Friday, March 21, 2014

Warriors Battle in WCAL Opener

San Jose, CA - The Warriors made the cross town trip to Mitty high school Wednesday as they opened their WCAL dual meet schedule.  The girls track team held their own against the defending WCAL Champions losing a close battle 56-76; the boys walked away with a dramatic win 70-66 in what came down to the final sprint in the 4x400 meters in the last event of the day.

Emotions were running high as in the Girls relay ended in what seemed to be a bit of controversy.  A collision in the final exchange zone left bodies sprawled on the track, and taking the brunt of it was Valley Christian runners Nicole Favre and Ashley Lara who found themselves unsuspectedly part of the carnage.  Mitty held the lead into the final exchange with Favre closing fast.  As the runners approached the line and were separated by less than a second, Lara collided with the Mitty runner who had not yet left the track after handing off the baton, which sent all three runners face first into the track as the fourth runner for Mitty was off in the clear. Lara quickly gathered herself to her feet and began the chase.  Closing the gap dramatically it seemed like she might be able to steal the win but came up short down the home stretch she ran out of real room finishing just 0.14 behind.   

While emotions were running high for the Lady Warriors the non-disqualification was indeed the right call as Rule 5-10 in the NFHS rule book states in article 8: “After passing the baton, the relieved competitor should stand still or jog straight ahead and step off the track when clear.” 

Outside of the excitement there was still one race to be run with huge ramifications.  The team that won the 4 x 400 relay would win the meet.  It was a motley crew team of distance runners that was assembled and got the job done.  Mitty was off to a strong first leg run in lanes allowing Jason Li to give chase and close the gap handing off to freshman Justin Baraona for the third leg.  It was almost a dead heat but a near perfect exchange gave Lundy the one stride advantage he needed as the two athletes were locked in a battle shoulder to shoulder throughout the final leg.  Having lane one proved the advantage as Lundy kicked home for the win in the time of 3:43.03.

Meet Highlights:
  • Elena Bruckner and Ronna Stone went one-two in the shot put, both marks are atop the CCS rankings.  Bruckner set another personal best of 37’ 10” while Stone debuted with a throw of 36’ 10.”  Stone is just days into her track & field season as she was a member of the CCS Championship basketball team that qualified for the Nor Cal tournament.      
  • Lydia Sum was a double winner in the hurdles, her time in the 100 hurdles currently ranks her second in CCS.
  • Taylor Johnson dipped under the 13 second barrier for the first time.  She is currently ranked 15th in the CCS. 
  • Sara Van Wagoner debuted in the 3200 Wednesday in her first track race.  Her time of 12:07.11 is the tenth fastest time in school history.
  • Akil Jones was a triple winner.  His times in the 100 and 200 meters were both season best times as well as anchoring the 4 x 100 in a come from behind victory.

Top Valley Christian Performers:
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Taylor Johnson
Akil Jones
Shelby Smallwood
Akil Jones
Shelby Smallwood
Jason Li
Ashley Lara
Nedu Ndili
Jessica Xu
Nathan Lynch
100 / 110 Hurdles
Lydia Sum
Ben Staub
Sara VanWagoner
Nathan Lynch
300 Hurdles
Lydia Sum
Ben Staub
4 x 100
Varsity Girls
Varsity Boys
4 x 400
Varsity Girls
Varsity Boys
Shot Put
Elaina Bruckner
37’ 10”
David Maumalanga
45’ 1”
Ronna Stone
92’ 6”
David Maumalanga
135’ 1”
Long Jump
Taylor Johnson
16’ 1½”
Kelly Lee
17’ 1”
Triple Jump
Lydia Sum
32’ 10”
Mathew Weeks
35’ 11”
High Jump
Elaine Ma
4’ 6”
Mathew Weeks
5’ 2”

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