The Valley Christian Warriors traveled to San Francisco Wednesday to face the WCAL in their first league meet of the year at Golden Gate Park. Despite many key members of the team out with the flu the Warriors performed well finishing 5th for the Girls and 8th for the boys.
"We are right where we want to be," said Coach Jonathon Lee. "We have a lot of work to do but we can get there." The Boys team was led by Joe Garcia, who once again set the team record for the course running 17:17 for the 5k distance. It was his 5th team record in as many races. Finishing second for the warriors was Ian Karlsson (18:17) and was followed by Dean Barron (18:33). Sophomore Dustin Laucella improved over 2 minutes from last years time to finish 4th for the Warriors (20:10). As a team, despite missing Evan Kennedy who was out with the flu, the Warriors had their fastest team time ever for the course breaking the mark set in 2007 by over 1 minute.
The girls team 5th place finish matches where they finished in 2008 but the team was in the mix just 30 points out of first place. "The team was hit hard with the flu this week," said Coach Small in reference to key runners missing the race due to illness. "Due to factors out of our control we haven’t been able run up to our potential yet. Now that we are getting healthy, in many respects I feel as if we are just getting started with the season. With a good month of training I feel as if we can compete with the best for the WCAL Championship."
The Girls team was led by Morgan Lira who finished 5th in 20:07, a personal best by nearly 2 minutes. Emily Blaha (21:00) finished 2nd for the Warriors just ahead of Isabel Garcia (21:10) who improved almost a minute ahead of last year’s time. The girls also set the fastest team time ever besting the mark set in 2007 by over 20 seconds.