Sunday, April 20, 2014

Big Day for Warriors at CCS Top 8 Invitational

San Jose, CA – Good Friday was good to the Warriors.  It was an exciting day of track & field at the CCS Top 8 Invitational Friday that saw numerous personal bests, a national ranking and the girls team finish second in the team standings.

Leading the charge for the Lady Warriors were Elena Bruckner and Ronna Stone scoring a combined 30 of the 39 team points.  Stone kicked off the day with a win in the discus hitting 118-11.5, just ½ inch off her personal best.  Bruckner also hit a personal best 111-7 to finish fifth.  The duo came back later that evening in the shot put and finished 1-2 in the standings, both hitting huge personal bests.  It was the first throw for Bruckner that landed her the win, 46 feet and 1 inch away.  That mark ranked her top 10 in the nation and one of the top sophomore in the country.  Stone also had a huge breakthrough, cracking the 40 foot barrier to finish 41-5.  A personal best that ranks her #2 all-time for the Warriors.

Taylor Johnson had a huge day earning three personal bests, one for every event she was competed in on the day.  Her mark of 12.88 in the 100 meters and 26.42 in the 200 meters both earn recognition on the team’s all-time list.  Perhaps one of her best marks of the day came in the long jump where she hit 17-7 to put her on the podium in third place.  That mark is the second furthest jump in school history.

Lydia Sum also scored valuable points for the Warriors finishing fifth in the 100 meter high hurdles (15.69) and sixth in the triple jump with a season best 34-7.25.  Ashley Lara had an off day but still managed to finish just off her personal best running 2:22.94 in the 800 meters.  She came back later that evening to anchor the 4x400 meter relay with a 59.0 split.  Along with Lara, the team of Melissa Reese (64.9), Caitlyn Rowland (66.1) and Karen Mac (65.3) combined for a season best 4:15.43.

The boys also saw some outstanding performances.  Akil Jones won the 200 meters in a personal best time 22.93.  He was also runner up in the 100 meters, also in a personal best 11.18.  His 100 meter time ranks tenth all-time for the Warriors.  Fa’auli Gaoteote had a breakthrough of his own in the shot put with a throw of 49-1.5.  That marks ranks #2 all-time for the Warriors.  The 4x400 team of Trenton Rhoads (54.1), Jason Li (53.5), Ben Staub (56.7) and Matt Lundy (56.2) ran a seasn best 3:40.82 for the Warriors.  

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