Friday, April 15, 2011

Blaha, McNabb Participate in College Signing Day

Emily Blaha and Cal McNabb participated in the college signing day ceremony held for Valley Christian athletes Wednesday.

Calvin McNabb
CSU Stanislaus

McNabb will be competing for CSU Stanislaus next year in the sprints.  He is currently the 4th fastest 400 meter runner of all-time for the Warriors with a time of 50.84 and has been an essential part to the success on the relays his past four seasons.  He began his track career not only in the sprints but in the hurdles as well.  He held the Frosh-Soph 65 meter hurdle record until it was broke earlier this year and is still #3 all-time in the 300 hurdles, a time he ran as a sophomore.  McNabb has been an important part to the Warriors relays, recently anchoring the 4 x 100 meter relay to the 6th fastest mark in school history.  At the ceremony Coach Marshall reflected on the past four years.  “I have known Cal for many years and have watched him grow into an amazing young man. I will miss him and wish him luck,”

Cal’s Thoughts/Thanks:
"I'd like to thank my parents for always being there for me and to my coaches for caring for me not only as an athlete, but as a person. I feel blessed to have such strong support."

Emily Blaha
United States Navy

Competing for Navy next year, Emily Blaha will look to have immediate impact on the cross country and track teams and will challenge for a top 7 spot next year.  As one of the Warriors top runners since her freshman year Emily has finished inside the top 15 at the CCS Championship the past three seasons. She had a breakthrough race at the 2010 Mt. Sac Invitational where she ran 18:36 for the 3 mile course.  She is #4 all-time for the Warriors with a personal best of 19:27 for the 5k Woodward Park course and has personal bests of 5:15 for 1600 and 11:28 for 3200 meters and is the cross country team captain, an honor she held the past two seasons.  By qualifying for this year's State Championship she becomes only the third person in school history to compete all four years in the prestigious event.  This past fall she was named to the 2011 San Jose Mercury News All-County team in cross country .

“Emily has many individual accomplishments in her high school career. I am proud of her and have enjoyed coaching her for the past six years…starting out as a junior high athlete and progressing into the mature leader she is today. She puts team before self and will represent her country well as she serves in the military," said coach Small."

Emily’s Thoughts/Thanks:
Thanks her family and coaches for believing in her and giving her confidence to reach for her goal. Special thanks to Valley Christian for preparing her academically and athletically.

Interview with Emily Blaha: CLICK HERE

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