Thursday, March 5, 2015

Valley Christian Track & Field: Boys Season Preview

San Jose, CA - The 2015 Valley Christian Track & Field team is a youthful one. Featuring a majority of freshman and sophomores they will depend on strong veteran leadership to guide the team this season.

Top returners in the sprints are Akil Jones and Ben Staub. As a sophomore Jones was one of the best in the WCAL qualifying for both the 100 and 200 meter final in 2014. Jones earned All-League honors in the 200 meters with a 6th place finish. He enters the season with personal bests of 11.18 in 100 meters which is currently #10 all-time for the Warriors. He also has a personal best of 22.93 in the 200 meters. Ben Staub also returns in the sprints as a medalist in the 110 hurdles in 2014. His third place finish in the WCAL Finals (16.08) stands as #2 time in school history.

The field events features a strong core of young athletes that include Mathew Weeks, Will Bainbridge and Jonathan Sum. Weeks is a multifaceted athlete with a range of talent. A top cross country runner in the fall he also was a finalist in the 300 hurdles, jumped 5’8” in high jump and nearly cracked the 40 foot barrier in the triple jump 39’ 3”. He also broke 18 feet in the long jump, all strong marks for a freshman. Will Bainbridge also nearly hit the 18 foot mark with a 17-7 showing in the long jump. Jonathan Sum hit 36 feet in the triple jump.

A crew of new throwers are on the scene for the boys this season. Graduating two of the top throwers in the CCS the throws crew is ready to reload. Jonathan Wick is in his first year as a Junior and already had an impressive early season debut of 37’ 6”.

The distances return a mix of senior leadership and youthful talent. Jason Li is the top 800 and 1600 meter returner from last season with personal bests of 2:04 and 4:42, respectably. Nathan Lynch also returns and is coming off a strong cross country season last fall and enters as the top 3200 meter runner in the early season. Sophomore Nedu Ndili has a spectacular freshman year running 2:07 for 800, 4:43 for 1600 and 10:28 for 3200 and looks to be a major contributor this season. Dean DeMoss, Peter Enfantino, Justin Baraona, Yash Patel, Francisco Hererra and Sam Cuevas all add amazing depth to this years distance team and all are expected to contribute this spring.

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