Saturday, May 13, 2017

Warriors Post Top Marks at WCAL Finals; JV Girls Win Team Title

Mountain View, CA - The Valley Christian Track & Field team competed in the WCAL Finals at Saint Francis High School, Friday. The Lady Warriors won the team title in the junior varsity division posting 144 points, their first in team history. Varsity girls previously won in 2006.

The Lady Warriors finished atop the podium in seven individual events and runner-up in six others.

Full Results: Finals / Trials

Team Highlights:

4x100 Relay
The team of Amber Lao, Nina Barry, Aamani Ponnekanti and Fallon Dexheimer set the WCAL meet record for junior varsity girls running 50.34. The team made of three freshman and one junior ranks #9 all-time in school history.

Jordan Hahn (5:38.97) and Sophia Patterson (5:40.90) both hit season best times to finish second and third in the JV girls race.

100 Hurdles
Nicole Hobaugh, Alexis McMahon and Jessica Hanjojo all hit personal bests in the final. Hobaugh finished 2nd in 17.22, McMahon 3rd in 17.29 and Hanjojo 7th in 18.72. Hobaugh moves to #7 all-time in school history, McMahon #8, respectively.

Skye Scott shot out of the blocks the first 200 meters, pushing the effort throughout the race to finish second in a personal best 63.14.

Nina Barry and Fallon Dexheimer finished 1-2 in the 100 meters both in personal best times. Barry had a fantastic start the first 30 meters and set herself apart from the field running 12.69. The race was just over the legal wind limit of 2.0 meters per second with a +2.2 tailwind. Dexheimer also had a great run finishing in 12.92. Courtney Clarke was 13.93 for 9th.

Ashley Clayton has had a super season running a personal best 2:24.74 at last week's WCAL Trials, a time that ranks #10 all-time for the Warriors. Heading into the meet she knew she would have her hands full against a strong field. A "slow & go" pace of the first lap, combined with a heavy headwind on the back stretch made for an interesting strategic race. Clayton held to the pack and put on a big kick to finish the last 100 that fell just short of a CCS qualifying position placing 4th in 2:27.00.

The JV girls race on the contrary shot out with a blistering first lap as Christine Albrecht and Carly Trent dueled through the first 500 meters. Albrecht held on to finish 2nd in 2:31.50. Sophia Patterson completed a strong double finishing 5th in 2:38. Maylene Aguilar coming off a cold was 8th in 2:41, Hahn 12th in 2:47.

300 Hurdles
Caitlyn Rowland fell victim to the flu making its way around campus but it didn't show as she hit a lifetime best in the 300 hurdles in 46.91 to finish 3rd. She moves to #2 all-time for the Warriors. It was a strong run in tough conditions that fell just short of the CCS auto-qualifier and just 0.1 from second place. Her time ranks #14 in CCS this season.

In the JV girls race it was a pair of 53's for Alexis McMahon and Jessica Hanjojo. McMahon finished 4th in a personal best 53.31, Hanjojo 6th in 53.91.

Valley Christian went 2-3-4 in the event with all three girls hitting a lifetime best. Fallon Dexheimer finished second in 26.87 and was followed by Skye Scott (27.51) and Nina Barry (27.89).

Katelyn Stone won the WCAL Championship at 3200 meters running 11:30.10, a 22 second improvement of her personal best. A group of five athletes set a solid pace for the first mile passing in 5:50. Then the pace quickened. "I just kept telling myself to hold on as long as I could," Stone said of the race. Two laps later it was Stone who was pressing. Closing the final half mile in 2:42 the freshman took the win punching her ticket to CCS. Her time ranks #5 all-time in school history.

It was a strong showing in the 3200 for the Lady Warriors as Jordan Hahn also won the JV Girls race the week prior. Hahn improved 30 seconds in her race to win in 12:06, a time that is #11 all-time in school history.

4x400 Relay
The varsity relay team of Caitlyn Rowland, Ashley Clayton, Kayla Nanez and Vanessa Zenere finished 3rd in a season best 4:11.31, the tenth fastest in school history. Christine Albrecht, Maylene Aguilar, Nicole Hobaugh and Alexis McMahon finished 3rd in the JV division with a mark of 4:27.81.

Shot Put
Camille Johnson won the varsity girls shot put marking the fourth consecutive year a Valley Christian athlete won the event. Elena Bruckner won three consecutive titles from 2014-2016, this year Johnson took the title with a personal best throw of 35-8. Johnson, who finished 5th in the Junior Olympics for the Javelin and will throw for the University of Texas next year, picked up the shot put for the first time this spring. Her mark is currently #6 all-time in team history. Three Warriors finished in the top 5. Anna Maumalanga finished second with a season best 34-9.5, Liz He was fifth in 31-0, just inch off her personal best.

Alexis Madden-Tyler finished 2nd in the junior varsity division with a personal best 28-8. Celena Nijmeh also hit a personal best, finishing 3rd with a mark of 27-0.75. Janet Qian finished seventh in 23-7.

Anna Maumalanga won the varsity girls discus with mark of 115-10. Liz He finished 6th in 84-11. Freshman Celena Nijmeh won the JV girls discus with a personal best mark of 85-1. Alexis Madden-Tyler finished fourth (76-4).

Long Jump
Fallon Dexheimer capped an outstanding day with a win in the JV girls long jump with a mark of 16-3.5. That mark moves Dexheimer to #6 all-time for the Warriors and was her fourth personal best on the day. Courtney Clarke finished 9th with a mark of 13-9.75. She jumped a personal best 14-7 in the trials.

High Jump
Yvonne Ma jumped 4-4 to finish fourth in the junior varsity high jump. Ma was one of six athletes who all tied at 4-4 but went to the tie breaker for placing discriminating by the number of misses.

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