Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Cross Country Boys Preview

San Jose, CA - The Valley Christian boys cross country team is coming off the best season in school history. Qualifying for their first State Championship the team boasted 5 runners all in the 16 minute range for 3 miles in 2016. The team set team records on every course they competed on culminating at the CCS Championship where the team finished second place in CCS.

Joe Renati is the top returner this season posting the #2 times in school history for championship courses Woodward Park and Toro Park. Renati finished the season running the Woodward Park 5k course in 16:40 and carried that momentum into the track season finishing with a season best of 4:42 for 1600 and 9:50 for 3200 meters.

Nedu Ndili is coming off a stellar track season where he finished the season with a personal best 1:56. He also ran 4:34 for 1600 meters. Ndili ran 16:56 at the Stanford Invitational and 16:59 at Woodward Park last season showing his range.

Sam Cuevas has blossomed into one of the best cross country runners in school history. His competitive nature and drive has allowed him to push the pace throughout the race. He finished last season running 16:47 at the WCAL Championship at Crystal Springs. He had a strong track season as well ending with personal bests 2:08 for 800 meters, 4:43 for 1600 and 10:21 for 3200.

Cameron Lockard came out for his first track season and he scored all-time performances at 800 meters (2:05) and 1600 meters (4:43). He also ran a personal best 10:36 at the WCAL Finals for his second event on the day. After starting last season running 18:04 for three miles, Lockard dropped over a minute running the crystal springs course in 16:59.

Those efforts resulted in a runner-up finish and state birth. The road to state is not going to be any easier in 2016, the Warriors move to DII this year and will compete against some of the top teams in the section.

The season gets underway this Saturday with the 8th Annual Watermelon Run.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Watermelon Run Information!

IMG_2892Our 8th Annual Watermelon Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at the University of Santa Cruz.

We will DEPART from the Valley Christian Parking lot (in front of the football stadium) at 8:00 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 10 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)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cross Country Sign-Up

Interested in finding out more about the Valley Christian Cross Country and Track & Field program? Please take a moment and fill out our participant sign-up form at the link below:

Sign-up Form: CLICK HERE

The boys cross country team is coming off their most successful season in school history and return six of their top seven from last year's State Championship qualifying team. Last season the girls placed 4th in the CCS Championship, marking the ninth time in ten years that the Lady Warriors have finished fourth or better at the section championship. They also return six of their top 7 returning runners this fall.

We have many exciting things planned over the summer and throughout the season. Please sign-up above to be added to our team e-mail list to find out more!

  1. Fill out the sign-up form by clicking the link above. 
  2. Summer training starts in June. Contact Coach Small at for more information. 
  3. You will need a physical and other forms on file in the Athletic Office before the first day of practice. You can find the physical form at this link: CLICK HERE 
  4. Be sure to come back and check the team blog for updates throughout the summer!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Warriors To Get New Look In 2016

San Jose, CA - The Valley Christian Cross Country and Track & Field teams will get a new look in 2016. The new uniform showcase updated emblems and a refreshed color palate. The classic columbia blue, last worn in 2006, return as a part of the team's ongoing salute to the origins of the team.

The clean, tri-colored look is inspired by the University of North Carolina - are tapered for a modern look. Shorts remain a solid navy.

Varsity cross country teams will remain with "Warriors" singlet introduced in 2012.

New uniforms are now avalible on the Spirt Pack Website:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bruckner Finishes 7th in Women's Shot Put and Discus at World Championship

San Jose, CA - It has been a busy summer for Valley Christian alum Elena Bruckner. The recent graduate has been stellar in post-season competition: she won a national title, finished 16th in the U.S. Olympic Trials and represented Team USA at the IAAF U20 World Championships!

Meet Highlights:

IAAF World Junior Championship:
Bruckner represented Team USA at the IAAF U20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz Poland finishing seventh in both the discus and the shot put.

Links: Shot Put Results / Discus ResultsPics
  • Day 1 - Discus Qualifying Round. Bruckner needed just one throw to advance to the final hitting the automatic qualifying mark. Her throw of 176-7 (53.83m) was the #2 seed going into Finals. 
  • Day 2 - Shot Put Trials & Finals. Bruckner qualified for the finals once again hitting the automatic standard on her first throw. Coming back later that evening in the final she finished 7th with a mark of 51-7.25 (15.73m). It was a strong throw but one about three feet off her season best. "Should have been third," she said after the event on social media. "Sometimes you just have to tighten your ponytail, fix your bow, and get back out there."
  • Day 3 - Discus Finals. Bruckner is one of the few athletes who can call a 170' throw an off day. It was another seventh place finish, this time in the discus with a mark of 170-9 (52.04m). Her mark from the qualifying round would have landed her in the medals. 

US Olympic Trials:
Bruckner was one of just 16 high school athletes to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials and the only to qualify in the throwing events. Entering the meet ranked 24th she finished 16th respectably with a mark of 179-3.

[DyeStat Video Interview: Elena Bruckner of San Jose Valley Christian - 16th Place Women's Discus Throw - U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field 2016]

USATF Junior Outdoor Championships:
Bruckner won the national championship in the discus and finished runner-up in the shot put. The meet featured the top athletes in the nation under 20 years old with the top two places qualifying for the IAAF World Championships in Poland. Bruckner won the discus with a mark of 179-10. She also came back to finish second in the shot put with a mark of 51-0.75 and advances to the world championship in both the shot put and the discus.

[MileSplitUS Video: Elena Bruckner makes it cool to throw for girls]

Photo Credit: John Nepolitan