Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 Track & Field Season Underway

The Track & Field season is officially underway, kicking off the first week with a split squad. Sprinters, throwers and jumpers competed at the Willow Glen Invitational, the distance crew competed in Pleasanton at the Dan Gabor Invitational.

Willow Glen Invitational Meet Highlights:
  • Throws crew has carried last season’s success into the 2017 season. Dylan McCreery won the shot put; Max Moore won the discus. Anna Maumalanga finished second in the girls discus.
  • Matt Weeks won the triple jump with a season best 42-4.
  • A young core of sprinters shined in this opening meet. Amer Lao won the 100 meters for frosh-soph girls at the Willow Glen Invitational last weekend with a time of 13.3. Courtney Clarke finished third in 13.7.
  • Deven Vanderbilt slipped and stumbled out of the blocks and nearly took a fall but recovered to finish third in the frosh-soph boys 100 meters with a time of 11.6.
  • Caitlyn Rowland finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 62.97
  • Just off of the soccer season Kayla Nanez finished 8th in the 200 meters with a time of 28.79. She also finished 8th in the 400 meters and ran on the second place 4 x 100 meter relay team.
  • Nicole Hobaugh ran a personal best 19.21 in the 100 meter hurdles.
  • Both the varsity and frosh-soph girls 4 x 100 meter relay terms finished second. Varsity finished in 53.63.

Dan Gabor Invitational Meet Highlights:

2016 was perhaps the craziest racing conditions I have ever experienced as a coach and right on cue the rain showed up right in time for the start of the races. Increasing intensity as the evening wore on, the worst in the 3200 races.
  • Katelyn Stone debuted as the #5 freshman all-time at 3200 meters with a time of 12:28. Hannah Theaker also was spectacular running a personal best of 12:39.
  • Joe Renati finished in 10:35, Cameron Lockard 10:51. Ragav Saran ran a big PR running 12:19.
  • In the girls 800 meters Ashley Clayton won a t-shirt by finishing 2nd in her heat and 8th fastest over-all. She ran a strong race driving the pace from start to finish that resulted in a personal best 2:27.05. Vanessa Zenere was strong in her 800 meter race running 2:33.09, Sophia Patterson 2:42.50.
  • Sam Cuevas was the top Valley Christian finisher in the boys 800 meters running 2:09.87. Preston Nguyen (2:19) and Jake DeMoss (2:20) were strong in their season debut.

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