Girls Track & Field
Mallory Barnes, Lauren Drysch, Nikki Merritt, Tessa Green
Taylor Gather, Lauren Drysch, Nikki Merritt, Kaitlyn Merritt
Mallory Barnes, Erin Gerardo, Nikki Merritt, Lauren Drysch
Taylor Carroll, Morgan Harris, Kathleen Linzmeier, Kate Hirschboeck
Kat Delaney, Karina Galvin, Bridget O'Keefe, Jessica Mumaugh
Meghan Mainwaring, Michelle Hull, Emily Kalmbach, Lori Mann
Erin Gerardo, Elizabeth Weeks, Kaylin Martin, Nikki Merritt
Michelle McSkane, Kassidy Gorman,
Brooke Atkinson, Stephanie De Almeida, Erin Crawford, Daniella Martinez
Alex Lansing, Mallory Barnes, Nikki Merritt, Tessa Green
Michelle McSkane, Ariana Bruno,
Anastasia Gillen, Nicole Manago
Bailey Turk, Sarah Porter, Kaitlin Propeck, Alex Gilbert
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Hurdles – Coach 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. email@example.com
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.
|2018 SMCHS Track & Field Schedule|
|Sat.||24-Feb||Eagle Invitational||SMCHS||10 a.m.|
|Wed.||28-Feb||Trabuco Dual Meet||Trabuco Hills||3:15|
|Friday||9-Mar||South County Classic (Varsity)*||Trabuco Hills||5:00|
|Sat.||10-Mar||Irvine Invitational (lower levels)||Irvine||8:00|
|Saturday||24-Mar||Mt. Carmel||Mt. Carmel||8:00|
|Easter Break - Practice Week|
|Fri/Sat||4/ 6-7||Arcadia Invitational *||Arcadia||TBA|
|Thurs.||12-Apr||J. Serra**||J. Serra||3:15|
|Sat||14-Apr||Orange County Championships||M. Viejo||8:00|
|Sat||12-May||CIF Prelims *||Estancia H.S.||11:00|
|Sat||19-May||CIF Finals *||Cerritos C.||12:00|
|Fri||25-May||Masters Meet *||Cerritos C.||5:00|
|Fri/Sat||6/1-2||State Meet *||Buchanan||TBA|
|Friday||June 1||State Meet - Qualifying*||Buchanan HS||3:00|
|Saturday||June 2||State Meet - Finals*||Buchanan HS||4:00|
|League Meet **|
- Arcadia Invite 2012 photos April 6-7th. 2012
- Eagle Invite 2012 photos March 3rd, 2012
- El Toro Meet 2012 photos March 8th, 2012
- Fresno 2012 photos March 30th, 2012
- JSerra 2012 photos March 29th, 2012
- Mater Dei 2012 photos March 15th, 2012
- Mater Dei 2012 photos-Preseason March 9th, 2012
- OC Championships 2012 photos April 21, 2012
- Ocean View Invite 2012 photos April 14th, 2012
- Orange Lutheran 2012 photos March 22nd, 2012
- Rosary 2012 photos April 19th, 2012
- Trinity League Finals photos-2012 May 4th, 2012
- Trinity League Prelims photos-2012 April 26th, 2012
SMCHS 2018 Upcoming Girls Track Season Information
Tryouts are complete for those not in winter sports. There will be one more make up day for any of the events missed because of illness on Monday January 22nd. The season official start date is moved back to Monday January 29th for all newcomers who tried out. Information will be sent out on Monday January 22nd.
Parent meeting is set for January 31st in the science lecture hall at 6 pm.
1)Make sure you are cleared through the athletic registration website. You have to upload your physical, head injury, cardiac and heat forms and sign by you and your parents. Do not bring physicals to me, all should be done on line. http://www.smhs.org/athletics/sports-medicine
2)Tryouts are to place people in events. If you try out for a certain event and you don’t make the time or distance, you can always choose to run the 800 which is middle distance or you can also tryout for shot and discus.
January 8th and 10th: Sprints (100 – 200) Monday and
from 2:30 to 3:45 pm.
January 9 and 11th from 2:30 to 3:45. Long Jump and High Jump on Tuesday and Thursday
January 15 and 17th : 400 and 800 tryout.
January 16th : 800 and mile and high Jump.
January 17th Last long jump tryout.
All shot and discus throwers will meet with Coach Walrath on January 8th.
4) All vaulters should have been working with Coach Rowell and will be instructed what to do with Coach Zeitler.
OFFICIAL FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IS January 22nd
High Jump tutorial sessions: Thursday December 7th, Tuesday December 12th and Thursday December 14th from 2:20 to 4:00.
Long/Triple Jump Tutorial Sessions: December 6th, 11th and 13th from 2:25 to 3:45 pm.
Cost of Track Fees: $950. You will be billed the first week of Track. Request for 2 or 3 installment payment must go through athletic secretary. We will send information on that.
Gear Order: Last year gear can be purchased and used for practice uniform. I have many shorts and shirts available. Clearance sale will be on Thursday December 14th beginning at 2:20 just outside the R building on the storage doors side.
Practice Nike Gear: We will have a store on the website for practice gear. I will let everyone know when that is set up.
Uniforms: All JV runners will wear the same uniform. Newcomers will be issued a uniform. New Varsity uniforms will be issued and MUST be returned at the end of the season.
Schedule of Meets : The meet schedule should be up soon. Please look over the dates and do not plan anything on league meet games. The top 3-4 athletes in each event will usually do the invitationals as well. All varsity athletes should make sure the league prelims, league finals, OC champs and all CIF meets are races you do not miss.