into the meet.  Ashley Lara kicked things off with an impressive 5:12.7 after closing with a blazing 73 final lap.  Jessica Xu was next to take the baton and ran a spectacular leg moving the team into second place after a blazing 74 first lap.  The senior battled for for second place through the home straight passing off with a 5:20 leg.  Kailey Eddy, who is on the comeback trail after a few weeks off, finished in a season best 5:49.  Shannon Luu who is on her own quest to return to form closed out the team that finished in 22:42.81.

Lydia Sum learned the hard way that the sport of track & field is an unforgiving one.  One bad hurdle was costly as the junior crushed the ninth hurdle that nearly sent her to the track.  She recovered but finished in 16.71.  “I wasn’t happy with my start and got distracted with the runners around me,” she said after the race. 

She will get her chance at redemption Friday as she is scheduled to compete with her fellow Warriors in the CCS Top 8 Invitational at San Jose City College.

Full Results: CLICK HERE

Friday, April 11, 2014

Stone & Bruckner Take Down Discus and Shot Put Records at St. Francis Dual!

Mountain View, CA – One thing is for certain, the Valley Christian Warriors will give you a fight.  This year’s team has had a transformation: as numbers have grown so has the team’s depth.  Both boys and girls have top contenders to win any given event on any given day, making them perhaps the most competitive dual meet team in school history.  For the third time this season the winning team was determined in the final event of the day.  It was the Lady Warriors that found themselves locked in battle this time, up by 3 points through 15 events it was the one event Valley Christian doesn’t compete in that was the undoing, as a sweep in the pole vault pushed St. Francis to victory with a score of 65-71.  It was a close battle in the boys as well as they fell to a strong St. Francis team currently tied for first in the league standings, 53-82. 

It was a great day for the Warriors as there were 61 season bests on the day.  But it was a spectacular day for the throwing duo of Elena Bruckner and Ronna Stone as it was a pair of personal bests and school records in the shot put and the discus.  Stone set the table in the first event of the day shattering Kiely Smith's 2006 mark of 115' 0" by four feet hitting 119' 0".  Her mark is currently the top discus throw in the CCS.  To follow up her school record Stone threw 39' 6.5" in the shot-put, just one-half inch off her personal best.  She is currently ranked second in the Shot Put behind teammate Elena Bruckner.

Bruckner also had a breakthrough, hers coming in the shot put hitting a huge personal best throw of 42' 0.75".  The sophomore bettered the previous school record of 40' 8" set by Kiely Smith in 2006.  Bruckner also set a personal best in the Discus with a throw of 102' 9" where she is currently ranked fourth in the WCAL.

WCAL action continues next Wednesday as the Warriors travel to San Francisco to take on first place St. Ignatius.   

Meet Highlights:

  • The Girls 4 x 100 meter relay team of Taylor Johnson, Shelby Smallwood, Lydia Sum and Sanjali Padalkar move to #8 all time for the Warriors.  Their time of 50.56 is currently the sixth fastest time in CCS.
  • Elaine Ma’s mark of 16’ 1.75 is currently the #3 mark in WCAL.  Taylor Johnson’s mark of 16-7.25 from the Stanford Invitational Saturday is currently the league leader in the event.
  • The hurdlers continue to impress.  Lydia Sum remains undefeated in league action and it was a slew of personal bests for nearly the entire hurdle crew.  Nicole Shak dipped under 18 seconds (sixth all-time for Valley Christian) and Rebecca Bruckner moves to ninth all-time also earning a personal best 18.69.
  • More hurdle highlights: Every competitor in the 300 hurdles earned a personal best Wednesday!  Freshman Caitlyn Rowland and Nicole Shak have shown true potential as they land #8 and #9 all-time.  
  • Perhaps the biggest highlight of the day came from Katrina Le who took a hard spill in her debut in the 300 hurdles.  After gathering herself she got up and continued on.  Finishing scrapped up and bloodied she went and got wrapped up and came back out to run the 4 x 400.  A true Warrior!
  • It was a personal best for Jason Li in the 800 meters winning in 2:04.92.
  • Vinh Le opened his first meet of the season finishing first in the long jump (18-5.5) and second in the triple jump (39-7).   

For full results: CLICK HERE

Top Valley Christian Performers:

Shelby Smallwood
Akil Jones
Shelby Smallwood
Akil Jones
Ashley Lara
Trenton Rhoads
Shannon Luu
Jason Li
Vanessa Giacalone
Nedu Ndili
Vanessa Giacalone
Nathan Lynch
100 / 110 Hurdles
Lydia Sum
Ben Staub
300 Hurdles
Caitlyn Rowland
Ben Staub
4 x 100
Varsity Girls
Varsity Boys
4 x 400
Junior Varsity Girls
Varsity Boys
Shot Put
Elena Bruckner
42’ 0.75”
Fa’auli Gaoteote
45’ 10”
Ronna Stone
119’ 0”
Fa’auli Gaoteote
120’ 5”
Long Jump
Elaine Ma
16’ 1.75”
Vinh Le
18’ 5.5”
Triple Jump
Taylor Johnson
32’ 7.25”
Vinh Le
39’ 7”
High Jump
Elaine Ma
4’ 8”
Mathew Weeks
5’ 2”