Monday, September 8, 2014

Nathan Lynch and Camille Reed Lead Warriors at Early Bird Invitational

DSC_0470Salinas, CA - The Warriors opened the 2014 season at the Early Bird Invitational. Held at Toro Park in Salinas, the 3.0 mile course will host the CCS Championships in November and featured over 2500 athletes and 50 teams from throughout Northern California.

Nathan Lynch led an impressive performance for the boys team that collectively matched the team record of 91:09 set in 2011. Lynch moves to #4 all-time with his mark of 17:23 but it was the strength of the core runners that was most impressive. Six runners ran in the mid 18's or faster as four of the top five runners earn recognition in the top 16 marks all-time for the Warriors. Justin Baraona improved nearly 90 seconds over last year's time and moves to #10 all-time for the Warriors with his finish of 18:13. Joining him on the all-time list is Nedu Ndili and Peter Enfantino who both ran personal bests.

While the younger runners enjoyed the early morning fog, the sun broke through for the upperclassman. Just seconds off their personal bests were Jeremy Dong (18:32) and Jason Li (18:33). Cameron Lockard, a baseball player in the spring, is on the comeback path after having to take the summer off.  Lockard continues to progress and his time of 19:00 was a personal best and a moral boost that he is returning to form. Freshman Joseph Reanti was impressive his first time on the course running a 19:33.

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Freshman Camille Reed was the top finisher for the Lady Warriors debuting with a very solid 21:28, her time places her to #17 all-time for the Warriors. Nicole Favre had the second fastest mark of the day. Running in the community race due to a commitment later in the day, she finished in a respectable 22:15, just off her personal best of 21:45 run in last years race. It was then a slew of new-comers. Kiko Li, a sophomore, is in her first year of cross country and continues to improve every week.  Running a range of events last year in track her resume included every distance from 100-800 meters, including the hurdles.  By the end of the season she had focused in on the 800 meters and ended up a finalist at the WCAL Championship in the JV division, respectably.  Carrying that momentum with her this fall she ran strong in the team time trial and impressively finished third on the day for the Warriors in 22:49. Brianna Becerra, a freshman, and sophomore Lauren Cicisly also had strong performances.  Cicisly, a soccer player, started fast.  While the quick pace took the toll later in the race she held on and ran competitively all the way to the finish.    

The Warriors head south again this week as they will compete in the RLS Relays in Pebble Beach.

Full Results: CLICK HERE

Valley Christian Team Results:

17:23
Nathan Lynch

21:28
Camille Reed
18:13
Justin Baraona

22:15
Nicole Favre
18:30
Nedu Ndili

22:49
Kiko Li
18:31
Peter Enfantino

23:17
Brianna Becerra
18:32
Jeremy Dong

23:19
Lauren Cicisly
18:33
Jason Li

23:28
Leia Wang
19:00
Cameron Lockard

25:11
Vanessa Giacalone
19:24
Mathew Weeks

26:36
Sophia Patterson
19:33
Joseph Reanti

26:41
Maggie Theaker
20:26
Sam Han

27:03
Caitlyn Rowland
21:19
Tejas Reddy

27:28
Becka Bruckner



28:33
Grace Cardona


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Warriors Kick Off Season at 2014 Watermelon Run

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Santa Cruz, CA - The sixth annual Watermelon Run kicked off the 2014 cross country season Saturday with a 2.1 mile run through the redwoods. The annual affair is supposed to be an informal "rust burner," a time trial in efforts to transition from the summer training to the more competitive fall.  The first actual race is not for another week, no uniforms are dawned, there is no entry list or official start time other than we "start when we are ready."  It is about as old school as it gets. And yet there is an underlying competitiveness that never fails to breakthrough. The varsity spots are up for grabs and after a summer of running it is a time to test that fitness.

That competitiveness was on display at the 6th annual Watermelon Run as Nathan Lynch bettered his personal best and moved to #2 all-time. He was not the only one moving up the list.  Six Warriors cracked the 13 minute mark this year, nearly matching the previous five years combined.  Nedu Ndili improved over two minutes from last season moving to #5 all-time for the Warriors.  Also cracking the 13 min mark was Jason Li, Jeremy Dong, Justin Baraona and Peter Enfantino.  Top freshman on the day was Kyle Higdon who finished in 13:52.

Leading the way for the girls was Kailey Eddy cracking the 15 minute barrier. Freshman Camille Reed was the second across the line for the Warriors impressively, her mark of 15:35 is one of the top marks for freshman. Another new comer, Lauren Cicisly, had a strong debut with a mark of 16:41. She was followed by Nicole Favre and Leia Wang. Another freshman who finished in the team's top seven was Brianna Becerra who's 17:18 moves her into the team's top 20 all-time list.

The Warriors next travel to Toro Park in Salinas to open their season at the Early Bird Invitational. Races begin at 9 am with the Freshman Girls division.

2014 Watermelon Run Results:

Nathan Lynch
12:07
Kailey Eddy
14:57
Nedu Ndili
12:44
Camille Reed
15:35
Jason Li
12:53
Lauren Cicisly
16:41
Jeremy Dong
12:58
Nicole Favre
16:43
Justin Baraona
12:58
Leia Wang
16:45
Peter Enfantino
12:59
Brianna Becerra
17:18
Sam Han
13:41
Vanessa Giacalone
17:24
Kyle Higdon
13:52
Kiko Li
17:28
Cameron Lockard
14:01
Rebekah Bruckner
19:41
Joseph Reanti
14:28
Maggie Theaker
19:41
Mathew Weeks
14:55
Caitlyn Rowland
20:13
Wilson Chung
15:28
Alex Ruiz-Garcia
20:14
Will Bainbridge
16:03
Grace Ding
20:50
Wilson Ye
17:47
Sophia Paterson
21:52
Tyler White
18:03
Grace Cardona
23:36
Andrew Zhang
19:16
Lydia Sum
28:44
Patrick McCoy
20:12
Nicole Shak
28:44
Mason Oldriod
20:52


Dylan Clevenger
22:48


Jonathon Sum
24:27


Steven He
27:58