WVJS was begun in the fall of 1966 when three joggers began meeting together on a local high school track (Westmont). Within a year or two the numbers grew as jogging and running in the United States increased in popularity. The club was formally organized as an AAU (the predecessor to the TAC and USATF) team in April of 1970. Two of the first three joggers in the club were probably Carl Martin and Len Edholm. The third may have been Bob Blonder.
The name WVJS was chosen because we met on the west side of the Santa Clara valley and because club members were both joggers and striders. Originally, men were considered striders if they could break six minutes in the mile and women were considered striders if they could break seven. Strider patches were given to those runners who met these standards.
When the club was first formed, we had several excellent 40+ runners. This in turn attracted other good 40+ runners from outside the Santa Clara Valley. With the exception of a short period during 1980 and 1981, we were the dominant 40+ team in Northern California through the late 1980's. Some of the accomplishments by our club during this period included:
1990 - Men's 50-59 8K National Team Cross Country champs (Sal Vasquez, Bill Meinhardt & Tim Rostege).
1991 - Men's Masters (40+) and
Men's Seniors (50+) champs.
1992 - Men's Masters champs.
1993 - Men's Seniors and the inaugural Men's Super Seniors (60+) champs.
1994 - Women's Masters, Men's Seniors, and Men's Super Seniors champs.
1995 - Men's Seniors, Men's Super Seniors, and inaugural Men's Veterans (70+) champs.
1996 - Women's Masters, Men's Seniors, Men's Super Seniors and Men's Veterans Championships. Men's 50-59 10K National Team Cross Country champs (Sal Vasquez, David Furst, Jim Reitz, Dick Chimenti & Bill Meinhardt).
1997 - Men's Seniors and Men's Veterans champs.
1998 - Men's Masters, Women's Seniors, Men's Seniors and Men's Veterans champs.
1999 - Men's Super Seniors and Men's Veterans champs plus Men's 60-69 10K National Team Cross Country champs (Neal Chappell, Dave Norlander & Ken Noel).
Sue Francis won a Women's Masters Championship. Stan DeMartinis (five times),
Dave Valles and Howard Powers won Men's Veterans Championships. Ralph Poole won
a Super Seniors Championship. Jim Reitz and Tim Rostege (twice) won Men's
Three age-group winners at the 1996 National Cross Country Championships (10K): Chris Kennedy (40-44 women), Dave Furst (50-54 men) and Sal Vasquez (55-59 men).
At the 1999 National Cross Country Championship, Neal Chappell won the 60+ individual title. Also in 1999 the 60-69 4x1500 and 4x1600 world records were set by the team of Neal Chappell, Ralph Poole, Gene Antonides and Ken Noel.
2000 - First place for Men's
Masters, Men's Super Seniors and Men's Veteran teams. Howard Powers wins
Veterans title again.
2001 - First place for Men's Veteran team. Joe Hurtado wins Super Senior individual title.
2002 - First place for Men's Super Senior team. Eddie Reyna wins Veteran individual title.
2003 - No titles this year.
2004 - No titles this year.
2005 - First place for Men's Super Senior team.
2006 - First place for Men's Senior team in the Road Grand Prix. First place tie for Men's Master team in XC Grand Prix. Eddie Reyna wins Veteran's long-race individual competition.
2007 - First place for Men's Master team in XC Grand Prix. First place for Men's Senior team in Road Grand Prix. Dennis Kurtis wins Senior XC and Short Distance Road individual Grand Prix titles.
2008 - First place for Men's Senior and Super Senior teams in Road Grand Prix. First place for Men's Masters in XC Grand Prix. Christine Kennedy wins Women's Senior Long Road title. Bill Dunn wins Super Senior Short Road Race, Long Road Race, and XC individual titles (the triple crown!).
2009 Ė First place for Menís Super Senior and Veteran teams in Road Grand Prix.† First place for Menís Veteran team in XC Grand Prix.† Bill Dunn wins Super Senior and Carl Petersen wins Veteranís XC individual titles.
2010 -† First place for Menís Senior and Super Senior teams in Road Grand Prix.† First place for Menís Masters, Menís Seniors, and Menís Super Senior teams in XC Grand Prix.
2011 - First place for Men's Veteran teams in both the Road and XC Grand Prix.† Jose Pina finishes first in the Masters division of the XC Grand Prix. Joe Hurtado finishes in first place in the Road Grand Prix in the long race division for Super Senior runners, the short race division for†Veteran runners, and the long race division for Veteran runners.
2012 - Eddie Reyna finished first in the 80+ division of the Road Grand Prix.
2013 - First place for Men's Senior team in the Road Grand Prix competition. Eddie Reyna finished first in the 80+ division for both short race and long race divisions.
2014 - First place for Men's 50+ team in the road running grand prix. Bob Lord won the short race competition for the 70+ men in road running. First place for Men's 70+ team in the XC grand pix team competition.
2015 - First place for Men's 50+ in the road running grand prix. Bill Dodson won both the short race and long race competition for 80+ men.
2016 - Bill Dodson, although now racing for Tamalpa, is worthy of mention as he garnered first place in three divisions: 70+ Men Long, 80+ Men Short, and 80+ Men Long.