Saturday, November 11, 2017

Photojournalistic Journey: CCS Championships


Joe Renati finished 9th in the CCS Championship (D2) to advance to the State Championship as an individual.  His time of 16:12 was a personal best and is the #2 all-time mark in team hostory.


Start of the Girls D2 race at the CCS Championships.



Christine Albrecht has been impressive all season and CCS would be no different. Running a strong tactical race she positioned herself in the chase pack, steadily moving up through the race. Running in 8th place and in State qualifying position with under 1/2 mile to go, she suffered a rare mid-race injury. Battling through a painful last 1/2 mile Albrecht held on to finish 17th with a time of 20:02.

 
In her first year running cross country Christine Albrecht has set herself apart as one of the best runners in school history, earning recognition on the team's all-time list for every course she ran this season. Her personal best of 19:43 for the Toro Park course ranks #6 all-time in team history.


 Katelyn Stone has made the best of every opportunity this season. After a late summer injury delayed the start the her season she went on to set a personal best on every course she ran, culminating at the WCAL Championship with an 8th place finish where she earned all-WCAL honors and was the top finisher for the Warriors. CCS would provide yet another "opportunity" for Stone. Missing 5 days due to sickness she battled on, finishing 43rd in 21:13. Her time ranks #19 all-time in team history.


Renati has been one of the top runners in the section this season. He finished 2nd place at the Pacific Tiger Invitational 5k in 15:26 and 2nd at the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in 15:35, both 5k races.


Will Luders has been spectacular in 2017 setting freshman records for Valley Christian in all but one race this season (that one going to teammate Noah Shinn). Luders finshed 52nd in 17:51.


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Warriors Come Up Short at WCAL Championship

Belmont, CA - The Valley Christian Warriors traveled to Crystal Springs to compete in the WCAL Championship Wednesday. Both boys and girls teams fell short of advancing to the CCS Championship. Girls missed the automatic team qualifier by 58 seconds, the boys by 82. Five athletes advance to the CCS Championship as individuals.

Christine Albrecht is one of those advancing to the CCS Championship. Starting with a fast pace, opting the first mile of 5:52 the early pace took it’s toll as she fell to 10th by the end of the race. Notably off her normal pace she gutted out a tough last mile to finish in tenth. Her time of 20:02 is #18 all-time in team history. Katelyn Stone also advances to CCS as she continues to round into form. Stone was the top finisher for the Lady Warriors completing the hilly 2.95 mile course in 20:01 in a personal best time that is #17 all-time for the Warriors.

Alexis McMahon has been a top varsity contributor all season and was once again solid as the team’s #3 runner. Her time of 20:50 was a one minute improvement over her time hear last season. Maylene Aguilar has also been stellar this season with notable improvements every race this season and WCAL would be no difference. Aguilar finished with a time of 21:46, nearly a 2-minute improvement over her time of 23:30 run last year.

It was a tough go for senior Sophia Patterson and Hannah Theaker. Patterson has consistently been in the 20-flat range all season and entered the race with a best of 20:14 run last season. Theaker has a best of 21:04. It wasn’t their day however as Patterson finished in 22:07 and Theaker 24:11.

BOYS

With the majority of the varsity boys cross country team graduating last season fielding it was a youthful team lining the start of this year’s WCAL Championship. With three of the six varsity runners on the line they held their own despite half the team running in their first varsity championship.

Joe Renati was the top finisher for the Warriors running 16:13 for 13th place. It was notably a rare off day for the senior who finished fourth in WCAL #2 and has run low 5 minute pace for the majority of his races this season. Though a small letdown Renati still managed a personal best time that ranks #2 in team history.

Will Luders was next to cross the finish. His time of16:49 was a freshman record and good for 26th place in the varsity race. He was followed by Noah Shinn who finished in 17:36. His time is #2 all-time for freshman and was just 7 seconds shy of the CCS automatic qualifying standard. He finished 46th. Nate Moore (18:04), Ben Kaestner (18:42), Raghav Saran (19:11) and Preston Nguyen (21:51) rounded out the varsity team.

Zachary Mullis was top finisher in the JV boys running a personal best 21:13. Jacqueline Santamaria led the JV girls with a finishing time of 23:32.

Links: Results | Pictures







Team Results: WCAL Championship


Full Results: CLICK HERE

Valley Christian Team Results:

16:13.4
16:49.7
17:36.3
Joe Renati
Will Luders
Noah Shinn

20:01.9
20:02.9
20:50.9
Katelyn Stone
Christine Albrect
Alexis McMahon
18:04.2
Nate Moore

21:46.2
Maylene Aguilar
18:42.2
Ben Kaestner

22:07.7
Sophia Patterson
19:11.7
Raghav Saran

23:32.6
Jacqueline Santamaria
21:13.9
Zach Mullis

24:11.4
Hannah Theaker
21:15.6
Hunter Liu

25:26.0
Janet Qian
21:40.3
Prathik Kakarlamudi

26:51.5
Andrea Lopez
21:47.3
Grant McGee

26:54.3
Victoria Carlsen
21:51.6
Preston Nguyen

32:48.0
Tiffany Guo
22:00.5
Jacob Anderson



23:14.6
Wesley Liao



29:46.2
Derek van Klaveren












Friday, October 20, 2017

WCAL #2 @ Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA - Christine Albrecht is in her first year of cross country but is racing like a veteran. The junior has led the Lady Warriors from the start of the season and is quietly making her mark on the team record books. When you bring it up you might get a smile, maybe.

Albrecht has another outstanding run Wednesday finishing 2nd in the three mile course at Golden Gate park in 18:58, her first sub 19 of the season. She moves to #2 all-time.

Katelyn Stone continues to progress after an early season injury delayed the start of the season. Stone has run a personal best in all of her three races this season, including Wednesday where she ran under 20 minutes for the first time, finishing 19:54. Stone is the WCAL Champion at 3200 meters with a personal best 11:30. She continues her upward trend into WCAL and CCS int he coming weeks.

Sophia Patterson was close behind running 20:10 for a top 20 finish. She was just off her personal best (19:53) which is #8 all-time for the Warriors. She was followed by Alexis McMahon who finished in 20:33. At this race last year she ran 22:08 marking an impressive 1:35 improvement! May Aguilar and Hannah Theaker wrapped up the varsity team running 21:49 and 21:51, respectably. Aguilar also saw a huge improvement, bettering last years mark of 23:46 by nearly 2 minutes!

In the boys race Joe Renati had another statement race leading the Warriors with a fourth place finish in a school record time of 15:24. His time betters the previous record by 35 seconds.

Three freshman have been running varsity and have been big contributors this season. Will Luders was the #2 runner at Golden Gate running 16:47 for the three mile course. Noah Shinn was next to cross the line as the Warriors third runner finishing in 17:09. Ben Kaestner was the fifth runner finishing in 17:58. The three freshman have completely rewritten the record books this season with Luders setting the freshman record for every course he has run this season with Shinn just seconds behind.

Nate Moore wasn't feeling his best but he powered through finishing in 17:52. Jack Adamson worked throughout the race with Moore & Kaestner resulting in his first race under 18 minutes for 3 miles! Ragav Saran rounded out the varsity team running in the 18's for the second consecutive race. His time of 18:50 is nearly a one minute improvement over his race here a year ago.

The Valley Christian cross country team next competes in the WCAL Finals at Christal Springs on November 1st.

Links: Results

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Team Results: WCAL #2 @ Golden Gate Park


Full Results: CLICK HERE

Valley Christian Team Results:

15:24.5
16:47.9
17:09.3
Joe Renati
Will Luders
Noah Shinn

18:58.9
19:54.5
20:10.3
Christine Albrect
Katelyn Stone
Sophia Patterson
17:52.0
Nate Moore

20:33.9
Alexis McMahon
17:58.5
Ben Kaestner

21:49.7
Maylene Aguilar
17:59.7
Jack Adamson

21:51.4
Hannah Theaker
18:50.8
Raghav Saran

22:54.5
Jacqueline Santamaria
19:51.8
Preston Nguyen

24:00.5
Juliana Price
20:02.2
Zach Mullis

24:02.5
Janet Qian
20:23.2
Prathik Kakarlamudi

24:42.3
Andrea Lopez
20:45.7
Hunter Liu

24:47.6
Victoria Carlsen
21:23.2
Grant McGee



21:29.5
Jacob Anderson



22:19.2
Wesley Liao



26:44.5
Derek van Klaveren