Boys Track & Field
Santa Margarita High School opened in the fall of 1987, welcoming 218 freshmen to its beautiful 42-acre campus. Coach Dave Zeitler arrived in 1989 after leaving Mater Dei and has been the Head Coach up until 2011, when he passed the baton to his son, Sean Zeitler. Coach Dave Zeitler's first team in February 1990 consisted of 26 athletes, today, the Eagles boast 125 athletes on their roster.
As you can see, the team has grown a lot since 1989. With increased numbers came greater success. The Eagle Boys Track & Field team has won 7 league championships, 1 Angelus, 5 Serra League and 1 Sea View League. The 2001 team won the prestigious Orange County Championship. The Eagles have also finished in the runner up spot at Orange County on 3 other occasions; 1996, 2000 & 2002. When it really counts, at C.I.F. Finals, the Eagles have one third place, in 2000, three 2nd place finishes, 2001 - 2003 and a C.I.F. Championship in 1996.
Individuals from the team have also excelled. The track program has produced 12 individual C.I.F. Champions: Matt Blasdel in the 300IH in 1996, Pat Luke won 2 Pole Vault Championships in 1999 & 2000, Sean Zeitler won his C.I.F. Championship in the 300IH in 2001 and Jeff Jacobs won a C.I.F Championship in the 400m in 2002 & repeated in 2003. Andrew Prodoehl was C.I.F Pole Vault Champion in 2005, Ryan Martin in the 800 in 2006 and 2007, Jimmy Martin garnered the 300IH championship in May of 2009. Parker Curry carried on the pole vaulting tradition as he was crowned CIF Champion in 2013. Austin Tinsley won the division 3 CIF Championship in the 300IH in 2014 before becoming SMCHS’ first individual MASTERS champion when he won the 300IH in a time of 37.25. This past season, junior Blake Hennesay earned CIF individual titles in the 100-meter and the 300IH, with times of 10.71 and 38.20. Hennesay would go on to advance to the CIF State Championship Finals in both events, including running school record times of 10.54 and 36.95. Blake's 36.95 makes him the fifth fastest in Orange County history and the fastest junior ever in Orange County history.
Relays have also played a major part in the success. C.I.F. Championships have been won by the 1996 4 x 100m relay team, the 1998 4 x 400m relay team, the 2000 4 x 400m relay team and the 2001 4 x 400m relay team. Numerous individuals and relay teams have qualified for the Masters Meet, the State qualifying meet. Individual athletes that have qualified for the California State Meet are: Pat Luke in the Pole Vault, Jeff Jacobs in the 400m, Brandon Clark in the 400m, Jim Lunnen in the High Jump, Matt Blasdel in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles, Andrew Prodoehl in the Pole Vault, Ryan Martin in the 800m, Parker Curry in the Pole Vault and Austin Tinsley in the 300IH. The 4 x 100m relay team of 2002 also qualified for the State Meet. The 4 x 400m relay teams qualified for the State Meet for four consecutive years, from 2000-2003. In all, the Eagle boys boast 16 Individual CIF Champions in less than 30 years of Santa Margarita school history.
This year, the Eagle tradition continues.
The mission of the Eagle Track & Field program is to take a group of collective individuals and teach them how to become a team. Eagle track and field athletes will all be held to the same standards and expected to up uphold the Catholic-Christian standards and values of the school and the program; Honesty, Integrity, Discipline, Effort, and Accountability. Our goal as a program is to teach these young man the value of hard work, patience, sacrifice, and teamwork which will be used well beyond high school and into adulthood.
Director of Track and Field | Hurdlers: Dave Zeitler
Coach Zeitler is in his 6th year as Director and is in his 34th year coaching Track & Field. His first 6 years were spent at Mater Dei High School and the past 28 years here at Santa Margarita. Coach Zeitler comes from a family of track coaches as his dad coached XC and T & F for 34 years and his brother, who is still coaching, is in his 50th year. Coach Zeitler graduated from Holy Family DHS in New York, SUNY Cortland and earned his Masters’ degree from Azusa Pacific University. Coach Zeitler is a contract substitute teacher at SM after having taught in the science department for 26 years at SM. Coach Zeitler is married to Colleen (37 years) and has 3 adult children and 6 grand-daughters. The 4 older grand girls are Erin’s daughters (and Broc) and are 11 year old Michaela Margaret, 9 year old Hannah Christine, 7 year old McKenzie Grace, and soon to be 6 year old Hope Elizabeth. Coach (Sean) Zeitler has two daughters of his own (with Meghan) and they are Morgan McCrea (4 in May) and Emma Shea was born July 23rd, 2015. Erin Zeitler Meserve, competed on the track team for all 4 of her high school years, graduated from SMCHS in '99 & Cal State Fullerton in '04. She and her husband own and operate The Bagel Shack in San Clemente. Coach's son Sean also competed four years on the SMCHS track team earning a CIF Championship in the 300IH in 2001 and was part of 2 CIF Championship 4 x 400m relays. Sean is currently our Head Coach and the Sports Information Director for Santa Margarita. Peter David, P.D., is medically retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently enrolled at U.C.S.D. Peter served 2 tours of duty in Iraq, then served his country in the Pentagon as the P.S.D. (Private Security Detail) for the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps., the highest enlisted Marine in the Marine Corps. Pete ran for 3 years at SM before transferring to Trabuco Hills HS for his senior year. His specialty was the 300IH. The family moved to R.S.M in 1987 and currently live in RSM.
Head Coach | Sprints | Relays: Sean Zeitler
Coach Sean Zeitler has been with team in various capacities for the past 18 years. In 2007, Sean took over the responsibility of Head Sprint/Relay coach, he is in his seventh year as Head Boys Coach and his thirdyear as the sprint coach for the girls’ team. Sean competed on the SMCHS track team from 1998 - 2001. He was captain of the team in 2000 and 2001, and helped lead the Eagles to their only Orange County Championship that year. Sean earned a CIF Championship in the 300IH in 2001, was part of 2 CIF Championship 4 x 400m relay teams, and competed at the California State Meet on 2 occasions, finishing 7th in 2000 and 5th in 2001. Sean had personal bests of 14.92 in the 110HH, 38.30 in the 300IH, and 48.3 relay split on a 3:15.70 CIF Championship 4x400m relay team. Sean competed on the Track & Field team for three years at Cal Poly Pomona University where he was a team captain. In college, Sean ran 53.71 in the 400IH at CCAA Conference Finals and was a part of a 3:14.70 4x400m relay team. Sean is currently working in the Athletics Department at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, serving as the Sports Information Director. He earned has his B.A. Degree in Communications and is currently working on his Masters degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration. Sean is responsible for managing the Boys Track and Field website in addition to being the team's writer and photographer. Sean resides in Lake Forest with his wife Meghan and their two daughters, Morgan and Emma. Coach can be reached at: email@example.com
Pole Vault Coach: Mandie (Rowell) Owens
Mandie has been around the pole vault pits for 15 years and is in her sixth year of coaching. She competed for SMCHS from 1999-2003, and was captain her senior year. Mandie was a CIF qualifier every year and won OC Championships as a sophomore. While at SMCHS she also competed in triple jump and hurdles. Mandie attended the University of Utah on a four-year Track and Field scholarship where she graduated with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. She made the Dean's List all four years and was chosen captain of the Track and Field team her senior year. She placed at the Mountian West Championships in both triple jump and pole vault in 2005-2008. She was also a NCAA regional qualifier in 2007. In just four years, she has coached six individual pole vault CIF Champions (Kaitlyn Merritt x4, Parker Curry, Kate Thomas), two State Champions (Kaitlyn Merritt x2) and two other State Finalists (Kate Thomas and Parker Curry). Coach Rowell can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Distance Coach: Gil Garcia
Coach Gil Garcia has been coaching the distance runners at Santa Margarita for 19 years and this is his second year coaching the boys. Coach Garcia is the head girls cross country coach and was the head girls track and field coach before Coach Ferry took over. He guided the Eagles to the 1999 Orange County Championship, the 1999 CIF Division 2 title and 2015 Division 3 title.
Long and Triple Jump Coach: Kristyne Hanberg
Coach Kristyne Hanberg graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2005 where she was a four year varsity letter in Track and Field and a three year letter in soccer. Kristyne was a CIF finalist all four years in the 100m and 200m. Kristyne attended Cal State Fullerton, on a four year Track and Field scholarship, where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology in 2010. Kristyne was Big West all conference in 100 meters in 2006,2007, and 2009 as well as Big West all conference in the 200 meters in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was also a NCAA regional qualifier in the 4x400 meters in 2007. Kristyne was the Boy's and Girl's Head Sprint/Relay Coach at Irvine High School from 2011-2014. She has also been the Girls' Junior Varsity Head Soccer Coach from 2011-2013 and is now the Girls' Varsity Assistant Coach 201-present. Kristyne currently teaches at SMHS in the ASP department.
Long and Triple Jump Coach: Michelle Turek
Bio coming soon
Throws Coach: Preston Walrath
Preston Walrath's father also named Preston Walrath attended University of Oregon as a throws athlete after graduating high school but entered into the armed forces as the Vietnam Conflict was ongoing and felt it was his duty to do all he could do for his country. Coach Walrath's father threw for the United States Air Force in Europe. In 1969, Coach Walrath was born, and shortly thereafter began training in Shot and Discus. In 1984 For Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon, coach Walrath opened his freshman season by beating all discus throwers, including all varsity opponents at their invitational, with a throw of 110' (approximately). Coach Walrath went on to place in the City League Championships and move on to the state meet discus. After earning a varsity letter in three sports a, football, wrestling, and track, Coach Walrath moved on to another successful year as a sophomore, winning the city and placing in the state meet. Coach Walrath's family moved to southern California where he attended Capistrano Valley High School, hoping to build on the success of a super sophomore 1985 during his junior year football campaign, both of his shoulders suffered multiple dislocations and separations that required surgery on both. Undaunted Coach Walrath rehabbed and competed his junior and senior years, throwing well at times and competing at the highest local levels. Coach Walrath earned a division one scholarship and started for the UNLV Running Rebels in football as a center and played in Europe and Arena Football. At the conclusion of his football career, he began coaching at Saddleback College both football (Offensive and Defensive Line, Strength and Conditioning, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, and Hammer), 2000-2007. Currently coach for the Santa Margarita Eagles, and teach for Orange County Department of Education, in San Juan Capistrano. Coach Walrath is married, to Marie and has a four year old daughter Siena and reside in Rancho Santa Margarita. Coach also has two nieces who graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
High Jump: Troy Haines
Coach Haines has an extensive and versatile coaching career, including the men's and women's LJ, TJ and HJ at Orange Coast College from 1989 to 1994. Coach Haines was the head track coach at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 1995, the jumps coach for boys and girls at Garden Grove High School from 1997 to 2012. He has been the boys and girl’s jumps coach at Irvine HS from 2014 and PV coach from 2016 and is also there currently in addition to being on the Eagles staff. He coached sophomore football at Irvine in 1993, was head JV football coach at Calvary in '94 and varsity assistant coach in '95. He was an assistant varsity football coach at Garden Grove from '97 to '00 (dbs and wrs) and the OC in 2001. Coach Haines was assistant varsity football defensive backs and wide receiver coach at Norte Vista in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and is currently heading into his 3rd year at La Sierra HS as defensive backs and wide receiver coach and will be the DC this year.
|2018 SMCHS Track & Field Schedule|
|Saturday||Feb. 24||Eagle Invitational||SMCHS||10:00am|
|Trabuco Hills Dual|
|Friday||Mar. 9||South County Classic*||TBA||5:00pm|
|Thursday||Mar. 15||Mater Dei**||SMCHS||3:15pm|
|Saturday||Mar. 17||Trophy Invitational||Laguna Beach||8:00am|
|Thursday||Mar. 22||Servite**||Servite HS||3:15pm|
|Saturday||Mar. 24||Mt. Carmel||TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday||Mar. 28||St. John Bosco**||St. John Bosco||3:15pm|
|Bye (Easter Break Begins)|
|Fri/Sat||Apr. 6/7||Arcadia Invitational*||Arcadia HS||TBA|
|Thursday||Apr. 12||Jserra**||Jserra HS||3:15pm|
|Saturday||Apr. 14||Mt. SAC Relays||TBA||TBA|
|Thursday||Apr. 19||Orange Lutheran**||SMCHS||3:15pm|
|Saturday||Apr. 21||Orange County Championships||Mission Viejo||8:30am|
|Thursday||Apr. 26||League Prelims||SMCHS||2:00|
|Friday||May 4||League Finals||SMCHS||5:00pm|
|Saturday||May 12||C.I.F. Prelims||Estancia HS||11:00am|
|Saturday||May 19||C.I.F. Finals||Cerritos College||12:00pm|
|Sunday||May 20||Team Awards Picnic||SMCHS track||12:00pm|
|Friday||May 25||State Qualifying Meet ( Masters )||Cerritos College||5:00pm|
|Friday||June 1||State Meet - Qualifying||Buchanan||3:00pm|
|Saturday||June 2||State Meet - Finals||Buchanan||4:00pm|
|League Meet **|
Because we are limited in the amount of entries we are allowed, the Eagle Track & Field Program utilizes a set of set standards for consideration to participate in invitationals, away dual meets, and League Prelims. For our home dual meets, all athletes will participate in the events they sign up for, or are assigned to. See below for the standards as well as our team contract.
Esperanza | JSerra | Mater Dei | Newport Harbor | Notre Dame | Santa Margarita | St. John Bosco & St. Josephs
The 22nd Annual Eagle Invitational | Saturday February 24, 2018 10:00am
3/16" Pyramid Spikes Only. No athlete will be permitted to participate in their event until their spikes have been checked first. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Spikes will be for sale at the Clerk of the Course for $1 per shoe.
Surface: Installed in 2014 - Brand new BEYNON Synthetic BSS 1000 ML Full-Pour Blue Track Surface.
- 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100/110H & 300H: 3 entries per team per level for each of these events *note: Boys Frosh/Soph 110 hurdles will 36" (intermediate height)*
- 1600m: 5 entries per team per level.
- No 3200m - the 4x800 will be run instead.
- 4 x 100m Relay 1 entry per team per level.
- 4 x 400m Relay 1 entry per team per level
- A 1 minute time limit will be in effect for all field events.
- Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot Put & Discus: 5 entries per level
- LJ & TJ: Boys in the east pit, girls in the west pit. We will use an open pit but Varsity has priority on the runway.
- Pole Vault: 3 entries per team, per gender, per level
- High Jump Opening heights or a higher agreed upon height: G Var 4'06" | B Var 5'06" | G JV 4'02" | B JV & F/S 5'02"
- Pole Vault 3 entries per level; Opening heights or a higher agreed upon height: G Var 7'00" | B Var 10'00" | G JV 6'06" | B JV 9'00" | B F/S 8'00"