Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boys Cross Country On a Mission; Girls Impress

DSC_0879San Francisco, CA - The Warriors made the annual trek to Golden Gate Park for their second of three WCAL meets of the season Wednesday. After back-to-back races in temperatures over 90 degrees the reprieve of San Francisco weather was a welcome one, as the clear skies and ocean breeze led to slew of breakthroughs and personal best performances.

Coming off the Clovis Invitational just 5 days prior the boys had the goal of running a steady 5:45 pace per mile, the pace needed to meet the CCS qualifier.  Nathan Lynch led the charge with a 5:39 downhill mile with all five varsity runners in tow.  The pack held together coming back up a small hill to the 2 mile mark in 11:30.  Lynch, along with Cameron Lockard held their pace coming through three miles in 17:13 and 17:14 respectably.  Lockard continues to impress and climb the ranks. After missing all of the summer due to a baseball injury he is now returning to form and is a major contributor on the varsity squad.

Dean DeMoss (17:25) and Justin Baraona (17:30) were next across the line as Jason Li rounded out the scoring team finishing in 18:11.  The boys once again took down the school record for combined team time.  Impressively the spread from their #1 to #5 fastest runners was just 20 seconds. Their mark of 87:03 is their seventh consecutive team record this season.

The junior varsity race also saw some solid performances on the day. Sophomore Matt Weeks led the way with an impressive 17:34 showing which places him tenth all-time for the Warriors. His time ranked fifth for the Warriors on the day. He was followed by Jeremy Dong in 17:44 who was just seconds off of his personal best run here his freshman year.  Freshman Joseph Reanti (18:11) and Kyle Higdon (18:20) smashed their personal bests; Peter Enfantino finished in 18:20. Impressive is the Warriors depth as 11 runners finished in the 18's or faster.

DSC_0831The Girls team also saw some outstanding performances.  Freshman Camille Reed finished 15th on the day running 20:03 which moves her to #4 all-time for the Warriors.  She was followed by Kailey Eddy, who ran steady and under control in her first race back from shin splints.  Nicole Favre was just seconds off her personal best finshing in 21:09 while first year runner Kiko Li continues to see steady improvement finishing in a huge personal best for three miles of 21:15.  Vanessa Giacalone finished in 21:50, also a personal best for the course.  Also Ashley Lara continues to show progress in her comeback and was solid through two miles and looks to be ready to make a full return next week.

The JV girls saw some huge breakthroughs of their own.  Lauren Cicisly and Sophia Patterson we side by side for the entire three miles feeding off and encouraging one another along the way.  A sprint to the finish still only separated them by tenths of a second as both recorded finishing times of 22:13. This was Patterson's first finish under 24 minutes.  NMot far behind was Brianna Becerra (22:36) and Hannah Theaker (22:43), who also scored her first time under 24 minutes!  Maggie Theaker was under the weather as a cold has made its way through the team but she still ran an incredible three minute personal best!  Joycee Zhow and Grace Cardona also had great runs as the hard work is paying off as both set personal best marks!

Full Results: CLICK HERE

Friday, October 17, 2014

Team Results From WCAL#2 at Golden Gate Park

For Full Results Click Here: JV Boys, JV Girls, Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls

Valley Christian Team Results:

17:13
Nathan Lynch

20:02
Camille Reed

5:37, 11:29 (5:52), 17:13 (5:44)


6:15, 13:11 (6:56), 20:02 (6:51)
17:14
Cameron Lockard

20:53
Kailey Eddy

5:37, 11:32 (5:55), 17:14 (5:42)


6:15, 13:38 (7:23), 20:53 (7:15)
17:25
Dean DeMoss

21:09
Nicole Favre

5:37, 11:32 (5:55), 17:25 (5:53)


6:46, 14:08 (7:22), 21:09 (7:01)
17:30
Justin Baraona

21:15
Kiko Li

5:37, 11:33 (5:56), 17:30 (5:57)


6:46, 14:08 (7:22), 21:15 (7:07)
17:34
Mathew Weeks

21:50
Vanessa Giacalone

5:25, 11:34 (6:09), 17:34 (6:00)


6:46, 14:23 (7:37), 21:50 (7:27)
17:44
Jeremy Dong

22:13
Lauren Cicisly

5:25, 11:40 (6:15), 17:44 (6:04)


6:42, 14:30 (7:48), 22:13 (7:43)
18:11
Jason Li

22:13
Sophia Patterson

5:37, 11:46 (6:09), 18:11 (6:25)


6:42, 14:30 (7:48), 22:13 (7:43)
18:11
Joseph Reanti

22:36
Brianna Becerra

5:42, 12:04 (6:22), 18:11 (6:07)


6:52, 14:54 (8:02), 22:36 (7:42)
18:19
Kyle Higdon

22:43
Hannah Theaker

5:42, 12:04 (6:22), 18:19 (6:15)


7:02, 14:57 (7:55), 22:43 (7:46)
18:20
Peter Enfantino

24:15
Maggie Theaker

5:25, 11:43 (6:18), 18:20 (6:37)


7:35, 16:01 (8:26), 24:15 (8:14)
20:25
Tejas Reddy

24:39
Joycee Zhou

6:02, 13:11 (7:09), 20:25 (7:14)


7:35, 15:48 (8:13), 24:39 (8:51)
20:50
Wilson Chung

27:56
Grace Cardona

6:02, 13:21 (7:19), 20:50 (7:29)


7:53, 17:49 (9:56), 27:56 (10:07)
21:11
Sam Han




6:06, 13:22 (7:16), 21:11 (7:49)



21:44
Will Bainbridge




6:47, 14:12 (8:35), 21:44 (7:32)



23:30
Patrick McCoy




6:31, 15:12 (8:41), 23:30 (8:18)



24:24
Mason Oldroyd




7:30, 16:17 (8:47), 24:24 (8:07)



26:24
Dylan Clevenger




7:28, 17:03 (9:35), 26:24 (9:21)



26:31
Jonathon Sum




7:55, 17:15 (9:20), 26:31 (9:16)



26:34
Justin Salim




7:38, 16:57 (9:19), 26:34 (9:38)



26:52
Kendrick Williams




7:44, 17:25 (9:41), 26:52 ( 9:27)






Monday, October 13, 2014

Team Record Falls for Sixth Consecutive Week

IMG_0187Fresno, CA - The Valley Christian cross country team traveled to Woodward Park in Fresno this past weekend to compete in the Clovis Invitational.  The 5k race is held on the same course at the State Championship in November and is a preview of sorts as many of the top teams in California were in attendance.

Summer has sufferingly held on through October and once again conditions were less than ideal. As temperatures soared into the uncomfortable 90+ range, the heat no doubt took its toll on the finishing times. Despite the adverse weather the Warriors once again battled through, again downing a team record, this one by over 40 seconds. It is their sixth in as many weeks.

Nathan Lynch once again was the top finisher for the Warriors, medaling in his divisional race and improving over 90 seconds from his best set in 2012. It went without mention but it was an important day for the senior. After this race two years ago Lynch was diagnosed with cancer.  Not only did his season end abruptly, but life as he knew it had changed forever. But to him the significance of this race was not because of the past but because of the future. His team is on the brink of qualifying for their first CCS Championship as a team for DIII and are currently ranked fourth in CCS.  There is no time to look back when you are moving forward.    


Lynch led an inspired Warriors squad to a solid all-around performance Saturday.  His time of 17:16 lands him #2 all-time for the Warriors for the Woodward Park course. His work ethic has set the tone for the team this season and the younger runners are blossoming under his leadership. Justin Baraona ran a personal best by over a minute and moves to #4 all-time. Cameron Lockard moves to #7 on the list with his finish of 18:07. Jason Li and Dean DeMoss battled through cramping and grinded out the last mile to close out the team's scoring. All runners were under 18:35, averaging below 6 minute pace per mile.

For the girls freshman Camille Reed continues to be stellar and debuts #19 all-time for the Warriors at Woodward Park. Other highlights include Lauren Cicisly medaling in the frosh-soph girls race and Sophia Patterson getting her goal of dipping under the 24 min mark for 5k for the first time in the Frosh-Soph race.

The Warriors will travel to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Thursday to compete in the second WCAL meet of the season.

Full Results: Girls, Boys, Girls Frosh-Soph

Team Results:

17:16
Nathan Lynch

21:11
Camille Reed

5:05, 10:58 (5:53), 16:41 (5:43)


6:09, 13:28 (7:19), 20:36 (7:08) 
18:00
Justin Baraona

22:13
Nicole Favre

5:22, 11:25 (6:05), 17:25 (6:00)


6:33, 14:08 (7:35), 21:40 (7:32)
18:07
Cameron Lockard

22:33
Kiko Li

5:22, 11:33 (6:10), 17:36 (6:03)


6:27, 14:08 (7:42), 21:56 (7:48)
18:25
Jason Li

22:56
Vanessa Giacalone

5:24, 11:51 (6:27), 17:48 (5:57)


6:33, 14:08 (7:35), 22:22 (8:14)
18:35
Dean DeMoss

23:22
Lauren Cicisly

5:20, 11:43, 18:00 (6:17)


6:47, 14:40 (7:53), 22:43 (8:03)



23:38
Leia Wang




6:40, 14:41 (8:01), 23:00 (8:19)



23:44
Sophia Patterson




6:42, 14:47 (8:05), 23:04 (8:17)



23:44
Brianna Becerra




6:59, 15:08 (8:09), 23:05 (7:57)