Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lady Warriors Finish 2nd at Pacific Tiger Invitational

Stockton, CA – With the pre-season now behind them the Warriors opened their invitational season against 37 schools in the Pacific Tiger Invitational at Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton, Saturday.

The Lady Warriors, who came into the race ranked #14 in CCS, held their own against top competition from the San Joaquin Section, North Coast and WCAL rivals Sacred Heart Cathedral and Archbishop Mitty. Mackenzie Thomas took advantage of the flat, fast conditions and scorched a personal best for 5k, finishing as the Warriors top finisher in 20:09 for eleventh place.

Also finishing in the medals were Sophia Patterson and Jordan Hahn. Patterson finished 14th with a stellar run of 20:29, dropping an incredible 80+ seconds from her previous 5k best. Jordan Hahn, a freshman, is finding her groove and quickly settling into a varsity role this season. Hahn moved up steadily through the race to finish 15th in 20:31.

Hannah Theaker also had a big breakthrough as well finishing 23rd in 21:07. It was her first time breaking 22 minutes for the 5k distance. Immediately after the race it wasn't the 60+ second improvement that had her attention it was the 7 seconds that kept her from breaking 21.

Katelyn Stone finished as the 5th runner in 21:53, a strong debut for the freshman. Kayla Nanez was close behind in 22:00 as Ashley Clayton rounded out the varsity team with a personal best of 23:19.

It was a strong day for the Lady Warriors who finished second place in team scoring.

Sam Cuevas led the way for the boys team with a strong run of 17:16 that was good enough to finish top 20 in the medals. Wesley Deffenbaugh was next to finish in 17:56 and was followed by Cameron Lockard (18:05) and Ben Buckman (19:10). Joe Renati and Nedu Ndili did not compete.

The Junior Varsity Boys also made the trip and had an impressive showing of their own. Jonathan Pappas finished in the medals with a 14th place finish running the 2-mile race in 12:09. David Shao finished in 25th in 12:29 while Brandon Gaedke (12:44), Raghav Saran (12:54)and Preston Nguyen (12:54) all finished in the "12's."

The junior varsity boys finished fourth in team scoring.

The Warriors open league competition on October 5th in the Baylands in Sunnyvale.

Links: Results / Pics

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lady Warriors Finish 2nd at Pacific Tiger Invite

The Lady Warriors finished on the podium at the Pacific Tiger Invitational, finishing second out of 37 teams!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Backyard Bash Results

Jonathan Pappas (9), Samual Cuevas (12) and Sophia Patterson (11) were top grade level finishers at the somewhat annual Backyard Bash at Hellyer Park. Jordan Hahn (9) and Mackenzie Thomas (10), not pictured, also received awards. 



20:57 Sophia Patterson 17:25 Sam Cuevas
20:59 Mackenzie Thomas 17:37 Wesley Deffenbaugh
21:18 Jordan Hahn 17:44 Cameron Lockard
21:20 Hannah Theaker 18:53 Ben Buckman
21:22 Katelyn Stone 19:58 Jonathan Pappas
22:36 Alexis McMahon 20:19 Ragav Saran
23:42 Ashley Clayton 20:30 David Shao
23:49 Lauren Cicisly 21:10 Preston Nguyen
24:08 Kayla Nanez 22:11 Aaron Stevens
25:18 Maylene Aguilar 23:10 Zach Mullis
26:33 Andrea Lopez 23:41 Dylan Holder
28:05 Naman Gill 29:11 Brayden Chipman
29:45 Janet Qian

30:18 Remy Ascencio

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Photojournalistic Journey: RLS Invitational

The banana baton has history... The Warriors competed in the RLS Invitational for the first time in 2011 and forgot batons. Some quick thinking from a parent resulted in today's annual tradition. 
Kayla Nanez, pictured above, had a strong performance that earned recognition on the team's all-time list, helping the Lady Warriors to a 3rd place team finish.

Mackenzie Thomas kicked things off with a spectacular opening leg of 10:10. Her split is the fourth fastest in team history.

 Sophia Patterson crushed her leg of the relay dropping more than 20 seconds off her personal best!

Katelyn Stone is set to receive a handoff for the third leg of the relay. The freshman was a key contributor that helped the team to a third place finish. All five runners on the varsity girls team earned recognition on the team's all-time list. 

Wesley Deffenbaugh has been a welcome addition to this year's squad. He finished with an impressive leg of 8:40 which ranks #8 in team history.

Each 1.6 mile leg at the RLS Relays takes runners over pavement, sand, tree rooted single track and a long uphill on a fire road... No doubt a true cross country experience. Ragav Saran was one of the most improved on the day, he dropped 70 seconds off his time last year!

The Lady Warriors finished 3rd place in the large school division at the RLS Invitational marking the 6th consecutive year they have finished in the medals.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Boys & Girls XC Finish on Podium at RLS Invitational

Pebble Beach, CA - Six years ago the Valley Christian Cross Country team traveled to Pebble Beach to compete in the RLS Invitational for the first time. The relay format provided an intriguing challenge. While cross country is dubbed a "team sport" you rarely see any relays. Teams of five race a 1.6 mile course that takes runners around the Robert Louis Stevenson campus through tree rooted trails, sand, and up a long zig zagging fire road. Not a "fast" course by any means it is true cross country.

It was also that initial trek to Monterey Bay six years ago that the team's well known "Banana Baton" was first introduced. Not knowing batons were needed (they aren't actually) a parent suggested using bananas. And a tradition was born.

The Warriors have had a strong presence since first attending the event in 2011. The Lady Warriors have finished on the podium every year, this year marking their sixth consecutive top three finish. The boys also finished third, marking their second consecutive year in the medals.

The boys team of Sam Cuevas, Cameron Lockard, Nedu Ndili and Wesley Deffenbaugh got the job done all running within 7 seconds of one another for split times. Cuevas pulled double duty running the final leg in 8:40. Lockard split 8:46 as Ndili (8:39) and Deffenbaugh (8:40) held their own on the third and fourth legs. The team battled to finish third behind Clovis and Cupertino, both division one programs.

The girls faced off against three of the top teams in Northern California: Clovis, SLV, and Aptos - the defending State Champion in DIII. In a race that is approximately 8 miles long teams are often separated by mere seconds. And this year would be no different.

Mackenzie Thomas got off to a strong start running the fastest split of the day that placed the Warriors in contention from the start. Running the first leg she had some extra distance to cover but her split of 10:10 impressively lands her #4 on the team's all-time list.

The Warriors never looked back. Kaylan Nanez was next up and powered through her 1.6 miles in 10:37. Katelyn Stone (11:00), Sophia Patterson (10:22) and Hannah Theaker (10:27) outdistanced the competition in the later stages to finished third in the large school division and fourth over-all.

The Warriors will next compete September 24th at the Pacific Tiger Invitational at the Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton, CA.

Links: Full Results / Team Results / Pics