Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Summer Fitness and Young Talent on Display at Annual Watermelon Run

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The start of the 2013 Watermelon Run
Santa Cruz, CA – The Valley Christian Cross Country team made its annual trek over the hill Saturday for the team’s Watermelon Run, a team time trial held on a 2.1 mile loop through the redwoods at UCSC.  Run on a rolling course it is deceivingly difficult with steady climbs and rapid descents, which makes for an exciting test of technical cross country running and summer fitness. 

The fifth annual Watermelon Run saw record numbers as there were 67 finishers from a motley crew of participants that included current athletes, alumni, parents, siblings and coaches, making this the largest Watermelon Run in its 5 year history!  While temperatures soared (for Santa Cruz standards) reaching the upper 80's it was an exciting day of racing.

It was near miss for sophomore Kailey Eddy who came just two seconds shy of Morgan Lira’s record from 2011.  She was followed by Karen Mac, who ran a huge personal best in 14:50, and Jessica Xu who was all smiles down the home straight in 15:31. Leia Wang had a huge jump finishing in 16:45 along with Morgan Starkey rounding out the Warriors top 5.

Surprising finishes came from a couple tracksters, Nicole Favre (400 meters), Rebekah Bruckner (hurdles) and Elena Bruckner (shot put) had a great run of their own.  Not far behind were amazing runs from a slew of new runners to this year team.  Audrey Chang finished well in her first race while Margret Theaker, Grace Cardona and Allison Cong were the top freshman across the finish.

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Rebekah Bruckner looking for something to hurdle!
For the boys Nathan Lynch led the way with the #3 performance all-time finishing in an impressive 12:18.  Working hard all summer Lynch put in the work averaging 60-70 mile weeks through June, July and August.  His consistency this summer has paid off as evidenced improving by more than a minute over last year’s performance.  He was followed by Jeremy Dong, who dipped under the 13 minute barrier, and Jason Li who improved nearly 30 seconds over last year’s run.  Peter Enfantino (13:35) and freshman Yash Patel (13:45) rounded out the top 5 for the boys.  Enfantino improved over 5 minutes from last year’s Watermelon Run!     

Sam Han (13:55) and Tejas Reddy (14:08) also saw big drops in their times over last season rounding out the top 7.  They were followed by a slew of freshman, Jason Baraona, Chiedum Ndili, Newman Hu and Mathew Weeks who all finished around 15 minutes, marking the impressive talent of this year’s incoming class. 

The Warriors officially open up their season Saturday at the Early Bird Invitational at Toro Park in Salinas.

13:35 Kailey Eddy
14:50 Karen Mac
15:31 Jessica Xu
16:45 Leia Wang
17:17 Morgan Starkey
17:23 Nicole Favre
17:34 Megan Gillespie
18:22 Rebekah Bruckner
18:57 Elena Bruckner
19:02 M. Li
19:52 Audrey Chang
20:12 Margret Theaker
20:16 Grace Cardona
20:44 Allison Cong
21:02 Emma Ottum
21:55 Audrey Keaney
22:04 Lydia Van Muckey
22:28 Eva Ottum
22:30 Courtney Nelson
22:37 H. Han
23:01 Shannon Kovach 
23:02 S. Bruckner
23:55 B. Kovach 
24:06 Katie Osumi
25:26 F. Herrera
25:34 Megan Braun
26:11 Alejandra Washington

12:18 Nathan Lynch
12:59 Jeremy Dong
13:08 Jason Li
13:35 Peter Enfantino
13:45 Yash Patel
13:48 Alex Ascencio 
13:55 Sam Han
14:08 Tejas Reddy
14:45 Jason Baraona
14:49 Chiedum Ndili
14:59 Newman Hu
15:06 Mathew Weeks
16:03 Inigo Garcia
16:31 Wilson Ye
16:37 Francisco Herrera
16:44 Zachary Garcia
16:49 D. Tarantino
17:20 Ben Staub
17:21 Michael Gallo
17:41 Nico Starink
17:54 Peter Sohn
17:55 Dustin Laucella
18:01 T. Wang
18:05 V. Ten
20:10 Mathew Milner
20:43 Wilson Chung
22:08 Jacob Laucella
23:06 Arjun Doreswamy


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