Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 Watermelon Run

Santa Cruz, CA - The sixth annual Watermelon Run kicked off the 2014 cross country season, Saturday.

2014 Watermelon Run Results:

Nathan Lynch
Kailey Eddy
Nedu Ndili
Camille Reed
Jason Li
Lauren Cicisly
Jeremy Dong
Nicole Favre
Justin Baraona
Leia Wang
Peter Enfantino
Brianna Becerra
Sam Han
Vanessa Giacalone
Kyle Higdon
Kiko Li
Cameron Lockard
Rebekah Bruckner
Joseph Reanti
Maggie Theaker
Mathew Weeks
Caitlyn Rowland
Wilson Chung
Alex Ruiz-Garcia
Will Bainbridge
Grace Ding
Wilson Ye
Sophia Paterson
Tyler White
Grace Cardona
Andrew Zhang
Lydia Sum
Patrick McCoy
Nicole Shak
Mason Oldriod

Dylan Clevenger

Jonathon Sum

Steven He

Monday, August 25, 2014

Watermelon Run Set For This Saturday!

IMG_2892Our 6th Annual Watermelon Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 30th at the University of Santa Cruz.

We will DEPART from the Valley Christian Parking lot (in front of the football stadium) at 9:00 am and caravan to UCSC.  Athletes, parents, coaches and alumni are all welcome to run for the glory of completing 2 miles and then enjoy the sweet reward of some post race watermelon!  The course is a 2.08 mile loop through the redwood forest on the UCSC campus and is traditionally one of the favorite courses run all year and should not to be missed!

For those of you who will meet us there, we will meet at the parking lot just past the UCSC firehouse on Chinquapin Rd. The official start time is "when we get there and after we warm-up," but we will try our best to begin approximately 11 am.

Team Records:
Sean Davis - 11:37 (2011)
Morgan Lira - 13:33 (2011)

Driving Directions to Saturday's Watermelon Run:
(Click & Zoom in the map for detailed directions)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cross Country Season Preview: Warriors Will Put Up A Fight In 2014

DSC_0096San Jose, CA - Another season of Valley Christian Cross Country is underway with nearly 70 athletes committing to this year's efforts.  Both the boys and girls teams return key veteran runners looking to continue the success the the Warriors experienced last season.

The Varsity Girls return top talent in the duo of Kailey Eddy and Ashley Lara.   Eddy earned All-CCS and All-WCAL honors last fall setting the pace for the Warriors for the majority of the season, earning the team's runner of the Year honors. Lara has been a top cross country runner in the WCAL and CCS since her freshman year and has qualified for three consecutive state championships.  She is even more dominant on the track where she won the WCAL Championship at 800 meters last spring. 

Also returning from last year's varsity squad is junior Nicole Favre.  Throughout last season Favre was a pleasant surprise for the Warriors as she blossomed into one of the teams top runners.  She earned recognition on the team’s all-time list for her efforts at CCS and the State meet.  Favre set personal best marks of 20:22 at the CCS Championship and then again running 21:05 at the State Meet, both performances earning recognition on the team's all-time list and strong debuts for for a first year runner. She is expected to be a key member once again this season.  

Expected to once again contribute at the varsity level are juniors Vanessa Giacalone and Leia Wang.  Owning personal bests in the 21-minute range for both Crystal Springs and Toro Park, Giacalone will be looking to take the next step this fall to be a major contributor to the core of the cross country team. She also had some solid races on the track last spring, already owning a personal best of 5:59 in the 1600 she showed great range running 2:46 in the 800 and 12:55 in the 3200.  Leia Wang is also coming off an impressive campaign last season.  Running consistently in the 22 minute range she has put in the work and is looking to make a contribution this season.  In the spring she set personal bests in the 800 and 1600 meters running 2:40 and 6:07, respectably.

A strong contingent of upperclassman along with a strong support of younger runners, the boys look to set their mark on the Valley Christian record books.  Nathan Lynch has looked impressive in the early going and comes into the season having completed an impressive training regimen this summer that included a 33:32 clocking at the Warf to Wharf.  He will lead a team that returns their entire squad from last season.  Also looking to challenge on of the top position is Jason Li.  He qualified last season for CCS as an individual and is coming off an impressive track season that saw him named as the team’s track athlete of the year. Li ran personal bests at the WCAL Championship in the 1600, 800 and ran the fastest split on the 4x400 relay.

Also expecting to be major contributors are Jeremy Dong and Nedu Ndili.  Jeremy enters his junior year as a two time individual qualifier to CCS.  Running 4:55 for the mile as a freshman he has also looked impressive in the early going.  Also expected to challenge for the top spot for the Warriors this season is Ndili. Finishing his freshman track season with a personal best 4:43 in the 1600 and 10:29 in the 3200.  

The core of the boys team is stacked with talent.  Cameron Lockard, Justin Baraona, Yash Patel and Mathew Weeks led the team to an impressive second place finish in the freshman division in the WCAL standings and once again are expected to be outstanding.   Peter Enfantino, Dean DeMoss and Nathan Baldry lead a talented junior group while Tejas Reddy and Sam Han will push the pace as the veteran seniors.

The team will participate in the Watermelon Run, a team time trial, on August 30 and officially open their season September  6 at the Early Bird Invitational.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Cross Country Information Meeting Scheduled

If you are interested in joining the Valley Christian Cross Country team this fall please fill out a brief questionnaire so you and your parents may be added to our team distribution list: CLICK HERE

TEAM MEETING: Thursday, August 14; All athletes meet at Track @ 3pm

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE: Monday, August 18; Grades 10-12 meet at Track @ 3 pm

FRESHMAN FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE: Friday, August 22; Grades 9-12 meet at Track @ 3 pm

Hard to believe that vacation is now behind us and in a few short days we will be back to school.  I hope the summer has been restful and you have spent quality time with friends and family as well as enjoyed some great runs while getting your summer mileage in.  At this time varsity runners (who have aspirations of competing at the CCS and State level) should have logged between 300-350 miles over the past 6 weeks.  Please note that it is important that your summer mileage log is current and up to date.  We as a coaching staff will use the data to assess where we are at as a team and where you are as an individual and adjust the training plan accordingly.

The base phase is perhaps the most important part of training for cross country as it is your “aerobic engine” that will be doing the brunt of the work when racing the 5k distance over hills and trails.  It is also vital to the success of peaking in November and will help you be consistent in your races throughout the season.  So what does that mean for you? The current plan is to build upon our current mileage goals through the first 4-6 weeks of the season.  That means we may not be as sharp come some of the early season races but that we will be stronger in October and November when we need to be running our best. The practice schedule and training plan will be discussed Thursday at the team meeting.

In regards to training this week it is always a bit challenging with all the things going on to get ready for school.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are “on your own” days.  Team members are encouraged to organize times to meet up and get your training in but we will not have formal practice until Friday.  

Below you will find the training schedule for the week of August 11.  

High School runners with 1-3 years running experience who are new to the sport or just getting started with their training.

  • Easy 30 min run or cross training (strength, HPC, swim, bike, etc.)
  • Fartlek: 10 min run @ normal pace; 4 x 1 min “on" (tempo effort) / 1 min “off” (normal training run effort); 10 min run.  All continuous.  
  • Easy 30 min run or cross training (strength, HPC, swim, bike, etc.)
  • Team Meeting, 3 pm @ Track; followed by 10 min run; 1 x 2k straights & bends; 10 min run
  • Easy 30 min run or cross training (strength, HPC, swim, bike, etc.)r)
  • Long Run: 6 miles
  • Rest Day

High School runners with 2+ years running experience.  This is geared toward those who have put in a solid summer of base training and will compete for a varsity spot.  The training below is an example of what it will take to be a competitive runner at the varsity level at the league, section and state level. It will get harder, it will take commitment and consistency.

  • am:  7-9 miles over hilly trails (i.e. Quicksilver)
  • pm:  Easy 30 min run or cross training (strength, HPC, swim, bike, etc.)
  • Fartlek: 15 min run @ normal pace; 10 x 2 min “on" (tempo effort) / 1 min “off” (normal training run effort); 10-15 min run.  All continuous.  
  • am:  7-9 miles over hilly trails (i.e. Quicksilver)
  • pm:  Easy 30 min run or cross training (strength, HPC, swim, bike, etc.)
  • am: 30 min easy run or cross training (pool running or strength)
  • pm: Team Meeting, 3 pm @ Track;  followed by 10 min run; 1 x 2k straights & bends; 10 min run
  • 7-9 miles over hilly trails (i.e. Quicksilver)
  • Long Run: 12 miles
  • 30 min shake out run or Rest Day