Monday, May 23, 2016

Two School Records Fall at CCS Trials; Seven Warriors Advance

Gilroy, CA - Seven Valley Christian athletes punched their ticket to the CCS Finals this weekend and will compete in Friday's CCS Championship at Gilroy High School. The section final represents the best in region, with the top three athletes qualifying for the California State Championship.

Last season the girls finished the 3rd place team with just three throwers. The Lady warriors led in team scoring until the final event when they were passed by Los Gatos and Saint Francis who both had 4 x 400 relay team in the final. Once again the ladies are represented by three throwers and once again have a shot the podium. Elena Bruckner and Athiya Iese will compete in both the shot put and the discus, Anna Maumalanga will compete in the discus.

The boys advance four athletes to the finals: Matt Weeks (triple jump), Dylan McCreery (shot put), Max Moore (discus) and Nedu Ndili (800). All have potential to score in the CCS final and look to represent the young, up and coming boys team.

It was a marathon day for Elena Bruckner and Athiya Iese, two of the top seeds in both the discus and the shot put. More than eight hours separated implement weigh-in to their final throw in the shot put. Bruckner enters the finals at the top seed in both the shot put and the discus. Iese is the #2 seed in the discus following a big personal best throw of 138-8. She is also the #3 seed in the shot put. Anna Maumalanga qualified as the #7 seed in the girls discus following a personal best 119-8.

Dylan McCreery followed up his WCAL win with finishing the top seed in the boys shot put trials with a personal best 51-9.75. McCreery has improved nearly 7 feet in the shot put this season from his first varsity meet and is coming off winning the WCAL title last week. McCreery will be competing for a state spot as will teammate Max Moore in the discus. Moore bettered his personal best and school record on the first throw of 161-11 at the CCS Trials and advances as the #3 seed.

Matt Weeks advances in the triple jump with a mark of 43-1. It was his furthest wind legal jump this season.

Nedu Ndili advances in the 800 meters running 1:59. Ndili took charge of the race 300 meters in as the pace began to lag and held on despite a nagging leg injury that has held him back in recent weeks. Despite the injury Ndili ran a personal best 1:56.85 last week in the WCAL finals and is one of many with a shot at the podium.

D’Angelo McKenzie finishes the season with a 10th place finish in the CCS Trials in a personal best 15.39.

Caitlyn Rowland was 21st in the 400 meters with a time of 61.30. Leaving nothing to chance Rowland took out the pace strong the first 200 meters rolling the dice with the fast start.

The CCS Finals will be held at Gilroy High school. Field events begin at 4 pm, running events at 6 pm.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Valley Christian Posts Six League Champions, Sixteen Podium Finishes and a State Record at WCAL Championship

Mountain View, CA - The Valley Christian Track & Field team saw seventy-seven athletes compete in the WCAL Championships this past week, marking the largest contingent the Warriors have sent to the post season. Forty-three qualified to compete in Friday's finals and by the end of the meet Valley Christian had six league champions, sixteen podium finishes and a state record!

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Event by event recap from the WCAL Championships:

100 meters
Charlie Bostic won the Frosh-Soph 100 meters in a time of 11.17 (wind legal +0.1 m/s); Nick Trofort was third in 11.36. Remarkably both were just 0.06 off their fastest times run this season for all conditions and are their fastest wind legal times ever.

200 meters
Bostic & Trofort again finished on the podium with another first and third, this time in the Frosh-Soph 200 meters. Bostic won his second event of the day in 22.67, Trofort was third in 23.31. As in the 100 meters both marks were wind legal season bests with a wind reading of +0.0.

400 meters
Caitlyn Roland moves on to the CCS Trials with her second place finish in a personal best 60.38, which also moves her to #7 on the Warriors all-time list. Kayla Nanez improved her freshman school record for the second consecutive week running 60.91 for 5th. Her time also earns recognition as the #10 time in school history.

800 meters
Nedu Ndili moves on to CCS Trials bettering the CCS automatic qualifying time in a personal best 1:56.85. Ndili currently is #2 in school history in the event.

It was a strong showing all around for the 800 meter crew as numerous Warriors finished the season with personal bests. Vanessa Zenere finished fifth in the varsity division in a personal best 2:27.05, Kiko Li also ran a personal best 2:30.08. In the junior varsity girls freshman Ashley Clayton led the charge earning a four second season best to finish in 2:30.45. Hannah Theaker has dropped 14 second off her personal best in one week. Dropping from 2:44 to 2:35 in the trials she took another big jump running 2:30.84 in the finals. Sophia Patterson also made the final and ran a personal best 2:34 in the trials and followed that up with a 2:35 clocking in the finals.

1600 meters
Cameron Lockard was the top finisher for the Warriors finishing in 4:45, Sam Cuevas just behind in 4:48. Francisco Hererra finished in 5:03.

3200 meters
Joe Renati was the top finisher for the Warriors in the 3200 meters running his second fastest time ever for the event finishing in 9:58. Sam Cuevas (10:21) and Cameron Lockard (10:36) impressively ran personal bests after doubling back from the mile earlier in the day.

100 meter hurdles
Jessica Hanjojo bettered her personal best by a slim 0.01 finishing in 19.87 for eighth place.

65 Hurdles
Calvin Lin dipped under 11 seconds for the first time this season finishing seventh in 10.90.

110 Hurdles
D'Angelo McKenzie finished in a dead heat with Mitty's Blake Rose in exciting photo finish where both runners were awarded the same time of 15.48. McKenzie advances to the CCS Trials next week and is the top ranked sophomore in the section.

300 Hurdles
It was another personal best for Caitlyn Rowland, this time in the 300 hurdles. The junior finished in 47.12 and moves to #2 all-time in school history.

For Matt Weeks the 300 hurdles marked his fourth and final event of the championships. The school record holder finished in 42.25 for sixth place capping an impressive WCAL Championship.

4x100 relay
The junior varsity girls set a season best 54.22 with the team of Kathryn Li, Aamani Ponnekanti, Nicole Hobaugh and Trinity Stark.

In the frosh-soph boys race the team of Alton Julian, Charlie Bostic, Gary Coleman and Nick Trofort couldn't get past the first exchange due to a botched handoff. The team entered the meet as the top seed with two of the top three sprinters in the WCAL.

4x400 relay
The junior varsity girls team of Alexis Zenere, Hannah Theaker, Sophia Patterson and Ashley Clayton bettered their season best by more than six seconds finishing fifth in 4:26.00. The team of Vanessa Zenere, Kiko Li, Kayla Nanez and Caitlyn Rowland finished fourth in 4:18.02 in the varsity girls division.

The frosh-soph boys held their own finishing fourth in a season best 3:42.55 for the team of Preston Nguyen, Gary Coleman, Jaeden Ellis and Alton Julian.

Shot Put
Elena Bruckner broke a slew of records with one fifth round throw went sailing 54 feet, 7 inches; the mark betters the WCAL, CCS and State records. Happy with the distance she wasn't happy with execution of the throw. "It came off one finger," Bruckner said of the record. "It didn't get all of it." Bruckner followed up with an impressive sixth round of 54-6.

[CA MileSplit: New California Shot Put record for Valley Christian SJ senior, Elena Bruckner]

It was a sweep for the Lady Warriors in the shot put. Following Bruckner's 54-7 Athiya Iese finished second in 40-9, Anna Maumalanga finished third in a personal best 35-1.

Dylan McCreery won the first WCAL shot put title in school history matching his personal best with a throw of 50-11. He is the top seed heading into the CCS Trials on Saturday. In the frosh-soph division Daniel Machado finished third (46-10) and Brandt Bauhger ninth in 40-0.5

[DyeStatCal Video: Elena Bruckner Record Shot Put 54-7]

Perhaps overshadowed by her state record in the shot put Bruckner also had an impressive series in the discus winning her third WCAL title with a throw of 172-0. It was an impressive day all around in the discus as two personal bests from Athiya Iese (127-1) and Anna Maumalanga (118-0) clinched a sweep and CCS qualifying, as they all surpassed the CCS automatic qualifier.

Max Moore set a school record in the boys discus winning the WCAL title in the discus with a throw of 157-8. Moore is currently ranked #3 in CCS and is the top seed entering the CCS Trials after recording the furthest throw of all the league championships in the CCS. Brant Baugher finished eighth in the Frosh-Soph division with a throw of 93-5.

Long Jump
Mitchell Rohr finished fourth with a jump of 20-2.5. The wind didn't help efforts to hit the CCS Auto qualifier as Rohr's mark was into a -3.1 m/s headwind. Yvonne Ma finished seventh in the junior varsity girls with a mark of 14-5.

Triple Jump
Matt Weeks moves onto the CCS Trials finishing second with a mark of 43-1. He is ranked #7 heading into Saturday's CCS Trials.

High Jump
Matt Weeks secured a sixth place finish in the high jump as 3rd through eighth place all hit 5-8

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Elena Bruckner Sets State Record in Shot Put!

Elena Bruckner led a Valley Christian sweep in both the shot put and discus at the WCAL Finals on Friday. Bruckner's winning shot put throw of 54-7 is a new California record and is #4 all-time in U.S. history. (Pictured left to right: Anna Maumalanga, Athiya Iese, Elena Bruckner)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WCAL Championship Meet Information

Mountain View, CA - The Warriors will compete in the WCAL Finals Friday, May 13 at Saint Francis High School. Valley Christian will be represented by 43 athletes, eight of whom enter the meet as top seeds in their event:
  • 4x100 meter relay (Julian, Bostic, Coleman, Trofort - FS)
  • Charlie Bostic (100 meters - FS)
  • Charlie Bostic (200 meters - FS)
  • D'Angelo McKenzie (110 Hurdles)
  • Dylan McCreery (Shot Put)
  • Max Moore (Discus)
  • Elena Bruckner (Shot Put)
  • Elena Bruckner (Discus)

WCAL Championship Website: CLICK HERE
Here you will find meet information, schedule, live results, meet records, lane assignments and more.

Results will be posted throughout the meet at this link.

WCAL Finals Schedule: CLICK HERE
The meet will run on schedule. Know when your event is!

WCAL Finals Program: CLICK HERE
Entries and lane assignments for all athletes entered in the WCAL Finals.

WCAL Championship Meet Records: CLICK HERE
Lots of Valley Christian athletes in the record books. Some updates are going to be needed after this year's meet! 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Meet Highlights: WCAL Trials

Mountain View, CA - The Valley Christian Track & Field team competed in the WCAL Trials Saturday. The Warriors advance athletes in every event contested.

Highlighting the day was a sweep in the throws as Valley Christian has the top seed in the four varsity events. The lady Warriors finished 1-2-3 in both the shot put and the discus led by Elena Bruckner, who is the top seed in both. Dylan McCreery is the top seed in the shot put with a mark of 50-4. Max Moore is the top seed in the discus, matching his personal best 152-7.

Charlie Bostic leads the sprints as the top seed in the 100 and 200 meters in the Frosh-Soph division. Nick Trofort also won his heat of the 100 & 200 to move on as an automatic qualifier.

D'Angelo McKenzie lowered his personal best for the fourth consecutive week in the 110 hurdles and enters the finals as the top seed. Running into a slight -0.3 headwind McKenzie finished in 15.44 and remains undefeated in league action this season. Also advancing in the 110 hurdles is Jonathon Sum; Daniel Lin advances in the Frosh-Soph 65 hurdles.

Nedu Ndili led a slew of personal bests in the 800 meters winning his heat in a personal best 1:57.67. Cameron Lockard (2:05), Sam Cuevas (2:08) and Francisco Hererra (2:13) all bettered their lifetime best, as did Preston Nguyen (2:09), Jake DeMoss (2:15), Ryan Morton (2:21) and Jacob Reese (2:27) in the Frosh-Soph division.

Caitlyn Rowland and Kayla Nanez advance in the 400 meters. Rowland also advances in the 300 Hurdles.

Advancing in the 100 hurdles is Jessica Hanjojo; Yvonne Ma advances in the long jump.

Six athletes move on in the 800 meters, all with season bests. Vanessa Zenere ran a personal best 2:27 to lead the girls middle distance. Kiko Li (2:33) and Kailey Eddy (2:35) also advance. In the Junior Varsity division Sophia Patterson (2:34), Ashley Clayton (2:34) and Hannah Theaker (2:35) also punched their ticket to Friday's finals.

In all there were 32 season bests on the day, highlighting a strong showing by the Warriors heading into the WCAL Championship. The WCAL Finals are Friday, May 13 at Saint Francis High School. Field events start at 3 pm, running events at 5 pm.

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