Friday, February 17, 2017

Backyard Bash: Warriors Strong in Season Opener

San Jose, CA - Track & Field is officially underway as the season kicked off with a school record and multiple performances landing on Valley Christian all-time list at the season opener Wednesday.

The Backyard Bash Relays is the brainchild of Jason Guven, the cross country and distance coach at Andrew Hill, who about 5 years ago invited nearby schools for a run in Hellyer Park during cross country season. The low key run between neighborhood schools always seemed to end in some strong performances. Carrying that idea into track season the Backyard Bash scrimmage was born. Almost entirely relays the focus of the meet is introducing new athletes to a sport while running non-traditional events such as a co-ed 4 x 800 relay, 800 Sprint Medley and 4 x 200, the environment provided a fun and festive "rust buster" to kick off the season.

Despite the low-key vibe the Warriors had some early season scorchers. The boys 4 x 100 meter relay team of Nick Trofort, Charlie Bostic, Gary Coleman and Alton Julian scorched a 43.58, the sixth fastest time ever in school history.

Later that evening DeAngelo McKenzie, Charlie Bostic, Alton Julian and Deven Vandebilt smashed the school record in the 4 x 200 meters running 1:33.90. The time betters the previous record by a whomping 7 seconds!

The girls also had some outstanding performances. Nicole Shak completed her first 100 meter hurdle race after taking a fall that resulted in surgery two years ago. Admittedly nervous she went on to finish in a personal best 17.05, the fifth fastest time in school history! Remarkably Caitlyn Rowland finished just 0.01 seconds behind in 17.06, which is #6 on the all-time list.

The girls 4 x 200 meter relay team of Aamani Ponnekanti, Nicole Hobaugh, Caitlyn Rowland and Jessy Fang ran 1:55.84, just missing the school record by 0.65 off the record

Team Results: CLICK HERE

Additional Team Highlights:
  • Matt Weeks had a decent debut jumping 20-0 in the long jump, 41-6 in the triple jump and 5-8 in the high jump. He also anchored the sprint medley relay team at 400 meters.
  • Last year's WCAL Champions Max Moore (discus) and Dylan McCreery (Shot Put) won their respective events, but admittedly wanted more. McCreery tossed a winning throw of 44-0.5, Moore 136-
  • D'Angelo McKenzie won the 110 High Hurdles in 15.66 leaving where he left off at the end of last season. He was the top ranked sophomore in the section last season.
  • In the spirit of keeping things fun this year featured a co-ed 4 x 800 meter where teams mixed two boys and two girls. Cameron Lockard, Ashley Clayton, Hannah Theaker and Sam Cuevas combined to run 9:22.60.
  • The girls middle-distance crew of Vanessa Zenere (68), Alexis Zenere (69), May Aguilar (70) and Ashley Clayton (62) ran a strong 4:30.06 in the 4 x 400 meters to close out the meet. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Track & Field Sign-Up


Thank you for your interest in the Valley Christian Track & Field program! Please take a moment to fill out our participant sign-up form at the link below:

Sign-up Form: CLICK HERE

HOW TO GET STARTED:
  • Fill out the sign-up form by clicking the link above.
  • Winter Conditioning starts in January. If you would like additional information contact Coach Small at joshsmall@gmail.com.
  • First day of Practice is January 30th. You will need a current physical and other forms on file in the Athletic Office before you can participate. You can find the physical form at this link: CLICK HERE
  • Be sure to come back to check our team blog for updates!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Footlocker Team Highlights

Walnut, CA - The Footlocker West regional is contested against 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The race is contested over the traditional 2.93 mile Mt. Sac course and is lengthened to make the distance a true 5k, finishing the final 300 meters in the stadium on the track. The top 10 finishers from four regions qualify for the national championship in San Diego.

The Warriors Jennifer Bergman qualified for nationals in 2008 finishing 6th in the seeded race in 18:40.

Links: Results / Pics

Team highlights from Footlocker West held at Mt. Sac:



 Jordan Hahn was a medalist in the freshman girls race finishing the challenging 5k Mt. Sac course in 21:41 for 39th place. Her time converts to #9 on the girls all-time list.


Mackenzie Thomas also finished in the medals finishing 42nd in the sophomore girls race in 21:13. Her time converts to 20:00 for the traditional 2.93 mile course run at the Mt. Sac Invitational, which is #8 on the team's all-time list. Notorious as one of the most challenging courses in the nation, Thomas who was running the Mt. Sac course for the first time noted: "I wasn't ready for that."


Sophia Patterson finished 58th in the junior girls race in 22:07. Patterson ran a personal best for 5k at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot (19:26) a week earlier demonstrating just how tough the hills are on the Mt. Sac course can be.


Joe Renati finished 46th in the junior boys race finishing the 5k course in 17:52. His time converts to 16:51, the fastest time run on the traditional Mt. Sac course in team history.


Sam Cuevas ran 18:58 here for the 2.93 mile course at the Mt. Sac Invitational as a freshman in 2013. He finished the longer 5k course in 18:10 which converts to 17:08 for the traditional course, a time that ranks #3 all-time in team history.


Cameron Lockard finished the senior boys race in a time of 18:58. His time converts to 17:53 for the traditional course, a 20+ second personal best that lands #8 on the team's all-time list.


Photo op with Brenda Martinez, Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist at 800 meters.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Hahn Runs Season Best at CIF State Championship

Fresno, CA - It has been a spectacular season for Valley Christian's Jordan Hahn. The freshman finished 147th at the CIF State Championship Saturday, running the 5k course at Woodward Park in 20:20, a one minute improvement from her run on the same course in October. Her time ranks #15 on the team's all-time list.

There is perhaps no better prep cross country race in America than the California State Meet. The pinnacle of every cross country season, the majority of those racing have the goal just to get here. The Warriors have seen past success here: Jennifer Bergman finished on the podium here four consecutive years. Morgan Lira managed a 15th place finish in 2011. For most mortals finishing in the top 100 likely means you were a "local hero" and top finisher in most meets in your region.

There is no way to prepare you for the quality and depth of this meet. When you combine all 5 divisions, 201 girls ran under 19 minutes for 5k. In the D2 girls race alone a pack of over 30 girls tore through the first mile in under 5:30, a blistering pace better than most can run one mile by itself. Over 150 runners crossed the mile mark under 6 minutes.

Everyone is good here.

THE RACE

The butterflies were there for the first year runner, expected for even the most experienced athlete. Hahn has been running for just a few months and here she was about to start the State Championship.

As expected the race started fast. The field of 200 runners all sprinting out looking to get good position before a bottle neck just 200 meters into the course. Hahn held her own and found her pace coming through the first mile in 5:50, remarkably her fastest mile she has ever run (Hahn's best mile in 8th grade was 5:58). Sitting in 82nd place at the mile mark the fast early pace took it's toll but the freshman pushed through the grind passing the 2 mile checkpoint in about 12:45 and three miles in 19:45. She kicked in the final 0.1 miles to finish in 20:20, a personal best by more than a minute.

"She ran like this wasn't her first state meet," Coach Luu said. "Even though she's not used to that first mile pace, she showed her true grit and really battled the last two miles."

Not bad for someone who a few months ago didn't know what cross country was. She was encouraged by her Dad to give it a try. 

"I had no idea what [cross country] was," Hahn said reflecting back. "My dad wanted me to go to one of the practices and see if I liked it."

She did. And after the first practice she started to dream. "Being very competitive I had the desire in me to do whatever I could to be on the varsity team," 

She did more than that. Progressing steadily in early season meets she was a top contributor from the beginning finishing as the teams #3 runner at the Pacific Tiger Invitational. Her progression was steady as she had strong performances at WCAL #1 followed by a breakthrough at WCAL #2 where her along with teammates Mackenzie Thomas and Sophia Patterson finished in the 19's for the first time that season. She carried that momentum into the WCAL Championship where she ran 19:16 to finish 7th earning All-League honors. She wasn't done... Her big breakthrough came at CCS where she finished 8th in 18:52 to qualify for the State Championship.

"It was a major highlight this season breaking 19 min." Hahn said. "That PR got me the amazing opportunity to qualify for state, which ended up being almost three min faster than I had started at the beginning of the season!"

Links: Results / Pics 



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Road To State: Jordan Hahn

It didn't take long for Jordan Hahn to find her groove this season. The freshman is in her first year of cross country and has made one big jump after another, improving almost 3 minutes from the start of the season. She is set to close out her debut season at the California State Championship and is already one of the best runners in Valley Christian history. Hahn had a spectacular season culminating with her state qualifying run at CCS on the Crystal Springs course. Her time of 18:52 is #5 on the team's all-time list.

How did you get your start in running?
I started running when I joined my first competitive soccer team. The coaches were into us being extremely fit and have high endurance to sustain a whole game. They made us do major laps and sprints in practice. To keep my fitness in the off-season I would jog miles with my mom. Fast forward to spring 2016 when as an 8th grader I decided to try track for the first time. I believed it would help my endurance and speed in soccer. My whole season I did the 1600 and I progressed a lot through the season.  I had two great coaches and got even more interested and hooked to running than I did before. I ended track season with a 5:58 mile time and I felt I increased in speed and endurance.

During the summer I had extensive training for soccer and I also went running with my mom during my off-season. Toward the end of summer I realized that the only reason I was playing soccer was because I enjoyed the running involved in it. In July I made the huge decision that totally benefited me for the best and resulted in me finding something I truly loved and enjoyed. I quit soccer and I felt that I was was letting go of a burden I have held in for a long time.

During the summer my dad mentioned cross country to me and I will admit I had no idea what it was and initially had no interest to do it. Fast forward to a week before school starting and kept thinking about whether I should try it or not. My dad wanted me to go to one of the practices and see if I liked it. After the first practice I figured out that I really enjoyed it and thought I could do well. Being very competitive I had the desire in me to do whatever I could to be on the varsity team. Then after three weeks of practicing we had our first scrimmage race at crystal springs cross country course. I got 21 minutes and I wanted to progress and get better and better. 

What inspires you to get out there every day and put in the work needed and be your best?
What inspires me to get out there everyday is my desire to succeed and improve my times in the next race. 

What was a major highlight of your season so far?
My major highlight of this season was breaking 19 min, get a PR, which got me the amazing opportunity to qualify for state, which ended up being almost three min faster than I had started at the beginning of the season!!! 

What emotions did it feel like to make the State Championship? 
I was elated to make state and proud to have come in eighth at CCS during my first cross country season.

What are your goals at State?
My goals at state are to improve on my last time, have fun, come in with the front pack, and represent my school in a Christ-like way.

Jordan Hahn takes on the best in the State tomorrow at the California State Championships. She competes in the D2 girls race at 11:10 am at Woodward Park in Fresno.