Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Warriors Open Season at Early Bird Invitational

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Kailey Eddy charging the hills just before two miles.
Toro Park, Salinas - Over 2000 runners from 58 teams converged on Toro Park Saturday, opening their season in one of the largest and most competitive early season meets in Northern California.  As temperatures soared into the 90’s the Warriors turned up the heat even more, burning up the challenging 3 mile course at the Early Bird Invitational.  The Warriors fared well, despite not running a full Varsity squad the Girls finished 13th in the over-all standings while the boys finished 30th, respectably. 

At the end of the day three Warriors walked away with medals, earning recognition as top individuals in their divisional races.  Kailey Eddy took over 90 seconds off of her time from last year to finish sixth in a loaded sophomore field.  Her time of 19:27 places her fourth all-time on the Warriors all-time list and was one of the best on the day; out of nearly 1000 runners her time was 14th over-all. 

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Medalists Karen Mac & Jessica Xu
The temperatures skyrocketed into the 90’s by mid-day but that didn’t stop Jessica Xu and Karen Mac who medaled in the senior girls race.  Xu finished in 20:29 while Karen Mac crossed in 21:16.  Both marks are just off their personal bests but with the high temperatures and humidy the effort was there.

Nicole Favre was the surprise of the day for the Warriors, a WCAL Finalist in the 400 meters last spring, ran to an impressive time of 21:45, a time that ranks her 22nd  all-time for the Warriors.  Rounding out the scoring runners was Annie Yeh with a time of 25:01.

The Boys had an impressive showing as well and continue to have impressive performances from the young team.  The freshman boys had four top finishers, three of whom landed in the score card finishing in the Top 7 runners on the day.

Nathan Lynch led the Warriors for the second week in a row improving over 30 seconds from last year’s performance.  What makes that even more impressive is the junior was running tired after a difficult week of training that included an 8 mile run the day before. 

There were a number of Warriors improving their times, including Jeremy Dong who finished in 18:12.  Peter Enfantino once again showed his summer training has paid off improving 2:54 over last year’s debut.  Samuel Han also had a nice jump improving nearly 30 seconds as well.  Training partners with Lynch he too ran 8 miles the day before keeping his eyes on the big picture, the WCAL Championship in November.   

It is one of the largest freshman groups in years and the results show promise for the next generation of runners coming through Valley Christian.  Nedu Ndili had quiet the debut for only running two weeks, crossing in 19:12.  Yash Patel who was the top freshman last week was suffering through cramping calved but held on to an impressive 19:26.  He was joined by Justin Baraona (19:40), Cameron Lockard (20:00).  Mathew Weeks held on despite cramping to finish the team’s 5th runner.  Samuel Cuevas and Mathew Milner rounded out the scoring team for an impressive freshman squad.

“I’m excited for the freshman,” said team captain Nathan Lynch.  “When they figure it out and if they can work together they are going to be good.  Really good!”

It was a solid showing for the Warriors who travel to Pebble Beach next week to compete in the RLS Relays.

Full Results: CLICK HERE

19:27  Kailey Eddy
20:29  Jessica Xu
21:16  Karen Mac
21:45  Nicole Favre
25:01  Annie Yeh
26:24  Vanessa Giacalone
26:55  Maddie Hoover
28:04  Margret Theaker
28:39  Grace Cardona
29:43  Shannon Kovach
30:36  Audrey Chang
35:06  Rebekah Bruckner

17:55  Nathan Lynch
18:12  Jeremy Dong
18:59  Peter Enfantino
19:12  Chiedum Ndili
19:26  Yash Patel
19:38  Samuel Han
19:40  Justin Baraona
20:00  Cameron Lockard
20:02  Dean DeMoss
20:04  Tejas Reddy
22:25  Mathew Weeks
20:50  Nathan Baldry
21:49  Inigo Garcia
22:35  Samuel Cuevas
23:32  Mathew Milner
24:02  Wilson Ye
24:25  Volk Jensiriwanich
24:42  Alex Wang
26:12  Peter Sohn
28:50  Kevin Kovach
30:54  Jacob Laucella

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