Monday, April 22, 2013

School Records Fall at CCS Top 8 Invitational

Leo Yo in the first leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay
The CCS Top 8 Invitational held at San Jose Community College has been one of the premeir invitationals in Northern California for the last 35 years. The meet is considered a preview of the best athletes in the Central Coast Section before heading into the league, section and state meets.

It was a strong showing for the Warriors with multiple personal bests and two school records. It was Lydia Sum who started the day off in the first event with a huge personal best in the girls triple jump to surpass Kristin Sato's school record by two inches with a jump of 36'5" to finish 3rd.   And it was Eyobed Mesfun in the final event for the Warriors who went on to break 10 minutes in the 3200 meters to finish in 9:56.89, surpassing Sean Davis mark set in 2010.

It was an all-around strong effort for the Valley Christian Track & Field team as the Frosh-Soph boys went on to run their second fastest time of the season in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 46.13.  Akil Jones was the anchor of the relay and went on to earn two more personal bests running 11.60 in the 100 and 23.16 in the 200 meters.  Also running a personal best in the sprints was Ben Staub in the 300 meter hurdles who finished in 44.31.

In the distances Jason Li moves up to #5 all-time with a 2:05.03 finish in the frosh-soph 800 meters.  Ashley Lara took a second off her personal best to finish in 2:23.75 in the girls 800 meters while Jessica finishes in 5:20.09 in the 1600 meters.  Kailey Eddy also had a nice jump in the 3200 meters taking 10 seconds off her best time to finish in 11:48.75.

Shelby Smallwood was a top finisher for the Warriors with a 6th place finish in the 100 meters (12.61) and 7th place finish just off her season best in the 200 meters (25.78).  Mary Ellen Bradley also had a strong showing finishing in 13.03, her second fastest time this season.

The field events had strong showings all around.  In addition to Sum's top finish in the triple jump Robriana Johnson finished just one inch off her season best with a mark of 34'8".  Elena Bruckner (35'8.5") and Ronna Stone (35'6") finished 5th and 6th respectably and were the highest placing underclassman in the field with the top four places all being seniors.

The Warriors now turn their attention to their final two dual meets and the WCAL Trails & Finals starting the week of May 7th at St. Francis High School.

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