Sunday, March 26, 2017

Team Highlights: Avis Kelley Invitational

Gilroy, CA - The Valley Christian Track & Field team competed in the Avis Kelley Invitational at Gilroy High School, Saturday.

The Warriors throws crew was outstanding taking home wins in both the girls and boys discus. Anna Maumalanga showed her personal best throw of 124-4 in Wednesday's dual was no fluke, winning the event with a mark of 122-8. Max Moore also took the win with a mark of 139-0, just off his season best.

Camille Johnson is just one week into the track & field season after a deep post-season run by the girls basketball team and finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 32-3. Johnson is the school record holder and all-American javelin thrower from last year's Junior Olympics but is her first attempt at Shot Put. Elizabeth He matched her breakthrough performance Wednesday once again throwing 31-1, finishing seventh.

Outstanding results came in the sprints as well. Nick Trofort took second in the 100 meters with a personal best 11.23. Three Warriors placed in the top five of the Frosh-Soph boys 100 meters all running personal bests: Freshman Deven Vanderbilt took the win in 11.69, D'Von Lang was second in 11.72 and Coleman Kyles finished in 11.86 for fifth.

In the girls sprints freshman Nina Berry finished fourth over-all in 13.25. She was also part of the all freshman team of Fallon Dexheimer, Nina Barry, Emily Hidalgo & Amber Lao ran a season best 52.48 in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Links: Results

Additional Team Highlights:
  • Caitlyn Rowland ran a strong race in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing second in a season best 47.89. She also ran 61.80 in the 400 earlier in the day where she finished sixth.
  • Freshman Katelyn Stone has had a good week, following up her 11:52 two mile with a personal best mile of 5:33. She led the Lady Warriors distance crew that also saw personal bests from Hannah Theaker (5:48) and Jordan Hahn (5:49).
  • Sam Cuevas moves to #9 all-time for the Warriors at 800 meters with a run of 2:04.71.
  • Jake DeMoss cracked 5 min in the mile or the first time this season running a personal best 4:56. Jonathan Pappas also had a superb day running a personal best 5:14.
  • Zac Laidlaw running in his first ever open 400 finished second in 53.43. 
  • Skyler Loving-Black won the frosh-soph high jump with a mark of 5-6.

The Warriors throws crew had an outstanding day, taking home wins in both the boys and girls discus.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meet Highlights: SHC @ Valley Christian

San Jose, CA - League action continued as Valley Christian hosted Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wednesday. It was an impressive showing that saw two new additions to the team's Top 10 all-time list and 88 personal records on the day!

The throws crew saw numerous personal bests, including a huge breakthrough from senior Anna Maulalanga. Throwing into a headwind is not normally considered ideal conditions for the discus but Maumalanga launched one 124 feet-5 inches away. That mark betters her personal best by 5 feet and currently ranks her third in CCS. 

In the boys discus Max Moore, the current the school record holder in the event, is back in his groove winning with a season best 140-2. Today's performance moves Moore atop the WCAL rankings and #7 in CCS. Dylan McCreery got the win in the boys shot put and remains undefeated in WCAL. Elizabeth He launched a huge personal best in the girls shot put, surpassing 30 feet for the first time, winning the event with a mark of 31-1.

It was an impressive showing in the distances, highlighted by a trio of strong performances in the girls 3200 meters. Katelyn Stone moves to #9 in school history finishing in 11:52.50. Her time currently is ranks #15 in CCS and is the third fastest freshman time. Jordan Hahn (12:50) and Sophia Patterson (12:57) were also impressive, both running personal bests and cracking the 13 barrier for the first time.

Mid-distance was just as impressive. Vanessa Zenere ran a season best 2:29.94 in the 800. Jake DeMoss won his race at 800 meters in 2:13.08.

The sprints have been on fire all season and the depth showed again as six boys dipped into the 11's with three under 11.5. Leading the way was Charlie Bostic, winning the event in 11.20. Right behind was Nick Trofort who ran a personal best 11.31 and Javon Sturns who ran 11.49 in his first race of the season. Deven Vanderbilt (11.73), D'Von Lang (11.77) and Coleman Kyles (11.93) also went sub 12.

In the girls 100 meters six girls dipped into the 13's for 100 meters. Freshman Nina Berry and Fallon Dexheimer are in their first week of track after a deep playoff run by the basketball team and they were solid running 13.39 and 13.62 to finish 1-2. The depth of this year's freshman is outstanding as Amber Lao continues to be a leader on the sprint team finishing in 13.65 and right with her Emily Hidalgo in 13.70. Sky Scott (13.89) and Courtney Clarke (13.99) also got under the 14 second mark.

The exemplify the talent and depth of the youthful Lady Warriors, The top two fastest marks this season in the WCAL are Lao (13.38) and Berry (13.39). Four of the Lady Warriors are currently ranked in the top 6 freshman in WCAL.

The Warriors will compete in the Avis Kelley Invitational this Saturday at Gilroy High School.

Links: Results

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Team Records Fall at Saint Francis Invitational

San Jose, CA - It was another spectacular outing for the Valley Christian Track & Field team as multiple records fell at the Saint Francis Invitational, Saturday.

D'Angelo McKenzie dipped under 15 seconds for the first time running the 110 Hurdles in 14.93. Running into a -0.6 m/s headwind his time is currently #1 in CCS and for the third consecutive race lowered his own school record.

Joe Renati was under the weather but still managed to dip under the school record for 3000 meters. His time of 9:35.70 bettered the previous record by 4 seconds, held by Eyobed Mesfun set in 2013. The boys 4 x 800 team of Cameron Lockard, Sam Cuevas, Joe Renati and Preston Nguyen squeaked out the school record by less than a second running 8:59.55 (precious record 9:00.30). The 4 x 200 Co-Ed Relay improved the school record by half a second, running 1:41.14 (previous record 1:41.67)

There were a few school records that survived the day but not by much. The boys 800 Sprint Medley Relay ran 1:38.57 just missing the previous record of 1:36.21 from 2012. The Girls 4 x 800 team ran an impressive 10:12.58 good for second place but narrowly missed the record of 10:09.94 set in 2011.
A very strong frosh-soph record was in jeopardy as well as the boys 4 x 100m relay team ran 45.31 and was just off the 2009 record of 44.56. The Girls 800 Sprint Medley got close as well running 1:59.27, within 1/2 second of the record of 1:58.83.

It was an impressive day all around as Matt Weeks moves to #1 in CCS with a winning jump of 44-4.5.  Dylan McCreery took home the win the boys shot put with a toss of 48-0 while the team's younger runners impressed taking home wins in the Frosh-Soph 4 x 100 relay, Frosh-Soph 800 meter SMR and Frosh-Soph Co-Ed 4 x 200 relay (2 boys-2 girls).

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Joe Renati takes the handoff from Cameron Lockard in the 4 x 800 meter relay. The team that also included Sam Cuevas and Preston Nguyen squeaked out a school record by less than a second.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Meet Highlights: Saint Francis @ Valley Christian

San Jose, CA - The Warriors opened the dual meet season against Saint Francis Wednesday in what was an outstanding team performance that saw 108 season best marks and two school records.

Matt Weeks jumped a school record six feet, 2 inches in the high jump, winning the event. The six-foot barrier has been elusive for the senior, jumping 5-8 as a freshman and 5-10 the past two seasons. With that mark he breaks the six foot barrier for the first time and ties the school record with Ronnie Harris and Jack Hoyt.

It was an outstanding day for Weeks also won the long jump (19-11) and triple jump (41-7.5). He also finished second in the 300 hurdles (41.83) to earn 18 points on the day. A steady contributor for the Warriors for the past four years in a range of events, Weeks is on the Valley Christian all-time list for four different events, has been a key contributor on various relays and now gets his second school record.

D'Angelo McKenzie continues to lower his own school record in the 110 High Hurdles, today running 15.01. He too had an outstanding day, anchoring the winning 4 x 100 meter relay (43.13) and winning the 300 hurdles in 41.38, just 0.17 shy of the school record.

Links: Results

Team Highlights:

  • The sprints continue to shine as Charlie Bostic finished his 100 meters in 11.12 and 200 in 22.55, both marks are within a tenth of a second from his personal best last season. Nick Trofort finished the 100 meters in 11.38 and got a personal best in the 200 running 22.78. 
  • Defendng WCAL Champions Dylan McCreery and Max Moore picked up where they left off last season. McCreery won the shot put (48-0) and Max Moore the discus (133-3).
  • Sam Cuevas moves to #5 all-time for the Warriors running the 1600 meters in 4:38. He came back later to run a season best in the 800 meters.
  • Frosh-Soph boys were stellar winning the 4 x 100 meter relay and finishing 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 meters. 
  • Freshman Deven Vanderbilt got called up to varsity to run on the 4 x 100 relay. He held his own at the varsity level finishing fifth in both the 100 and 200 meters.
  • Anna Maumalanga was a double winner taking first in both the shot put (31-4) and discus (108-3.5)
  • Freshman Amber Lao and Emily Hildago were outstanding in the varsity girls 100 meters finishing second and third, respectably, both in personal best times! 
  • Caitlyn Rowland won the 300 hurdles in a season best 49.50.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

K-Bell Invitational: Warriors Sizzle in Season Opener

Los Gatos, CA - Valley Christian opened their season in spectacular fashion Saturday.

The day began with a win in the 4 x 100 meter relay. The team of Nicolas Trofort, Charlie Bostic, Gary Coleman and Alton Julian scorched the relay in 42.91, currently the top time in CCS this season and the fourth fastest in school history.

D’Angelo McKenzie has been on a mission this season, perfectly demonstrated by breaking his own school record in the 110 hurdles running 15.16.

The sprint crew continued to have a presence throughout the day. The varsity boys 100 meter crew was nothing short of dominant placing three in the top six: Bostic (11.28), McKenzie (11.31) and Trofort (11.40). Alton Julian was 13th running a personal best 11.48 highlighting the deepest team performance in the sprints for the day.

The field events were just as impressive. Matt Weeks won the triple jump with a personal best 44-1.5, strengthening his mark at #5 on the team's all-time list. He also finished just inches off his personal best in the long jump with mark of 20-4.5 and jumped 5-8 in the high jump.

Jonathan Sum has been a consistent contributor on the track & field team for the past four years and finally got the breakthrough day he has been working for. He finished the day with two personal bests: 40-6.5 in the triple jump, which is #8 all-time for the Warriors, and 20-4 in the long jump which lands him #9 on all-time.

The throws continue to be a strength for the Warriors. Dylan McCreery finished with a season best 49-5 good for second place. It was admittedly an off day for Max Moore, the school record holder in the discus. His mark of 126-2 was good for eighth place.

Sam Cuevas paced the distance crew in the 1600 meters with a personal best time 4:42, a time which lands #6 all-time for the Warriors. Joe Renatti finished in 4:46, Cameron Lockard in 4:48.

There were some outstanding performances in the Frosh-Soph division. Freshman Deven Vanderbilt continued to shine finishing second in the 200 meters with a time of 23.44. He also finished sixth in the 100 meters in 11.73. Seth Hoque finished third in the frosh-soph boys long jump with a personal best 19-1

A trio of freshman led the girls sprint crew in the 100 meters. Amber Lao was the top finisher for the Lady Warriors running a personal best 13.45. Emily Hidalgo (13.55) and  Courtney Clark (13.78) also cracked the 14 second mark. Aamani Ponnekanti (13.99) and Skye Scott (14.03) also had season bests.

Ashley Clayton won her heat of the 400 meters with a personal best 61.97. Alexis Zenere was also a heat winner running a personal best 65.30.

Nicole Shak ran 18.38 in the 100 hurdles; Nicole Hobaugh ran a personal best 19.03. Caitlyn Rowland debuted in the 30 hurdles with a mark of 50.39.

Katelyn Stone led the Lady Warriors in the distance events running 5:38 for the distance. Hannah Theaker and Sophia Patterson both finishing in 5:49. Jordan Hahn also cracked 6 minutes running 5:56. Freshman Rebecca Rey finished in 6:05, Maylene Aguilar 6:21.

In the field events Anna Maumalanga finished fourth in the women’s discus with a mark of 109-3.

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