Saturday, May 27, 2017

Boys Track & Field Finishes Third in CCS!

Gilroy, CA - The Valley Christian boys Track & Field team finished third place at the CCS Championship, the highest finish in school history. It was a historic night that saw every Valley Christian athlete competing in the CCS Finals finish on the podium.

The evening began with an impressive run by the 4x100 relay, matching their season best 42.05 for a second place finish. The relay team that has been back and forth with Saint Francis all season came into the meet with a bit of uncertainty. D'Von Lang fell ill and missed much of the week and Charlie Bostic was pulled from the 200 meters as a precaution after his hamstring cramped at the end of the 100 meters at last week's trials. The team made up of three junior and one sophomore came together and punched their ticket to the State Championship.

Team Points: 8

It was a short turn around for D'Angelo McKenzie who just 40 minuted later lined up for the 110 Hurdles. McKenzie finished second in a wind legal 14.83, running into a slight -0.2 headwind. His mark lowers his school record and will mark his first appearance in the state meet in the event.

Team Points: 16

The 100 scored the Warriors 14 points in the team standings with a 2-3 finish. Charlie Bostic finished second in 10.95 running into a -0.4 headwind. Nick Trofort had a big run from lane one to finish third in 11.03.

Team Points: 30

Matt Weeks comeback from a collapsed lung just four weeks ago was complete as he finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 45-2, just 1/2 inch away from the win. The senior finished just off the podium at last year's finish and has been on a mission all season. He is currently #2 all-time in school history and after graduation on Saturday also headed to the state championship.

Team Points: 38

Dylan McCreery finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 50-7.75. McCreery hit a personal best 52-2.5 winning the WCAL title earlier this season. The four points here were huge, propelling the team to a third place finish.

Team Points: 42

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CCS Trials Recap: Warriors Athletes Advance to CCS Finals in 7 events

Nick Trofort anchors the 4x100 meter relay team to the fastest time in CCS this season clocking 42.05. The team is made up of 3 juniors and a sophomore ranks #4 all-time in school history.

Anna Maumalanga qualified for the finals in both the shot put and the discus. Hitting a personal best 35-10 in the shot put, she qualifies the 10 seed heading into the finals. Maumalanga also threw the top mark in girls discus with a throw of 124-10.

Camille Johnson will head to University of Texas to throw Javelin next year. She earned all-America honors in the event placing 5th in last year's Junior Olympics. The senior picked up the shot put for the first time this year and immediately made her mark on the Valley Christian record books. She improved steadily throughout the season culminating with a WCAL Title in the event with a personal best 35-8, a mark that is #7 all-time in school history. Johnson finished 16th at CCS Trials with a mark of 34-9, her second furthest throw ever.

D'Angelo McKenzie cruised to the final in the 110 hurdles winning his heat with a time of 15.20. He enters the finals as the #2 seed. McKenzie, the school record holder in the event, is also ranked #2 in CCS with a personal best 14.70.

McKenzie had a busy day running in three events. After leading off the the 4x100 relay and qualifying in the 110 hurdles he closed out the day with a 11.31 clocking in the 100. McKenzie finished the season with a 11.07 personal best, a mark that is #11 all-time in school history.

Charlie Bostic had a strong showing in the second leg of the 4x100 relay blowing away the field. He came back later the day to win his heat of the 100 meters running 10.90 and enters the finals as the second seed.

 Nick Trofort moves on to the 100 meter final after running 11.07 in heat 3. He has a personal best 10.84 run at the WCAL Finals and has the fourth fastest time in CCS this season.

Katelyn Stone just missed qualifying for the finals finishing 15th in the 3200 meters in 12:25. It was a blistering hot day with temperatures reaching 93 degrees and track temperatures well into the triple digits. Stones won the WCAL Championship last week with a personal best 11:30, a time that is #5 all-time in school history. 

Dylan McCreery advances to the finals in the shot put with a throw of 51-0.75, a mark that is the #4 seed heading into Friday's finals. McCreery won his second consecutive WCAL in the event hitting a personal best 52-2.5.

Matt Weeks jumped 45-4 to qualify for the finals as the #2 seed. He is currently ranked second in CCS and is also #2 in school history, just 1.5 inches off the school record.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Boys Track & Field Advances 7 to CCS; Finish 4th in Team Standings at WCAL Finals

Mountain View, CA - The boys Track & Field team advances seven athletes to CCS Trials next week following an outstanding showing at WCAL Finals, Friday. Varsity finishes 4th in team standings behind strong performances in the sprints and field events.

Full Results: Finals / Trials

Team Highlights:

4x100 Relay
The relay team of D'angelo McKenzie, Charlie Bostic, D'Von Lang and Nick Trofort finished second in a season best 42.30, also the #2 time in CCS this season.

David Shao, Coleman Kyles, Presley Lara and Eric Waltz finished third in 46.23. With D'Von Lang running and Skylar Loving-Black bumping up to varsity Lara and Waltz stepped up and filled in magnificently propelling the team to a podium finish.

Cameron Lockard was the top finisher with a 20th place finish in 4:49. It was a brave run for Lockard who unfortunately came down sick just days before. Looking to finish out his senior year it was a valiant effort that saw a strong first half in 2:18 and held on to finish just seconds off his personal best.

Jake DeMoss was top finisher in the Frosh-Soph boys running 4:59.67. Jack Adamson (5:01.60) and Jonathan Pappas (5:07.32) both hit huge personal bests and nearly dipped under the 5 min mark.
Ragav Saran finished in 5:23.07, just a half second off of his lifetime best.

High Hurdles
D'Angelo McKenzie once again found himself in a dual with rival Blake Rose resulting in a photo-finish separated my mere millimeters. McKenzie finished in 14.70 for second place, which also ranks him #2 in CCS this season. McKenzie and Blake have been seperated by just 0.01 of a second the last two years combined. In the frosh-soph boys race Kevin Puorro finished 8th in the 65 Hurdles in 11.28.

Dylan Holder has been on an upward trajectory in recent weeks culminating with a fifth place finish and personal best 54.54 for the one lap race.

Three Warriors move on in the 100 meters surpassing the CCS Automatic Qualifying mark. Charlie Bostic matches his personal best running 10.75 for a second place finish. Nick Trofort finished in a personal best 10.84 while D'Angelo McKenzie took nearly .2 off his best to finish in 11.07. Coleman Kyles made it 4 for 4 running a personal best of his own to finish fourth in a wind legal 11.28 (+2.0 wind).

Sam Cuevas knew he hand his hands full with a stacked field in the 800 meters and planned to lay it on the line. He knew playing it safe wouldn’t get him through to the next round and settled on the strategy, go for it and see what happens.It was cold windy night that saw many of the top 800 meter runners falter. Still Cuevas finished in 2:08.96 in 11th, he came into the meet ranked 12th.

Jake DeMoss had a busy night with three events on his plate. Following the 1600 and with the 4x400 leg looming he went out strong and held on to finish in 2:16.80.

Charlie Bostic lowered his personal best to 21.73 to finish second in the 200 meters. His time is #2 in CCS this season and #3 all-time for the Warriors. Nick Trofort finished 4th in 22.62. His time is the tenth fastest mark of all leagues throughout CCS.

Coleman Kyles finished 23.69 hitting another personal best. His effort was wind legal with a +1.8 tailwind, under the 2.0 legal limit.

Joe Renati’s junior year has been a turbulent one to say the least. After running 9:51 in the 3200 as a sophomore he suffered a hernia during cross country that cost him much of the season. Working hard in the off season he returned to form early spring to experience yet another setback, this time in the form of a persistent sinus infection. Persevering through the symptoms he managed to close out the season strong running 10:03.65 in the final. Cameron Lockard was under the weather and endured the 1600. Not expected to toe the line under the circumstances the senior wouldn’t have it and ran a gutsy race finishing in 10:52, just one second off his best time this season.

Freshman Jonathan Pappas and Sophomore Ragav Saran both ran lifetime bests in the Frosh-Soph 3200 finals the week prior. Pappas lowered his personal best from 11:40 to 11:09. Saran dropped 20 seconds, lowering his best from 11:45 to 11:25.

4x400 Relay
The varsity 4x400 relay team of Will Bainbridge, Alan Calominga, Qeshaun Thompson, Preston Nguyen finished sixth in 3:40.62 In the frosh-soph division Dylan Holder, Jack Adamson, Jake DeMoss and Eric Waltz also finished sixth in 3:46.11.

Shot Put
Dylan McCreery successfully defended his WCAL title winning the event with a personal best and CCS leading 52-2.5. The senior surpassed 50 feet on all of his throws with his second round throw also surpassing 52’. He is the current CCS leader in the event and #3 all-time in school history.

Kyane Schmidt broke 40’ for the first time this season at last week's trials and hit another breakthrough finishing 5th with a 3+ foot personal best hitting 43-11.

Long Jump
Will Bainbridge finished ninth in the varsity boys long jump with a mark of 19-10. He hit a personal best 20-6.25 int he WCAL Trials the week prior, a mark that is recognized #9 on the team’s all-time list. Seth Hoque finished third in the frosh-soph division with a mark of 19-0.25. Lucas Ramirez hit a personal best 18-1 to finish seventh. Ramirez has come on strong in recent weeks. He improved nearly four feet from the start of the season!

Triple Jump
It took one jump for Matt Weeks to move onto CCS hitting surpassing the automatic qualifying standard with a mark of 43-5. His Jump was good enough to finish just one inch off the winning mark. Weeks suffered a collapsed lung three weeks ago and planned to call it a day once hitting the standard. He has hit 44-10 this season which currently ranks fourth in CCS.

Seth Hoque broke the 40 foot barrier three weeks ago and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Hitting a personal best and freshman school record (42-0) at Serra he went on to jump 41-3 in the WCAL Trials and matched that same 41-3 in the finals to win the Frosh-Soph WCAL Title.

High Jump
Skylar Loving-Black came out strong this season becoming the 7th athlete in school history to clear 6-0. It is the first year jumping for the sophomore who stepped up to the varsity level for WCAL Finals. Cold windy conditions hindered the field, Loving-Black went out at 5-6 to finish

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Warriors Post Top Marks at WCAL Finals; JV Girls Win Team Title

Mountain View, CA - The Valley Christian Track & Field team competed in the WCAL Finals at Saint Francis High School, Friday. The Lady Warriors won the team title in the junior varsity division posting 144 points, their first in team history. Varsity girls previously won in 2006.

The Lady Warriors finished atop the podium in seven individual events and runner-up in six others.

Full Results: Finals / Trials

Team Highlights:

4x100 Relay
The team of Amber Lao, Nina Barry, Aamani Ponnekanti and Fallon Dexheimer set the WCAL meet record for junior varsity girls running 50.34. The team made of three freshman and one junior ranks #9 all-time in school history.

Jordan Hahn (5:38.97) and Sophia Patterson (5:40.90) both hit season best times to finish second and third in the JV girls race.

100 Hurdles
Nicole Hobaugh, Alexis McMahon and Jessica Hanjojo all hit personal bests in the final. Hobaugh finished 2nd in 17.22, McMahon 3rd in 17.29 and Hanjojo 7th in 18.72. Hobaugh moves to #7 all-time in school history, McMahon #8, respectively.

Skye Scott shot out of the blocks the first 200 meters, pushing the effort throughout the race to finish second in a personal best 63.14.

Nina Barry and Fallon Dexheimer finished 1-2 in the 100 meters both in personal best times. Barry had a fantastic start the first 30 meters and set herself apart from the field running 12.69. The race was just over the legal wind limit of 2.0 meters per second with a +2.2 tailwind. Dexheimer also had a great run finishing in 12.92. Courtney Clarke was 13.93 for 9th.

Ashley Clayton has had a super season running a personal best 2:24.74 at last week's WCAL Trials, a time that ranks #10 all-time for the Warriors. Heading into the meet she knew she would have her hands full against a strong field. A "slow & go" pace of the first lap, combined with a heavy headwind on the back stretch made for an interesting strategic race. Clayton held to the pack and put on a big kick to finish the last 100 that fell just short of a CCS qualifying position placing 4th in 2:27.00.

The JV girls race on the contrary shot out with a blistering first lap as Christine Albrecht and Carly Trent dueled through the first 500 meters. Albrecht held on to finish 2nd in 2:31.50. Sophia Patterson completed a strong double finishing 5th in 2:38. Maylene Aguilar coming off a cold was 8th in 2:41, Hahn 12th in 2:47.

300 Hurdles
Caitlyn Rowland fell victim to the flu making its way around campus but it didn't show as she hit a lifetime best in the 300 hurdles in 46.91 to finish 3rd. She moves to #2 all-time for the Warriors. It was a strong run in tough conditions that fell just short of the CCS auto-qualifier and just 0.1 from second place. Her time ranks #14 in CCS this season.

In the JV girls race it was a pair of 53's for Alexis McMahon and Jessica Hanjojo. McMahon finished 4th in a personal best 53.31, Hanjojo 6th in 53.91.

Valley Christian went 2-3-4 in the event with all three girls hitting a lifetime best. Fallon Dexheimer finished second in 26.87 and was followed by Skye Scott (27.51) and Nina Barry (27.89).

Katelyn Stone won the WCAL Championship at 3200 meters running 11:30.10, a 22 second improvement of her personal best. A group of five athletes set a solid pace for the first mile passing in 5:50. Then the pace quickened. "I just kept telling myself to hold on as long as I could," Stone said of the race. Two laps later it was Stone who was pressing. Closing the final half mile in 2:42 the freshman took the win punching her ticket to CCS. Her time ranks #5 all-time in school history.

It was a strong showing in the 3200 for the Lady Warriors as Jordan Hahn also won the JV Girls race the week prior. Hahn improved 30 seconds in her race to win in 12:06, a time that is #11 all-time in school history.

4x400 Relay
The varsity relay team of Caitlyn Rowland, Ashley Clayton, Kayla Nanez and Vanessa Zenere finished 3rd in a season best 4:11.31, the tenth fastest in school history. Christine Albrecht, Maylene Aguilar, Nicole Hobaugh and Alexis McMahon finished 3rd in the JV division with a mark of 4:27.81.

Shot Put
Camille Johnson won the varsity girls shot put marking the fourth consecutive year a Valley Christian athlete won the event. Elena Bruckner won three consecutive titles from 2014-2016, this year Johnson took the title with a personal best throw of 35-8. Johnson, who finished 5th in the Junior Olympics for the Javelin and will throw for the University of Texas next year, picked up the shot put for the first time this spring. Her mark is currently #6 all-time in team history. Three Warriors finished in the top 5. Anna Maumalanga finished second with a season best 34-9.5, Liz He was fifth in 31-0, just inch off her personal best.

Alexis Madden-Tyler finished 2nd in the junior varsity division with a personal best 28-8. Celena Nijmeh also hit a personal best, finishing 3rd with a mark of 27-0.75. Janet Qian finished seventh in 23-7.

Anna Maumalanga won the varsity girls discus with mark of 115-10. Liz He finished 6th in 84-11. Freshman Celena Nijmeh won the JV girls discus with a personal best mark of 85-1. Alexis Madden-Tyler finished fourth (76-4).

Long Jump
Fallon Dexheimer capped an outstanding day with a win in the JV girls long jump with a mark of 16-3.5. That mark moves Dexheimer to #6 all-time for the Warriors and was her fourth personal best on the day. Courtney Clarke finished 9th with a mark of 13-9.75. She jumped a personal best 14-7 in the trials.

High Jump
Yvonne Ma jumped 4-4 to finish fourth in the junior varsity high jump. Ma was one of six athletes who all tied at 4-4 but went to the tie breaker for placing discriminating by the number of misses.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Team Highlights: WCAL Trials

Mountain View, CA - Valley Christian Track & Field traveled to Saint Francis High School Saturday to compete in the WCAL Trials. The Warriors put up 51 marks collectively that advance to Friday's finals.

Two finals contested on the day was the JV 3200 and High Jump. Jordan Hahn set the table with a win in the girls 3200 meters in 12:06.18, a 30 second personal best. Her time ranks #11 all-time in team history. Yvonne Ma also put some points on the board with a 4th place finish in the girls high jump. Ma was one six athletes that all tied at 4-4 for the top mark of the day that ultimately went to a tie-breaker.

There were many outstanding marks on the day including 40 season bests and numerous heat wins. The Warriors have an athlete in the finals for every event heading into the finals.

The sprints were a bright spot placing 12 athletes in the finals for the the 100 and 200 meters alone. Charlie Bostic is the team's top seed in both events, entering #2 in the 100 meters with a time of 11.01, he is the top seed in the 200 meters with a time of 22.09. Fallon Dexheimer is the top seed in both the 100 and 200 meters in the JV division. The Freshman finished the 100 in 13.02 and the 200 meters in 27.33.

Hurdles was just as stellar. D'Angelo McKenzie won his heat in 15.12,  Freshman Kevin Puorro advances in the Frosh-Soph 65 Hurdles and three girls are moving on to the 100H final. Nicole Hobaugh is the #3 seed after winning her heat in the 100 hurdles in 17.83. She is joined by Alexis McMahon and Jessica Hanjojo, who advance in the 100H & 300H.

Ashley Clayton will be one of the top entrants in the 800 meters after finishing the varsity girls race with the second fastest time of the day running a personal best 2:24.74. The Warriors advance four entries in the JV girls race. Christine Albrecht ran a strong preliminary round running 2:29.60, a five second personal best and her first run under 2:30. She is the #2 seed entering the finals. Albrecht will be joined by Sophia Patterson, Maylene Aguilar and Jordan Hahn who all ran 2:38.

Representing the boys in the middle distances: Sam Cuevas advances in varsity boys and Jake DeMoss in the frosh-soph boys.

The Warriors compete in the WCAL Finals at Saint Francis High School on Friday, May 12th. Field events start at 3 pm, Running events at 5 pm.

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