Thursday, November 8, 2012

Warriors Set for CCS Championship

The road to State begins Saturday with the CCS Championships at Toro Park in Salinas. The top three boys and girls teams from Division III earn automatic bids to the CIF State Championship, November 24 at Woodward Park in Fresno. The top 5 individuals will also advance.

Coming into the race the Lady Warriors are ranked 4th in Division III behind Aptos, the defending Champions, and WCAL rivals Saint Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Aptos is currently ranked #1 over-all in CCS in the Mercury News Coaches Poll while Saint Ignatius is #5 and Sacred Heart #12, respectably.

The boy's race features favorites Saint Ignatius (#7), Sacred Heart Cathedral and Aptos.

The Division III Boys open the CCS Championship at 10 am, followed by the Girls at 10:35 am.

The Lady Warriors will rely on a complete team performance and the experience of veteran runners. Senior Kellianne Connolly will be running in her fourth CCS Championship while Jessica Xu, Ashley Lara and Shannon Luu also come into the race with prior CCS experience. It will be a CCS debut for senior Amy Reyes who joins the team for the first year as well as freshman Vanessa Giacalone and Leia Wang.

Jessica Xu recently earned All-WCAL honors in last week’s league championship. In 2011 she finished 11th at the CCS Championship as a sophomore; Ashley Lara and Kellianne Connolly finished in the top 25 in last year's race.

For the boys Eyobed Mesfun, Alex Ascencio and Jeremy Dong compete to qualify as individuals to the CIF State Championship. This will be the first CCS Championship for all three Warriors.


Girls: The Valley Christian Warriors have finished in the top three six times, qualifying for the state championship five of the last six years. They have finished runner up two times, in 2008 (D4) and in 2011 (D3). The Warriors have also produced the individual champion six times. Jennifer Bergman won three titles (2005, 2007, 2008), Evelyn Wing won back to back titles in 2001 and 2002, and Johanna Wans was the first Valley Christian runner to win the crown in 1996.

Boys: Valley Christian's best placing came in 1996 with a fourth place finish in the D4 race. Sean Davis became the first to win individual championship in 2011.


The Central Coast Section has a geographical designation of schools from San Francisco to King City comprising of 139 public and private schools representing more than 150,000 students. Over 65,000 student athletes participate in one or more of 24 sports.

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