Los Gatos, CA - The Valley Christian girls Track & Field team ran away with the team title at the K-Bell Invitational Saturday scoring 65 points, outdistancing runner up Saint Francis (49) and Lowell (32) of San Francisco. Elena Bruckner was named Most Outstanding Athlete of the meet, setting meet records in both the shot put and discus. The meet is in its 31st year.
It was an extravaganza of personal bests and season records at the K-Bell Invitational Saturday. The girls 4 x 100 meter relay put the Warriors on the score board first with a fifth place finish, running 53.27 for the solo trip around the track.
Ronna Stone and Elena Bruckner scored a combined 36 points placing first and second in both the shot put and discus. Stone set a personal bests in the discus with a mark of 144-4 and in the shot put with a 41-11.5 showing. Bruckner threw just over 146 feet in the discus and a national leading mark of 49-10 in the shot put. Both marks were meet records; Bruckner was recognized as the Outstanding Athlete of the Meet for her performances.
The field events continued to be a strong point for the Warriors. Jumping into a headwind Elaine Ma placed second in the long jump with a mark 15-6.5. She followed that up with a 4-8 showing in the high jump. For Ronika Stone it was literally her first try at jumping over the bar. Scissoring up through 4-8 she ended up clearing 4-10, currently the top mark in the WCAL.
The boys saw some strong performances from the field events as well. Dylan McCreery nearly hit 40 feet in just his second meet with a throw of 39-9.5 the result of which was a top 10 finish. Jonathan Sum finished in the top 10 in both the long jump and triple jump, both personal best marks. Mathew Weeks also had top showings in the triple jump and high jump events. Will Bainbridge also was in the top 10 in the long jump.
Additional Meet Highlights:
- Lydia Sum won the 100 hurdles running away from the field with a 15.76 season debut. Also finished fourth in the triple jump with a 34-5 mark.
- Ashley Lara in 800 meters finished fifth in a season best 2:22.36.
- Melissa Reese led the sprints running 13.55 in the 100 meters and 27.99 in the 200 meters.
- Many freshman had a strong showing in their season debut. Gary Coleman and Skyler Gregg let the way both running under 13 seconds for the 100 meters.
- In the distances Nedu Ndili moves to #5 all-time for the Warriors running 4:38.83 for 1600 meters. Jason Li ran 2:09.78 for 800 meters.
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