Sunday, March 11, 2012

Warriors Hit Their Stride In Season Opener

Saratoga, CA - The Valley Christian Warriors opened their season with spectacular results.  While the majority of the distance crew headed north to compete in the Dan Gabor Invitational Friday night the remainder of the team, along with middle-distance runner Sean Davis, competed in the K-Bell Invitational, held this year at Westmont High School.

For the Lady Warriors, Senior Kristin Sato picked up right where she left off last season.  The defending CCS Champion hit 18-0 in her first jump and it was all it took to stand atop the podium.  Her jump is currently #1 in the section.  Sato also hit her stride in the 200 meters finishing 6th in a time of 26.53, moving her to #9 all-time for the Warriors.

Shelby Smallwood also had a spectacular season debut finishing 2nd in both the 100 and 200 meters.  It was a photo finish in the 100 meters where she finished in a time of 12.25.  It was slightly off her personal best of 12.02, a wind aided mark (wind reading of 2 meters per second or greater) from the CCS Championship.  Smallwood came back later in the day and again finished runner up, once again just off of her personal best running 25.25.  Smallwood is currently ranked #2 in the section in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Another highlight came from the throws where freshman Ronna Stone heaved a toss of 32-6, good enough for 7th place.  Her toss places her on the Warriors all-time list and is currently ranked 10th in the CCS.  She is the only underclassman ranked amungst the top 10 throwers in the section.

The boys had a number of spectacular results led by a number of top performances in the 100 meters.  Byron Marshall, the 2010 CCS Champion in the 100 meters, picked up right where he left off winning the 100 meters in 10.81, running into a slight headwind.  The Warriors placed 3 in the top 8, and 5 in the top 20.  Ryan Severson finished 6th (11.49) while Julian Tuyor finished 8th in a time of 11.58.  Jerrod Lawson (11.76) and Brandon Grose (11.83) also placed in the top 20.   

Theodore King Moved into #2 all-time in the shot put with a throw of 47-0, just 2 inches off the school record.  His mark of 129-1 in the discus is also a personal best earning recognition on the school's all-time list.

Representing the Warriors in the distances, Sean Davis lowered his own school record in the 1600 meters in a photo finish at the K-Bell Invitational.  His time of 4:17 is a 4 second improvement and ranks him amongst the fastest times in the state.   To read the article and watch the race video: CLICK HERE

The Warriors now turn their attention to opening WCAL action next Wednesday at home against Presentation and Bellarmine, the 2011 Track & Field Team Champions.

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