Sunday, September 17, 2017

Early Bird Invitational Results

In 2014 Sophia Patterson finished 125th in the freshman girls race at the Early Bird Invitational, running the 3 mile course in 26:38. Four years later as a senior Patterson placed 24th running 21:08, a 5:30 improvement that ranks #16 all-time in team history! 

Full Results: CLICK HERE



19:43Christine Albrecht16:20Joe Renati
21:08Sophia Patterson17:15Will Luders
22:39Maylene Aguilar17:18Noah Shinn
22:52Hannah Theaker18:29Ben Kaestner
23:42Kailina McClendon18:30Nate Moore
24:14Jackie Santamaria19:51Jack Adamson
25:21Janet Qian21:08Preston Nguyen
25:22Rebecca Rey21:15Raghav Saran
26:41Victoria Carlson21:39Zach Mullis

22:14Hunter Liu

22:16Wesley Liap

23:28Grant McGee

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Warriors Finish Sixth at 50th Annual RLS Invitational

Pebble Beach - The Warrior cross country team competed in the 50th annual RLS cross country relays Saturday, both boys and girls team finished sixth.

Joe Renati took off from the gun battling many of the top runners in the section on the first leg to hand off in first. His split of 8:00 betters Sean Davis' mark from 2012 by six seconds. A trio of three freshman were next and held their own. Will Luders ran a superb split of 8:49 that was followed by Noah Shinn who split 8:48.

Those two splits held the lead through the first three legs. Next was Ben Kaestner who finished his leg in 9:23, the third fastest freshman mark in team history behind his classmates who handed off to him. Nate Moore had a superb run of his own anchoring the final 1.6 miles in 9:20.

The girls were up next and the varsity girls shot out mixing it up with some of the top teams in the section \ following a stellar run from Christine Albrecht running the first leg in 10:04, a mark that ranks #4 in team history. Alexis McMahon was next and smashed her leg running the 12 fastest split in team history finishing in 10:30.

Kayla Nanez has been an awesome contributor the past two seasons running varsity as a freshman and sophomore. Her first sport being soccer she made the tough choice to focus on the later but stepped in to help out the team with two varsity runners not competing on the day. She held her own finishing in 11:38. She handed off to Maylene Aguilar who ran 11:04 earning recognition on the team's all-time list at #20. Sophia Patterson anchored with a run of 10:29 in a competitive finish that saw 6 teams all within 10 seconds with less than 1/2 mile to go in the 8 mile race.

The Warriors will travel to Toro Park in Salinas to compete in the Early Bird Invitational on September 15.

Links: Full Results | Team Results | RLS Pictures

Monday, September 11, 2017

RLS Invitational Team Results


Large School Varsity: Sixth Place
Team Time: 44:14 
Joe, Will, Noah, Ben, Nate

Large School Sub Varsity #1
Team Time: 51:34
Ragav, Jack, Hunter, Zach, Preston

Large School Sub Varsity #2
Team Time: 56:16
Pritik, Grant, Eric, Jacob, Wes


Large School Varsity: Sixth Place
Team Time: 53:53
Christine, Alexis, Kayla, May, Sophia

Large School Sub Varsity #1
Team Time: 60:26
Kailina, Jackie, Julie, Andrea, Janet

Boys Splits

8:00      Joe Renati
8:48      Noah Shinn
8:49      Will Luders
9:20      Nate Moore
9:23      Ben Kaestner
9:33      Jack Adamson
10:14    Preston Nguyen
10:24    Raghav Saran
10:27    Zachary Mullis
10:42    Grant McGee
10:51    Prathik Kakarlamudi 
10:56    Hunter Liu
11:29    Eric Howlett
12:08    Jacob Anderson
14:52    Derek van Klaveren

Girls Splits

10:04    Christine Albrecht
10:29    Sophia Paterson
10:30    Alexis McMahon
11:04    Maylene Aguilar
11:38    Kayla Nanez
11:43    Kailina McClendon
11:50    Jackie Santamaria
12:20    Janet Qian
12:22    Andrea Lopez
13:05    Juliana Price
13:09    Victoria Carlsen
14:04    Grace Euerle
15:27    Tiffany Guo

Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 Cross Country Camp

The cross country team is spending labor day weekend in Arnold, CA for the team's annual spiritual retreat. Here the team climbed over 1000 feet elevation to reach Cougar Rock on the Arnold Rim Trail.

Camp pictures: CLICK HERE

Monday, August 28, 2017

Records Fall at Team Watermelon Run

Santa Cruz, CA - Valley Christian cross country opened their season at the 9th annual Watermelon Run, Saturday. Joe Renati was first to cross the line in 11:09, bettering the team record by 26 sec. Christine Albrecht led the ladies and debuts #3 all-time in school history with a run of 14:12. Will Luders lowers the freshman record to 12:52 as Noah Shinn also dipped under the pervious mark.

"The Watermelon Run" is a team time trial run on a 2.1 mile loop that winds through the redwood forest on the UCSC campus. Changing terrain from gravel rocks to sand to single track covered in leaves, the course is a technical challenge that results in many calling this their favorite run all year.

The course starts with a gradual climb that peaks just before the mile mark. Following a steep decent and climb back up, the final 1/2 mile is a steady decent to the finish which can be a fast reward for those who paced properly. Joe Renati took the pace out and never looked back, nor did he take his foot off the gas pedal. Passing the first mile in an impressive 5:32, climbing a net 106 feet in the process, he negative split closing in 5:10 the final mile.

Will Luders led a strong freshman trio lowering the grade level record to 12:52. Noah Shinn also bettered the previous record running 13:12. Ben Kaestner finished in 13:48. Combined the Freshman ran the #1, #2 and #5 fastest debuts in team history. Two juniors Nate Moore (13:45) and Jack Adamson (14:02) had strong debut performances. Preston Nguyen, Zach Mullis and Hunter Liu all improved their marks from last year by more than a minute!

Christine Albrecht, a junior who is in her first year of running cross country, led the Lady Warriors with a time of 14:12. Running the opening uphill mile in 7:03 she also finished with a strong negative split running the second half in 6:38. Her performance ranks #3 all-time.

Hannah Theaker was next across the line in 15:45 and was followed by May Aguilar who had a strong debut, finishing in 17:06. Rebecca Rey (17:31) had a strong run and is on the road to recovery after missing most of last season with injury. Jacquelyn Santamaria rounded out the top 5 running 18:01 in her first ever cross country race.

The Warriors will compete next at the RLS Invitational on September 9th in Pebble Beach.

Links: Results / Pics