October 1st, 2015, Athena Sandoval, a Freshman at Los Alamitos High School decided to take her soccer career into her own hands here at Champion’s QUEST. Literally, Athena jumped up and touched her hand 99 inches above the ground to record a Vertical Jump of 16.50 inches.
The vertical jump was just the first of 10 athletic tests that Athena completed in her initial evaluation.
Fast forward to this past summer, Athena now has a vertical jump of 21 inches, an increase of 4.50 inches in 9 months. From the image below, you can see Athena improved in every aspect of her athleticism and has become a stronger, faster, quicker, and smarter soccer player.
With all the work completed on and off the field, big rewards came for Athena this summer as she made the Flight 1 CDA Slammers Cerritos ’01 EGSL team (Coach Randi Martinez.) Not only did Athena make a competitive Flight 1 team, she also started as an outside defender and played in front of college soccer coaches at the nationally acclaimed soccer tournament: Surf Cup in Oceanside, CA. Athena helped her team reach the finals and take home second place at Surf Cup. Athena’s soccer team also WON the Pleasanton showcase and took runner-up at the West Coast soccer showcase.
It’s no doubt that Athena’s dedication to her physical and mental abilities has led to her success on the soccer field.
Athena’s confidence continues to rise each game and allows her to showcase her increase in speed, quickness, and total body strength. Athena increased her speed in her 10 yard sprint by 3 tenths, making her faster to help in the attack on the wings and able to sprint back on defense. Athena’s lateral cutting agility increased her speed by over 3 seconds and has allowed her to cut quicker when a forward is attempting to challenge her. Athena also increased her plank to over a 3-minute hold and improved her total athleticism by 240%
Athena is now ready to start knocking on college doors and telling college soccer coaches that she is ready to take her game to the next level in college and she is serious about making a difference in their soccer program.
Congrats Athena on your recent success this summer in soccer. We are all so excited to see which college flag will hang in the gym with Athena’s name on it in 2019.
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