Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meet Highlights: Valley Christian @ Mitty

San Jose, CA - Valley Christian traveled to Mitty Wednesday competing in WCAL action. Varsity boys picked up their third win of the season defeating Mitty 86-46. It was a windy and tough day but 47 season bests were recorded on the day, including D'Angelo McKenzie lowering his school record to 15.58 in the 110 hurdles.


Meet Highlights:

  • Charlie Bostic (11.13) and Nick Trofort (11.33) went 1-2 in the Varsity 100 meters and took advantage of a tail wind to record their best time this season.
  • Jonathan Sum ran a personal best 16.54 and stands #4 all-time in school history.
  • Valley Christian took worked together and took the top 4 places in the 1600 meters. Nedu Ndili (4:45), Joe Renati (4:46), Cameron Lockard (4:47) and Sam Cuevas (4:48) all finished within 3 seconds of each other.
  • Max Moore remains undefeated in WCAL competition wining the boys discus (148-2). Dylan McCreery won the shot put.
  • Matt Weeks was a three event winner on the day finishing first in the long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles.
  • Athena Iese won both the shot put and the discus.
  • Katheryn Li finished 15-3.5 in the long jump and is #11 all-time. Freshman Yvonne Ma won the JV division with a personal best 14-10.5.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Big Week For Warrior Track & Field; Six School Records Fall In Four Days

San Jose, CA - Elena Bruckner’s first first throw at the CCS Top 8 Invitational brought a mix of emotions. Frustration has built as the season progressed as the senior, and national leader, kept looking for that personal best. She has come close: a throw of 53-5 in the shot put in March was close, as was her 181-1 mark in the discus against Saint Francis a few days later.

Friday night was not perfection but it was a relief. On her first throw of the evening she sent the discus sailing 186-10 inches. That mark not only surpasses her own CCS record but is the fourth furthest throw in U.S. history by a high school athlete.

[Elena Bruckner 186'10" Discus Throw - YouTube]

The next day it was the shot put record that would fall, again on the first throw. Bruckner’s mark of 53-7 betters her previous best by 1.5 inches and also breaks her own CCS record. Two records in two days is quite the fete but Bruckner believes there is still room for improvement.

"I'd been having a very consistent season but hadn't had any PRs yet so it was very exciting to finally break through,” Bruckner said. "My throws were far from perfect so that shows me that even bigger throws are on the way."

While records and wins are nice, the throws crew has put in long hours and the work needed to see such acomplishment. There are good days and bad, but regardless they push on. “We have our saying, ‘J.K.T.’ which means Just Keep Throwing. Don't give up,” Coach Rolle said. “If we just keep throwing, great things will happen.”

Several great things did happened this past weekend. “Personal record, school record, meet records and nationally accomplished records happened because we made the decision long time ago that despite what things look like, we just keep going. We don't quit,” Coach Rolle said reflecting on the weekend.

“I am extremely proud of each and every one of my throwers.”

In addition to Bruckner’s Discus and Shot Put records, two other records fell this weekend. The first of which came at the CCS Top 8 in the 110 hurdles. D’Angelo McKenzie bettered the 13 year old record, running in lane eight, finishing in 15.73. McKenzie is currently the #1 sophomore in CCS for the event.

[D’Angelo McKenzie 15.73 - 110 Hurdles]

McKenzie also contributed to the co-ed 4 x 200 record set the next day at the Saint Francis Invitational. A rarely contested event, the team of Caitlyn Rowland, Kayla Nanez, D’Angelo McKenzie and Nick Trofort took nearly 5 seconds off last year’s best with a time of 1:41.67.

Wednesday the school record for 300 Hurdles was bettered by Matt Weeks; The freshman record in the 400 meters by Kayla Nanez.

Near Miss

Another record nearly fell Friday as Sophomore Joe Renati becomes the third runner in school history to dip under the 10 minute mark for 3200 meters bettering Sean Davis’ #2 time, which Davis also ran his sophomore year. Renati took to the front of the loaded CCS Top 8 field splitting two consecutive sub 5 miles to finish in 9:51.28, just 0.44 off the school record set by Eyobed Mesfun in 2014.


CCS Top 8 Results / Saint Francis Results / Saint Francis Inv. Pics / Mercury News Article

Additional Highlights:

  • Max Moore finished 2nd in the discus at the CCS Top 8 Invitational on Friday and won the next day at Saint Francis (148-4.5). Moore has been consistent all season and one of the top ranked discus throwers in the section. 
  • Athiya Iese bettered her personal best to 41-5.5 in the shot put finishing second behind teammate Elena Bruckner at the CCS Top 8 Invitational. 
  •  Caitlyn Rowland recovered from slipping out of the blocks to finish in a personal best time of 48.07 in the 300 Hurdles. Her time is currently #4 all-time. 
  • The boys 4 x 100 held their own against the best in the section running 43.49, just 0.02 off their best this season. 
  • It was a 9 second breakthrough for Cameron Lockard in the boys mile, running a personal best of 4:45 for the mile (4:43.9 converted 1600 meters) to move to #7 on the Warriors' all-time list. 
  • Lockard came back later in the day to lead off the boys Distance Medley team. Lockard, along with Will Bainbridge, Francisco Hererra and Sam Cuevas improved their season best by 10 seconds finishing in 11:35.69.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Meet Highlights: Sacred Heart @ Valley Christian

San Jose, CA - The Warriors hosted Sacred Heart Cathedral Wednesday, continuing WCAL dual meet competition. Both boys and girls earned their second team win of the season.

It was an impressive day that saw two school records, numerous additions to the team's all-time list and 88 season bests!

The first school record to fall was in the 400 meters. Kayla Nanez third place finish in 61.54 sets an new Freshman school record, bettering Shelby Smallwood's record of 62.01 set in 2011. Originally entered in the 100 and 200 meter races Nanez, who has had sights on the Freshman record all season, asked for the change. "I want to break the record at home," the Freshman said. "I really run fast here."

She got her race, and the record. Her time is #11 all-time in school history and currently the third fastest time this season by a freshman in the CCS.

The second record of the day fell in the boys 300 Intermediate Hurdles. The lone entrant in the race Mathew Weeks jokingly said before the race he was "going to set the school record."  Not something usually on the radar running solo. Impressively Weeks dropped nearly a second off his personal best to finish in 41.21, improving the upon the previous record by Scott Fravel in 1992.

Links: Results / Pics

Additional Meet Highlights:
  • Nick Trofort won the 100 meters in a season best 11.39. Also running under 12 seconds setting personal bests Alton Julian (11.89) and Austin Chang (11.97).
  • Mitchell Rohr moves into the top 10 all-time running 51.31 edging Nedu Ndili (51.49). Dean DeMoss was third in the race with a personal best 53.80.
  • DeAngelo McKenzie cruised the hurdles winning in 16.01, his second fastest time ever, before coming back to run 23.66 in the 200 meters. Trofort won the race in 23.34. Along with Bostic and Sturns four Warriors have run in the 23's or faster for 200 meters. 
  • For girls cracked 14 seconds in the 100 meters. Senior Sydney Clarke led the way finshing in 13.55. She was followed by Aamano Ponnekanti (13.57), Jessy Fang (13.81) and Trinity Stark (13.98). Katheryn Li (14.07) in the same race also set a personal best.
  • The 200 was also a quick one... Rowland won in 27.06 and was followed by Kayla Nanez in 27.86. Winning heat 2 was Ponnekanti in a personal best 27.75.
  • It was a personal best on Senior day for Hannah Lee who finished in 18.30.
  • It was a strong showing for Elena Bruckner. Winning the discus in 170-0, she also won the shot put in 50-7. Not happy with her mark she took an official 5th throw that sailed 54-5 hinting at the good things to come.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Meet Highlights: Bellarmine & Presentation @ VC

San Jose, CA - Bellarmine and Presentation traveled to Valley Christian to compete in WCAL dual meet action, Wednesday. With a scheduled 6 pm start the twilight meet gave families an opportunity to come cheer and athletes an opportunity to compete "under the lights." It was a successful evening that saw thirteen new additions to the team's Top 10 All-Time list!

Warrior Track & Field started the day strong: The girls 4 x 100 team dropped over a second off their season best, clocking  52.06. The boys also saw a big drop running 43.47. The team of Nick Trofort, Charlie Bostic, Deangelo McKenzie and Javon Sturns, a team of 3 sophomores and one junior, held their own against the top team in the section. They are currently #5 all-time on the team all-time list. 

That was followed by multiple season bests in the 1600 meters, three girls dipped under the 6 min mark at the mile: Sophia Patterson (5:53), Hannah Theaker (5:56) and Maggie Theaker (5:58). Deangelo McKenzie dipped under a barrier as well; winning the 110 hurdles in 15.96, a personal best and his first under 16 seconds. Jonathan Sum also ran a personal best 16.69 and moves to #4 in school history.

Three freshman swept the field in the varsity girls 400 meters. Kayla Nanez led the way running a personal best of 62.18 and is closing in on the freshman record. Ashley Clayton (66.11) and Alexis Zenere (66.40) also ran personal bests. The Warriors also saw outstanding performances in the 800 meters as Vanessa Zenere won the race in 2:30, followed by teammate Kiko Li in a personal best 2:31.

Caitlyn Rowland finished atop the podium in both the 100 meters (13.35) and the 300 hurdles (48.74).

It was a good day for the distance crew in the 3200 meters. Joe Renati clicked off consistent 75-76 second laps running negative split to finish in a personal best 10:01 (5:03, 4:58). And it was a big second half that helped Leia Wang to a 10 second personal best as well, finishing in 12:37 (6:26, 6:11). Cameron Lockard also completed a strong double. After running 4:52 in the mile he came back to finish the 3200 in 10:53, his second fastest time of the season.

The field events were stellar again. In the long jump Mitchell Rohr hit a personal best 21-2 and it was Jonathan Sum with a big personal best 19-11. Elena Bruckner won the shot put (52-5) and discus (164-4). Athiya Iese hit personal bests in both shot put (41-4) and discus (113-1). Her mark of 41-4 in the shot put is the #2 mark in CCS.

Links: Results / Pics

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Photojournalistic Journey from the Arcadia Invitational

And the rain came down. For the first time in twelve years it rained at the Arcadia Invitational leaving a muddy and flooded discus ring. Bruckner showed her grit and pose winning the event for the second consecutive year.

Elena Bruckner won the invitational discus with a throw of 166-3 outdistancing her competition by more than 16 feet. Bruckner is currently ranked #1 in the nation with a season best 181-1.

Top three finishers in the Invitational Discus (Left to Right): Pamela Amaechi (Lincoln SF); Elena Bruckner (Valley Christian SJ) and Hannah Hall (James Logan) 

Bruckner has won 5 gold medals in her three years competing at the Arcadia Invitational. She actually won two medals as a sophomore. After winning the day meet she competed in the Invitational night meet finishing in the medals there as well. 

Sophomore Athiya Iese competed in her first Arcadia Invitational finishing seventh in the Day Meet. Her mark of 38-11.5 was just off her personal best of 40-5 hit just days prior. The experience was invaluable and included a 42+ foot throw that was a foul hinting at the great things to come.