Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Watermelon Run Information!

IMG_2892Our 8th Annual Watermelon Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at the University of Santa Cruz.

We will DEPART from the Valley Christian Parking lot (in front of the football stadium) at 8:00 am and caravan to UCSC.  Athletes, parents, coaches and alumni are all welcome to run for the glory of completing 2 miles and then enjoy the sweet reward of some post race watermelon!  The course is a 2.08 mile loop through the redwood forest on the UCSC campus and is traditionally one of the favorite courses run all year and should not to be missed!

For those of you who will meet us there, we will meet at the parking lot just past the UCSC firehouse on Chinquapin Rd. The official start time is "when we get there and after we warm-up," but we will try our best to begin approximately 10 am.

Team Records:
Sean Davis - 11:37 (2011)
Morgan Lira - 13:33 (2011)

Driving Directions to Saturday's Watermelon Run:
(Click & Zoom in the map for detailed directions)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cross Country Sign-Up

Interested in finding out more about the Valley Christian Cross Country and Track & Field program? Please take a moment and fill out our participant sign-up form at the link below:

Sign-up Form: CLICK HERE

The boys cross country team is coming off their most successful season in school history and return six of their top seven from last year's State Championship qualifying team. Last season the girls placed 4th in the CCS Championship, marking the ninth time in ten years that the Lady Warriors have finished fourth or better at the section championship. They also return six of their top 7 returning runners this fall.

We have many exciting things planned over the summer and throughout the season. Please sign-up above to be added to our team e-mail list to find out more!

  1. Fill out the sign-up form by clicking the link above. 
  2. Summer training starts in June. Contact Coach Small at for more information. 
  3. You will need a physical and other forms on file in the Athletic Office before the first day of practice. You can find the physical form at this link: CLICK HERE 
  4. Be sure to come back and check the team blog for updates throughout the summer!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Warriors To Get New Look In 2016

San Jose, CA - The Valley Christian Cross Country and Track & Field teams will get a new look in 2016. The new uniform showcase updated emblems and a refreshed color palate. The classic columbia blue, last worn in 2006, return as a part of the team's ongoing salute to the origins of the team.

The clean, tri-colored look is inspired by the University of North Carolina - are tapered for a modern look. Shorts remain a solid navy.

Varsity cross country teams will remain with "Warriors" singlet introduced in 2012.

New uniforms are now avalible on the Spirt Pack Website:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bruckner Finishes 7th in Women's Shot Put and Discus at WorldChampionship

San Jose, CA - It has been a busy summer for Valley Christian alum Elena Bruckner. The recent graduate has been stellar in post-season competition: she won a national title, finished 16th in the U.S. Olympic Trials and represented Team USA at the IAAF U20 World Championships!

Meet Highlights:

IAAF World Junior Championship:
Bruckner represented Team USA at the IAAF U20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz Poland finishing seventh in both the discus and the shot put.

Links: Shot Put Results / Discus ResultsPics
  • Day 1 - Discus Qualifying Round. Bruckner needed just one throw to advance to the final hitting the automatic qualifying mark. Her throw of 176-7 (53.83m) was the #2 seed going into Finals. 
  • Day 2 - Shot Put Trials & Finals. Bruckner qualified for the finals once again hitting the automatic standard on her first throw. Coming back later that evening in the final she finished 7th with a mark of 51-7.25 (15.73m). It was a strong throw but one about three feet off her season best. "Should have been third," she said after the event on social media. "Sometimes you just have to tighten your ponytail, fix your bow, and get back out there."
  • Day 3 - Discus Finals. Bruckner is one of the few athletes who can call a 170' throw an off day. It was another seventh place finish, this time in the discus with a mark of 170-9 (52.04m). Her mark from the qualifying round would have landed her in the medals. 

US Olympic Trials:
Bruckner was one of just 16 high school athletes to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials and the only to qualify in the throwing events. Entering the meet ranked 24th she finished 16th respectably with a mark of 179-3.

[DyeStat Video Interview: Elena Bruckner of San Jose Valley Christian - 16th Place Women's Discus Throw - U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field 2016]

USATF Junior Outdoor Championships:
Bruckner won the national championship in the discus and finished runner-up in the shot put. The meet featured the top athletes in the nation under 20 years old with the top two places qualifying for the IAAF World Championships in Poland. Bruckner won the discus with a mark of 179-10. She also came back to finish second in the shot put with a mark of 51-0.75 and advances to the world championship in both the shot put and the discus.

[MileSplitUS Video: Elena Bruckner makes it cool to throw for girls]

Photo Credit: John Nepolitan

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elena Bruckner Named Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year

CHICAGO — In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Elena Bruckner of Valley Christian High School as its 2015-16 Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Bruckner is the first Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Valley Christian High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Bruckner as California’s best high school girls track & field athlete. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June, Bruckner joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Allyson Felix (2001-02, Los Angeles Baptist, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Lolo Jones (1997-98, Roosevelt HS, Ia.) and Bianca Knight (2006-07, Ridgeland HS, Miss.).

The 5-foot-6 senior won the shot put with an throw of 49 feet, 9.75 inches at the state championship meet this past season. Bruckner also finished second in the discus, and won both the shot put and discus at the Arcadia Invitational and the Texas Relays. She set a state record of 54-7 in the shot put, which ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time of her selection. Her season-best throw of 186-10 in the discus ranked No. 1 nationally this season, and ranks her fourth in U.S. high school history.

Bruckner has maintained a 4.13 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of her church community and a talented singer, she organized a medal drive to collect sports awards from championship athletes and redistribute them to hospitalized children.

“Statistically, Elena is one of the best combo throwers in the history of prep track and field, but she’s never been satisfied, always looking to get better,” said Valley Christian coach Josh Small. “She’s a gifted athlete, but also one who has matched that talent with an incredible work ethic.”

Bruckner has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Texas this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Bruckner joins recent Gatorade California Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Jasmyne Graham (2014-15, Eleanor Roosevelt High School), Ariana Washington (2013-14, Long Beach Poly High School), Sasha Wallace (2012-13 & 2011- 12, Castro Valley High School), Amy Weissenbach (2010–11, Harvard-Westlake School), Ashton Purvis (2009-10, Saint Elizabeth High School), Anna Jelmini (2008–09, Shafter High School), Christine Babcock (2007-08, Woodbridge High School), and Tori Anthony (2006-07, Castilleja School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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