Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Valley Christian Cross Country: Mens WCAL Preview

2014 Crystal Springs Center Meet + Shenanigans

San Jose, CA - The sun is dropping down below the Santa Cruz Mountains, the long shadows that now cover the trails bring a crispness to the air that signifies the start of cross country. In actuality the season has been going on for months, and seven races into the schedule it feels like only now the season is about to begin.

Cross Country is a sport that lends itself to those who perform when it counts the most. There is no regular season record that gets you to the playoffs, just one 3-mile race at the end of the year, sudden death. You deliver or you don’t.

The Valley Christian boys understand that too well. They are hoping to become the first team in school history to qualify for CCS in DIII by hitting the automatic qualifying standard. It’s not easy running with the powerhouse teams of the WCAL but the Warriors have proven they can hang, and are trending up. The top four teams automatically advance to the CCS Championship no matter your division. If you are outside of the automatic qualifying spots you have to qualify by time.

Every Second Counts.

Nathan Lynch has been leading by example this fall. He is the first to get going and the last to finish, accumulating the miles that he is confident will serve him well in the end. Averaging 60-70 miles per week he continues to work on the little things, hoping that come November they will add up to a lot. His example has also inspired a slew of younger runners that have made the jump to the varsity level: four sophomores are currently in the team’s top seven.

“The key is meticulously and methodically doing the little things no one else wants to do,” Lynch said. “We aren’t going to make it by leaving practice early, skipping drills or giving a half effort at practice. Every runner has to be bought in every day.”

A cross country team is a collective of individuals. While each runner competes in their individual effort the top five runners contribute to a team score. Places are at a premium in high level meets and are often bunched together; a dozen runners may be separated by mere seconds. This makes a teams depth and strength of their 3-4-5 runners all the difference. It can be the difference from advancing to the Championships or staying home.

The Warriors are on the bubble and it is going to take every individual delivering on the day. There is no room for error, no room for misfortune. Every race there comes a point where it gets hard and you need to make a decision. Are you going to give into your instincts or are you going to push through and endure a painful few minutes?

It’s not going to be easy. The team must average 17:16 on the challenging Crystal Springs course at the WCAL Championships. For every runner, every second counts. Four sophomores are up to the challenge: Nedu Nedili, Justin Baraona, Cameron Lockard and Mathew Weeks, who continues to come on strong late this season, look to contribute and score for the team come November 5. Depth is the strength for the Warriors as three juniors are also ready to deliver. Jeremy Dong, Dean DeMoss and Peter Enfantino have all scored in the top 3 for the Warriors this season. Also adding to the depth is senior Jason Li who ran 17:00 at Crystal Springs last season.

“I am proud of our guys,” Lynch said after a tough practice on Monday. “I think we are ready.”

The Warriors put it all on the line November 5 at the WCAL Championship held at Crystal Springs Country Park in Belmont, CA. Races begin at 2 pm.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Team Results From Crystal Springs Center Meet

For Full Results: CLICK HERE

Valley Christian Team Results:

17:02
Nathan Lynch

20:19
Ashley Lara

5:21, 11:06 (5:45), 17:02 (5:56)


6:39, 13:37 (6:58), 20:20 (6:43)
17:17
Nedu Ndili

21:02
Camille Reed

5:28, 11:23 (5:55), 17:18 (5:55)


6:39, 13:44 (7:05), 21:03 (7:19)
17:40
Cameron Lockard

21:25
Nicole Favre

5:28, 11:37 (6:09), 17:41 (6:04)


6:51, 14:08 (7:17), 21:25 (7:17)
18:03
Dean DeMoss

23:03
Leia Wang

5:25, 11:48 (6:23), 18:04 (6:16)


7:43, 15:28 (7:45), 23:03 (7:35)
18:11
Jeremy Dong

23:04
Brianna Becerra

5:38, 12:08 (6:30), 18:12 (6:04)


7:43, 15:28 (7:45), 23:04 (7:36)
18:17
Justin Baraona

23:32
Sophia Patterson

5:31, 12:05 (6:34), 18:15 (6:10)


7:43, 15:28 (7:45), 23:32 (8:05)
18:37
Jason Li

24:14
Hannah Theaker

5:38, 12:14 (6:36), 18:38 (6:34)


7:59, 15:53 (7:52), 24:16 (8:23)
18:58
Mathew Weeks

25:02
Joycee Zhou

6:10, 12:55 (6:45), 18:58 (6:03)


8:02, 16:11 (8:09), 25:02 (8:51)
19:04
Joseph Reanti

25:51
Maggie Theaker

6:01, 12:42 (6:41), 19:05 (6:23)


8:13, 16:21 (8:08), 25:52 (8:31)
20:09
Tejas Reddy

27:12
Grace Cardona

6:10, 13:02 (6:58), 20:09 (7:07)


8:20, 18:08 (9:48), 27:12 (9:04)
20:40
Yash Patel




6:26, 13:33 (7:07), 20:40 (7:07)



24:08
Andrew Zhang




7:21, 15:55 (7:34), 24:08 (8:13)








Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boys Cross Country On a Mission; Girls Impress

DSC_0879San Francisco, CA - The Warriors made the annual trek to Golden Gate Park for their second of three WCAL meets of the season Wednesday. After back-to-back races in temperatures over 90 degrees the reprieve of San Francisco weather was a welcome one, as the clear skies and ocean breeze led to slew of breakthroughs and personal best performances.

Coming off the Clovis Invitational just 5 days prior the boys had the goal of running a steady 5:45 pace per mile, the pace needed to meet the CCS qualifier. Nathan Lynch led the charge with a 5:39 downhill mile with all five varsity runners in tow.  The pack held together coming back up a small hill to the 2 mile mark in 11:30.  Lynch, along with Cameron Lockard held their pace coming through three miles in 17:13 and 17:14 respectably.  Lockard continues to impress and climb the ranks. After missing all of the summer due to a baseball injury he is now returning to form and is a major contributor on the varsity squad.

Dean DeMoss (17:25) and Justin Baraona (17:30) were next across the line as Jason Li rounded out the scoring team finishing in 18:11.  The boys once again took down the school record for combined team time.  Impressively the spread from their #1 to #5 fastest runners was just 20 seconds. Their mark of 87:03 is their seventh consecutive team record this season.

The junior varsity race also saw some solid performances on the day. Sophomore Matt Weeks led the way with an impressive 17:34 showing which places him tenth all-time for the Warriors. His time ranked fifth for the Warriors on the day. He was followed by Jeremy Dong in 17:44 who was just seconds off of his personal best run here his freshman year.  Freshman Joseph Reanti (18:11) and Kyle Higdon (18:20) smashed their personal bests; Peter Enfantino finished in 18:20. Impressive is the Warriors depth as 11 runners finished in the 18's or faster.

DSC_0831The Girls team also saw some outstanding performances.  Freshman Camille Reed finished 15th on the day running 20:03 which moves her to #4 all-time for the Warriors.  She was followed by Kailey Eddy, who ran steady and under control in her first race back from shin splints.  Nicole Favre was just seconds off her personal best finshing in 21:09 while first year runner Kiko Li continues to see steady improvement finishing in a huge personal best for three miles of 21:15.  Vanessa Giacalone finished in 21:50, also a personal best for the course.  Also Ashley Lara continues to show progress in her comeback and was solid through two miles and looks to be ready to make a full return next week.

The JV girls saw some huge breakthroughs of their own.  Lauren Cicisly and Sophia Patterson ran side by side for the entire three miles encouraging and feeding off one another along the way.  A sprint to the finish still only separated them by tenths of a second as both recorded finishing times of 22:13. This was Patterson's first finish under 24 minutes.  NMot far behind was Brianna Becerra (22:36) and Hannah Theaker (22:43), who also scored her first time under 24 minutes!  Maggie Theaker was under the weather as a cold has made its way through the team but she still ran an incredible three minute personal best!  Joycee Zhow and Grace Cardona also had great runs as the hard work is paying off as both set personal best marks!

Full Results: CLICK HERE

Friday, October 17, 2014

Team Results From WCAL#2 at Golden Gate Park

For Full Results Click Here: JV Boys, JV Girls, Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls

Valley Christian Team Results:

17:13
Nathan Lynch

20:02
Camille Reed

5:37, 11:29 (5:52), 17:13 (5:44)


6:15, 13:11 (6:56), 20:02 (6:51)
17:14
Cameron Lockard

20:53
Kailey Eddy

5:37, 11:32 (5:55), 17:14 (5:42)


6:15, 13:38 (7:23), 20:53 (7:15)
17:25
Dean DeMoss

21:09
Nicole Favre

5:37, 11:32 (5:55), 17:25 (5:53)


6:46, 14:08 (7:22), 21:09 (7:01)
17:30
Justin Baraona

21:15
Kiko Li

5:37, 11:33 (5:56), 17:30 (5:57)


6:46, 14:08 (7:22), 21:15 (7:07)
17:34
Mathew Weeks

21:50
Vanessa Giacalone

5:25, 11:34 (6:09), 17:34 (6:00)


6:46, 14:23 (7:37), 21:50 (7:27)
17:44
Jeremy Dong

22:13
Lauren Cicisly

5:25, 11:40 (6:15), 17:44 (6:04)


6:42, 14:30 (7:48), 22:13 (7:43)
18:11
Jason Li

22:13
Sophia Patterson

5:37, 11:46 (6:09), 18:11 (6:25)


6:42, 14:30 (7:48), 22:13 (7:43)
18:11
Joseph Reanti

22:36
Brianna Becerra

5:42, 12:04 (6:22), 18:11 (6:07)


6:52, 14:54 (8:02), 22:36 (7:42)
18:19
Kyle Higdon

22:43
Hannah Theaker

5:42, 12:04 (6:22), 18:19 (6:15)


7:02, 14:57 (7:55), 22:43 (7:46)
18:20
Peter Enfantino

24:15
Maggie Theaker

5:25, 11:43 (6:18), 18:20 (6:37)


7:35, 16:01 (8:26), 24:15 (8:14)
20:25
Tejas Reddy

24:39
Joycee Zhou

6:02, 13:11 (7:09), 20:25 (7:14)


7:35, 15:48 (8:13), 24:39 (8:51)
20:50
Wilson Chung

27:56
Grace Cardona

6:02, 13:21 (7:19), 20:50 (7:29)


7:53, 17:49 (9:56), 27:56 (10:07)
21:11
Sam Han




6:06, 13:22 (7:16), 21:11 (7:49)



21:44
Will Bainbridge




6:47, 14:12 (8:35), 21:44 (7:32)



23:30
Patrick McCoy




6:31, 15:12 (8:41), 23:30 (8:18)



24:24
Mason Oldroyd




7:30, 16:17 (8:47), 24:24 (8:07)



26:24
Dylan Clevenger




7:28, 17:03 (9:35), 26:24 (9:21)



26:31
Jonathon Sum




7:55, 17:15 (9:20), 26:31 (9:16)



26:34
Justin Salim




7:38, 16:57 (9:19), 26:34 (9:38)



26:52
Kendrick Williams




7:44, 17:25 (9:41), 26:52 ( 9:27)