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Records

Varsity

Event

Time

Year

Record Holders

400M Relay

46.28

'17

Mallory Barnes, Lauren Drysch, Nikki Merritt, Tessa Green

800M Relay

1:41.99

'15

Taylor Gather, Lauren Drysch, Nikki Merritt, Kaitlyn Merritt

1600 Relay

3:47.82

'16

Mallory Barnes, Erin Gerardo, Nikki Merritt, Lauren Drysch

3200M Relay

9:41.84

'04

Taylor Carroll, Morgan Harris, Kathleen Linzmeier, Kate Hirschboeck

6400M Relay

21:31.19

'08

Kat Delaney, Karina Galvin, Bridget O'Keefe, Jessica Mumaugh

Distance Medley

12:14.17

'01

Meghan Mainwaring, Michelle Hull, Emily Kalmbach, Lori Mann

100M

12.18

'17

Nikki Merritt

200M

24.54

'16

Lauren Drysch

400M

55.90

'17

Lauren Drysch

800M

2:13.31

'17

Gwynn George

1600M

4:52.66

'08

Katherine Delaney

3200M

10:45.10

'01

Lori Mann

100M Hurdles

14.31

'17

Nikki Merritt

300M Hurdles

43.41

'99

Amanda Shanklin

Shot Put

37' 10"

'98

Brooke Fitzgerald

Discus

120' 11"

'05

Lauren Robertson

High Jump

5' 8.5"

'05

Lauren Collins

Long Jump

18'03"

'17

Elizabeth Weeks

Triple Jump

38'11"

'17

Elizabeth Weeks

Pole Vault

13' 8"

'13

Kaitlyn Merritt

Shuttle Hurdles

1:02.91

'17

Erin Gerardo, Elizabeth Weeks, Kaylin Martin, Nikki Merritt


Junior Varsity

Event

Time

Year

Record Holders

400M Relay

50.32

'11

Michelle McSkane, Kassidy Gorman,
Katelyn McSkane, Jenna DePillo

1600M Relay

4:09.30

'00

Brooke Atkinson, Stephanie De Almeida, Erin Crawford, Daniella Martinez

100M

12.81

'11

Kassidy Gorman

200M

26.67

'94

Brooke Smith

400M

60.59

'15

Stephanie Webb

800M

2:24.77

'17

Elizabeth Ramirez

1600M

5:23.14

'09

Monica Baker

3200M

11:42.59

'17

Tamara Hirschman

100LH

16.96

'13

Gabby Wikidal

300MH

48.82

'17

Jessica Elisalde-Rendon

Shot Put

31' 6.25"

'15

Nicole Blanchard

Discus

87' 5"

'98

Patty Paddon

High Jump

5'

'13

Courtney Roddy

Long Jump

16' 1"

'12

Marrin Tyler

Triple Jump

33' 5"

'13

Maggie Ghotbi

Pole Vault

10' 9"

'06

Rachel Tears


Frosh-soph

Event

Time

Year

Record Holders

400M Relay

50.59

'16

Alex Lansing, Mallory Barnes, Nikki Merritt, Tessa Green

800M Relay

1:48.70

'09

Michelle McSkane, Ariana Bruno,

Anastasia Gillen, Nicole Manago

1600M Relay

4:08.04

'10

Bailey Turk, Sarah Porter, Kaitlin Propeck, Alex Gilbert

100M

12.31

'04

Caitlin Atikinson

200M

25.25

'98

Meghan Atkinson

400M

57.52

'98

Meghan Atkinson

800M

2:14.55

'99

Sommer Owens

1600M

4:52.66

'08

Katherine Delaney

3200M

11:11.24

'98

Lori Mann

100M Hurdles

14.50

'03

Lauren Collins

300M Hurdles

44.69

'12

Caroline Hilley

Shot Put

33' 4"

'04

Lauren Robertson

Discus

97' 9.75"

'99

Patty Paddon

High Jump

5' 6.5"

'03

Lauren Collins

Long Jump

17' 4"

'97

Amanda Shanklin

Triple Jump

37' 9"

'97

Amanda Shanklin

Pole Vault

13' 3"

'12

Kaitlyn Merritt

Coaches

Head Coach/Distance – Coach Gil Garcia has been coaching the distance runners at Santa Margarita for 20 years. Coach Garcia is also the head girls and boys cross country coach and was the head girls’ track and field coach from 1998 to 2000. He was an assistant track coach under Hayes Ferry from 2002 to 2012.Prior to coaching at SM, Coach Garcia spent 6 years coaching at his Alma Mater St. Paul High School. There he accumulated a 30- 6 dual meet record on the girls side and a 28- 8 dual meet record for the boys. During his 3 years as head coach at SM, the Eagles placed 3rd, 2nd and 1st at the orange county championships and won the 1999 CIF Division II championships. In 1999 the Eagles won the League title, the OC championships and the CIF title. Coach Garcia was named Coach of the Year by the LA times and Orange County Register in 1999. Coach Garcia has an extensive knowledge in each event having studied exercise physiology and kinesology at Cal State Long Beach and attending over 60 track and field clinics. He has coached CIF finalists in 14 events. Coach Garcia took over the head coach position for a second time in 2013. In his first year back, he coached the sprints where the 4 x 100 relay team tied the school record and the 4 x 400 team broke the school record in a time of 3:51 being the first girls relay team to advance to the State meet. For the 2015 season, Coach Garcia will continue his duties as head coach and is back to coaching the girls and boys distances. Coach Garcia is married to his wife Megan and together have three children: Julian, Charlotte and Sophia. Coach Garcia can be reached at garciag@smhs.org

Assistan Distance Coach: Coach Joseph Hoff: Bio coming soon.

Assistant Distance Coach: Brittany Adame: Coach Brittany Adame has been coaching the distance runners with Coach Garcia for 4 years. She also teaches Biology at SM. Coach Adame was a distance runner at SM from 2002-2006 running for both Coach Garcia and Coach Apodaca in both Track and Cross Country. Prior to coming to work at SM, she lived and worked in Flagstaff, AZ where she also coached. Coach Adame enjoys spending her free time with her dog Parker, and her family.

Sprints | Relays: Sean Zeitler: Coach Sean Zeitler is entering his third year as the girls’ sprint coach. He has been with the boys’ team in various capacities for the past 17 years. In 2007, Sean took over the responsibility of the Boys Head Sprint/Relay coach and is in his seventh year as Boys Head Coach. Sean competed on the SMCHS track team from 1998 – 2001, was a captain 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 (2000, 2001), and competed at the California State Meet on 2 occasions. Sean is currently working in the Athletics Department, serving as the Sports Information Director. Sean has his Bachelors degree in Communications and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration. In his first year as girls’ sprint coach (2015), the girls 4x400 team won a CIF Title, the first relay title for the girls’ program in school history. The next year (2016), the 4x400 team broke the school record with a time of 3:49.88 and advanced to the State Meet. That same year, the 4x100 team also broke the school record (46.99) and advanced to State Finals. Sean resides in Lake Forest with his wife Meghan and their two daughters, Morgan (3) and Emma (1).

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.

Asistant Jumps Coach: Michelle Turek: Bio Coming soon

HurdlesCoach Dave Zeitler has been coaching the hurdlers at Santa Margarita for over 25 years. Coach Zeitler has coached multiple Orange County and CIF Champion hurdlers over the years. Coach Zeitler has also guided the girls to an Orange County Championship in 1997 when he was the head girls’ track and field coach. His first 6 years were spent at Mater Dei HS and the past 25 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 his 48th year. Coach Zeitler graduated from Holy Family DHS in New York, SUNY Cortlandand earned his Masters degree from Azusa Pacific University. Coach Zeitler teaches in the science department at SM. Coach Zeitler is married to Colleen (34 years) and has 3 adult children and 5 grand-daughters. zeitlerd@smhs.org

Throws – Coach Preston Walrath: Bio coming

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.

Pole Vault – Coach Mandie Rowell has been coaching the pole vaulters for 4 years. Coach Rowell is a Santa Margarita alum and competed collegiately at the University of Utah. Coach Rowell has been building on Santa Margarita’s pole vault tradition which has produced two state finalists.

Alumnae

Schedule

2018 SMCHS Track & Field Schedule
Day Date Opponent Location Time
Saturday Feb. 24 Eagle Invitational SMCHS 10:00am
Wednesday Feb. 28 Trabuco Hills Dual Trabuco Hills 3:15pm
Friday Mar. 9 South County Classic* TBA 5:00pm
Thursday Mar. 15 Mater Dei** SMCHS 3:15pm
Saturday Mar. 17 Trophy Invitational Laguna Beach HS 8:00am
Thursday Mar. 22 Servite** Servite HS 3:15pm
Saturday Mar. 24 TBA (Mt. Carmel) TBA TBA
Wednesday Mar. 28 St. John Bosco** St. John Bosco HS 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 TBA (Mt. SAC Relays) TBA TBA
Thursday Apr. 19 Orange Lutheran** SMCHS 3:15pm
Saturday Apr. 21 Orange County Championships Mission Viejo HS 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 HS 3:00pm
Saturday June 2 State Meet - Finals Buchanan HS 4:00pm
Varsity Only*
League Meet **

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