Sunday, May 24, 2015

CCS Trials Results

IMG_3494San Jose, CA - The Valley Christian Warriors competed in the CCS Trials held at San Jose City College, Saturday. Elena Bruckner, Ronna Stone and Athyia Iese all advance to the CCS Finals.

Bruckner and Stone advance in the shot put and discus as the #1 and #2 seeds. Bruckner throwing 49-11.5 in the shot put, Stone 42-1. Athiya Iese advances in the girls shot put as the #4 seed, matching her personal best 39-0. Stone is the top seed in the discus throwing a personal best 158-10, Bruckner is the #2 seed with a 152-5 mark, respectably.

The Warriors did not finish the day unscathed however. Lydia Sum entered the trials ranked #2 in CCS and had a substantial lead in her heat before clipping the sixth hurdle and unfortunatley was unable to recover. Sum finishes her career as a two-time WCAL Champion and #3 all-time in school history for the 100 hurdles. She graduates as the school record holder at the triple jump and is recognized on the all-time list for 300 hurdles, long jump and 4x100 relay.

Ronika Stone, competing in her first CCS meet in the high jump, cleared the opening height 4-10 comfortably. The lull between heights took its toll however and after a long wait to move up to the next height the WCAL Champion missed at 5-0. Stone, a standout volleyball player that has verbally committed to the University of Oregon is in her first year of the event. She set the school record of 5-5 earlier this season.

Bekah Bruckner had a tough draw as she would need to hit a personal best just to make the opening height for the high jump at the trials. It was a near miss on the third jump and an end to an amazing career for the senior. Bruckner will compete next season for Westmont College as a heptathlete. She leaves a mark on the team's all-time list in a range of events from the hurdles to the jumps. Picking up the high jump in the last week of the season she impressively finished third in the WCAL Finals with a mark of 4-8. She also impressively threw the shot put and was a top 800 meter runner this season. Bruckner also jumped 15-3 in the long jump this season as well.

Elaine Ma closes her season finishing 20th in the long jump with a mark of 15-3.5, respectably. Ma graduates #3 all-time for the Warriors with a personal best 17-8. She finished runner-up in last week's WCAL Championship with a mark of 16-3.5. Ma has been outstanding in the field events also earning recognition on the team's all-time list in the high jump and triple jump.

Ashley Lara has had a standout career as a Warrior and graduates one of the all-time best cross country and track runners in school history. A four time state meet qualifier in cross country, she won the WCAL Championship at 800 meters in 2014, running a personal bests of 2:18.73 at last year's CCS Trials. She has earned recognition on the team's all-time marks in the 400, 1600 and 3000 meters. It was an off day for Lara in the 800 meters who admittedly "felt sluggish and just never felt in it." The senior finishes her season placing 19th in 2:25. Lara finished runner-up in last week's WCAL Championship in a season best 2:19.40.

The Warriors season continues Friday at San Jose City College.  Girls shot put at 4:25 pm; Girls discus is at 6:25 pm.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

History Made, Records Broken at WCAL Championships!

2015 WCAL Finals
Mountain View, CA – The first call for running events had yet to be announced and already good things were happening at Friday’s WCAL Championships. As the crowd filtered in it was evident something big was happening in the discus ring. It was Elena Bruckner’s fourth throw that sailed 167 feet that set the stadium buzzing. Not long after the announcement of a new CCS record Bruckner sent another one out even further, this one 171 feet. Her final throw was event better, this one down the left sector propelled her into history: 182 feet, 8 inches away, her mark is currently the #1 mark in the nation and #10 all-time in U.S. history for a high school athlete.

It was a strong day for the Lady Warriors propelled by the throws. Elena Bruckner and Ronna Stone placed 1-2 in the discus and led a Valley Christian sweep in the shot put. Bruckner, Stone and Athyia Iese all advance finishing 1-2-3 surpassing the automatic qualifying mark of 36-5.

Lydia Sum was impressive in the 100 hurdles, repeating as WCAL Champion. Her time of 14.90 is #3 all-time for the Warriors. Also winning a WCAL title was Ronika Stone in the high jump. In just her first year of the event she has set school record at 5 feet, 5 inches and is currently ranked #3 in CCS.

2015-05-15 WCAL Final-298Also moving on to the CCS Trials is Ashley Lara and Elaine Ma. Lara finished 2nd in the 800 meters in a season best 2:19.40, Ma finished 2nd in the long jump with a mark of 16-3. Rebekah Bruckner also advances in the high jump after finishing 3rd with a personal best 4-8.

The boys team is composed of talented youth, and it showed with third place finish in the Frosh-Soph division. A well rounded team with medalists in every discipline the boys featured two WCAL Champions: In the sprints Trent Laubach won the 200 meters in 22.87; in the jumps Mathew Weeks won the high jump with a mark of 5-8.

Matthew Weeks scored 20 points and was a finalist in four events. In addition to winning the high jump Weeks was also third in the triple jump, fourth in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the long jump.

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Additional Meet Highlights:
  • Nick Trofort had a big day in the 100 meters running a huge personal best 11.38. He also scored in the 200 meters and the 4 x 100 meter relay
  • Dylan McCreery just missed the frosh-soph shot put record with a huge personal best 47-8 to finish second place in WCAL. 
  • Max Moore finished second in the discus with a throw of 130-4. That moves him to #6 all-time in Valley Christian history.
  • Jonathan Sum also narrowly missed the 65 meter hurdle record. His run of 9.64 is the second fastest in school history.
  • Nedu Ndili becomes the third runner in school history to run under two minutes in the 800 meters, finishing in second place in the frosh-soph division with a 1:59.19. That is followed by a strong performance in the 1600 the week prior where the sophomore ran 4:32 for the mile.
  • The top 5 mile marks in 2015 were all set at the WCAL Finals. Joe Renati, Dean DeMoss, Nathan Lynch and Justin Baraona all ran under. Eight runners cracked the 5 minute barrier in the mile this season, the most in school history. 
  • Two mile madness: eight boys have cracked the 11 min barrier this season at 3200 meters:Nathan Lynch, Nedu Ndili, Justin Baraona, Joe Renati, Sam Cuevas, Dean DeMoss, Peter Enfantino and Cameron Lockard.

Monday, May 11, 2015

WCAL Trials Results

IMG_3411Mountain View, CA - The Warriors competed in the WCAL Trials Saturday advancing athletes in every track & field event to Friday's finals.

Mathew Weeks is the first WCAL Champion of 2015 winning the Frosh-Soph high jump. The sophomore was busy, competing in four events on the day.  He also advances in the triple jump as the #1 seed and in the long jump and 300 hurdles.

Impressive in the preliminaries, Elena Bruckner set two WCAL records on the day bettering her own record in the shot put by more than 5 feet with a mark of 49-7.5. Bruckner also bettered the WCAL record in the discus by more than 28 feet with a 162-5 mark. Ronna Stone also bettered the previous WCAL record throwing 142-7 in the discus; she also threw an impressive 44-0 in the shot put. Freshman Athyia Iese finished as the #3 seed in both the shot put and the discus. Her mark of 38-2.5 in the shot put moves her to #5 all-time for the Warriors. She also hit a personal best in the discus with a 109-5 mark.

Also in the throws, Anna Maumalanga was the top mark on the day advancing as the top seed in the girls JV division for the shot put (30-11) and the #2 seed in the discus (84-10).  Max Moore advances after finishing second in the discus with a mark of 125-3. Dylan McCreery also moves on in the frosh-soph shot put.

Trent Lauback flinched at the start drawing a false start illuminating the top seed from the 100 meters. The first year sophomore bounced back in the 200 finishing as the #2 seed. He will joining Nick Trofort in the 200 final, who also qualified in the 100 meters as well. For the girls Adelyn Bui advances in the JV division in both the 100 and the 200 meters.

A slew of hurdlers are moving on: Lydia Sum ran 15.20 in her qualifying heat to advance to the final. Hannah Lee also moves on in the JV girls 100 hurdles. Jonathan Sum and Simon Lopez also advance in the 65 hurdles. A trio advances in the 300 hurdles, Mathew Weeks, Will Bain Bridge and Jonathan Sum all move on to the final.

Elaine Ma and Allison Cong move on in the girls long jump. Ma, the WCAL leader, advances as #2 seed with a mark of 16-4.75.

Ashley Lara is the top seed in the 800 meters and advances with three other Warriors to the 800 final. Vanessa Zenere ran a personal best 2:30 to advance in the varsity division as Kiko Li and Sophia Paterson both move on in the JV girls division running 2:33. Nedu Ndili advanced int he frosh-soph boys winning his heat of the 800 meters.

The Warriors compete in the WCAL Finals on Friday, May 15 at Saint Francis. Field events start at 4 pm, running events at 5 pm.

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