Thursday, April 19, 2018

Meet Recap: SHC @ Valley Christian

San Jose, CA - The Warriors posted 76 season best performances, four of which landed on the team's all-time list. While the sprint crew continues to impress it was big performances in the field events that stood out. Isaiah Mcelvane (20-7) and D'von Lang (20-6) both surpassed 20 feet for the first time landing on the team's all-time list. Also having a strong day was Jacob Longworth who jumped 19-9.5 in the long jump and 40-2.5 in the triple jump. The junior is in his first year of Track & Field.

Another outstanding performance came from the boys 4x400 team of Deven Vanderbilt, Jack Adamson, Preston Nguyen and Nick Trofort. The team hit a season best 3:37.69 which ranks them #7 all-time in school history.

Also moving up the team's all-time list was Alexis McMahon. She hit a personal best in the 300 meter hurdles running 50.53. That mark ranks #9 all-time in team history.

Links: Results | Pics

Additional Highlights:
  • D'Von Lang ran a personal best 22.96 in the 200 meters, his first under the 23 mark.
  • Christine Albrecht won the 800 in her first race back from injury running 2:31. Katelyn Stone, the defending WCAL champion at 3200 meters also returns from injury running 2:41.  
  • Will Luders won the mile in a solo 4:43.76. The freshman has won a varsity race in all but one of his meets so far this season.
  • Zach Mullis hit a 30+ second PR in the 3200 running 12:01. He has taken more than a minute off his previous best in his last two attempts at the distance!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Meet Recap: VC @ Saint Francis

Mountain View - Valley Christian traveled to Saint Francis as the WCAL dual meet season continues. The Warriors posted 73 season best marks on the day including Alexis McMahon who moves to a #1 ranking in 100 meter hurdles running a personal best 16.48.

It was a strong showing in the sprints as Coleman Kyles won the 100 meters in a season best 11.29 and D'Von Lang led a sweep in the 200 meters. David Shao won the Frosh-Soph 100 meters in 11.45 and finished second in the 200 meters. The varsity boys team also won the 4x100 meter relay.

Links: Results | Pics

Additional Team Highlights:
  • Fallon Dexheimer and Nina Barry both move into the Top 7 in the WCAL rankings, cracking 13 seconds for the first time this season. Dexheimer posted a personal best 12.89, Barry finished in 12.94, respectably. 
  • Warriors went 1-2 in the long jump. D'Von Lang won the varsity boys with a mark of 19-6.5. Isaiah Mcelvane finished in second just behind in 19-5. Lucus Ramirez won the Frosh-Soph boys division with a mark of 17-7.25.
  • Grace Blaha got a big personal best in the triple jump bettering 30 feet for her first time. Her mark of 30-6.25 was a personal best by nearly 1 foot!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trofort Wins in Season Debut at K-Bell Invitational

Los Gatos, CA - It was a strong showing for the Warriors at the K-Bell Invitational, led by Nick Trofort winning the 100 meters in the fastest time in CCS this season. Trofort also anchored the 4x100 relay team that finished second in 44.07, a time that ranks #10 all-time in school history.

Deven Vanderbilt made it a Warrior sweep in the 100 meters winning the Frosh-Soph race in a personal best 11.64. The sophomore also finished third in the 200 meters with a time of 23.99. David Shao continues his strong start finishing sixth in the 100 meters in a season best 11.91. Vanderbilt and Shao, along with Seth Hoque and Presley Lara finished second in the 4x100 meter relay.

The girls also saw some outstanding performances on the day led by Emily Hidalgo who ran a personal best 13.39 in the 100 meters and 27.69 in the 200 meters. Skye Scott also dipped under 28 seconds finishing in 27.77.

The cooler temps and rain were not beneficial to fast sprint times but the distance events had no qualms. Freshman Will Luders broke the freshman team record for 3200 meters running 10:16. Noah Shinn ran near perfect splits to finish in 10:38 while Ben Kaestner finished in solid 11:19 leading much of the way in the second heat. The biggest improvement of the day came from Nate Moore who finished in 10:50 in the varsity race. His time bettered his previous best by more than a minute.

Seth Hoque won the Frosh-Soph boys triple jump with a mark of 40-5. Brant Baugher hit a personal best of 111-5 in the varsity boys discus.

Links: Results | Pics

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Strong Early Season Marks as Warriors Open Track & Field Season at Willow Glen Invitational

San Jose, CA - The first race of the Willow Glen Invitational was a winner as the Frosh-Soph girls who kick off the 2018 Track & Field season atop the podium. The team of Sophia Rios, Emily Hidalgo, Julie Price and Hannah Lindstrom crossed the line in 53.94.

Coleman Kyles was the top finisher in the 100 meters running 11.74 into a -1.9 headwind to place fourth in the varsity boys division. And it was a 1-2 finish in the frosh-soph 100 meters as David Shao won with a time of 12.00, Deven Vanderbilt was second in 11.69.

In the frosh-soph girls division Emily Hidalgo ran 14.38 into a brutal -3.7 mps headwind to finish fourth over-all, Hannah Lindstrom was sixth in 14.47 into a -2.4 mps headwind.

Kevin Puorro recovered from a bad start to finish within a tenth of a second of his personal best in 65m Hurdles running 11.09.

Freshman Will Luders had a strong debut performance running the #8 all-time mile time in school history and #2 for freshman. Noah Shinn who just wrapped up basketball capped his first week of track & field with a 5 min mile running 5:00.42. Ben Kaestner made it a trio of impressive runs for freshman running 5:18. In the varsity race Jack Adamson led the way running just 1 second off his personal best finishing in 5:02. Nathan Moore ran a personal best 5:12.

In the field events Brant Baugher led the throws with a mark of 38-11 in the varsity boys shot put. Seth Hoque led the jumpers with a mark of 17-9 in the long jump and 40-7.5 in the triple jump.

The Warriors compete at the K-Bell Invitational at Los Gatos High School March 10th.

Links: Results | Pics

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Backyard Bash Kicks Off 2018 Season

San Jose, CA - The Backyard Bash kicked off the Track & Field season for the third consecutive year as Valley Christian hosted Willow Glen and Andrew Hill in Warrior Stadium.

The track & field version of the Backyard Bash is inspired from Andrew Hill coach Jason Guven who hosts an annual "neighborhood" run at Hellyer Park during the cross country season. Both meets have become something athletes from all teams look forward to and had become a fun tradition to kick off the year. "Our kids have been looking forward to this meet all week," Willow Glen's Coach Santamaria commented after the meet.

One unique quality of the "Bash" is that music plays throughout the meet and during races.  The festive atmosphere is intended to ease some early season jitters while getting athletes ready for upcoming meets. While the low-key atmosphere can help ease the nerves it had little effect on the competitiveness of the evening. Handoffs were a little shaky but there were some outstanding marks as three relay teams finished with a time ranking in the top 3 in school history.

Links: Results | Pics

Meet Highlights:
  • The relay team of David Shao, Zac Laidlaw, Isreal Gonzales and Coleman Kyles had two outstanding runs finishing first in both the 4 x 200 meter relay and the sprint medley. Thier time of 1:38.44 is the #2 all-time mark in school history. This team also finished strong in the sprint medley relay running taking first with a time of 1:41.55, the #3 mark all-time.
  • The distance medley team of Will Luders, Nikolas Trofort, Jack Adamson and Joseph Renati finished just 10 seconds off the school record running 11:17.42, the #2 all-time mark in school history. 
  • Juliana Price, Skye Scott, Amber Lao and Hannah Lindstrom finished just two seconds off the school record in the girls 4 x 200 relay. Their time of 1:57.87 is #3 all-time for the Warriors.