Bantams Head Coach

Kristin Daw

Welcome to Bantams 2019

February 4, 2019

Hello Bantam families!

Thank you for attending the parent meeting tonight. Your Bantam coaching staff is really looking forward to our first practice this week.

I wanted to recap the most important information that we covered:

Coaching staff:

Kristin Daw – Head Bantams coach

Jose Betancourt – Assistant Coach

Patrick Brown – Assistant Coach

Jason Daw – Assistant Coach

Lupe Davalos – Assistant Coach

Molly Brennan Dufau – Assistant Coach

Sean Feeney – Assistant Coach

Brian Guevara – Assistant Coach

Leah Kahler – Assistant Coach

Victoria Kightlinger – Assistant Coach

Danny Vasquez – Assistant Coach

Goals for the season:

  1. Safety
  2. Fun and an appreciation for the benefits of sports and exercise
  3. Good Sportsmanship
  4. Developing your athlete’s abilities and helping them to achieve their goals

Questions and information:

The most efficient way to communicate with me is through email on the website. I am also available for questions after practice. I will email on a regular basis, especially once the meets begin in March. You can text me as well, but I am a teacher and am therefore slow to respond during the school day.


Bantams will have team practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 at the Buena High School track.

Parents are welcomed to stay and watch, but only athletes and coaches are allowed on the field. There are no sign in and sign outs this year, but at the end of practice, we will keep our Bantams on the field until they get a visual on their ride home. Please be on time for pickup; a coach must stay with your athlete until you arrive. Athletes will work with specialty coaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Preparation for practice:

Please have your athlete dressed and ready to go. Our athletes LOVE their Tigres gear, which means many of them have the same water bottles, bags, and sweatshirts. PLEASE label everything!! If they need a snack before practice, please have it be something easy to digest. They are only allowed water in their water bottles on the track.


We understand that other sports, illness, and injury may conflict with practice. You do not need to email me if your athlete will not attend practice, but I would appreciate knowing if they are injured as well as if they are not going to attend a meet.


Bantams will have the option to participate in the following events:

Field – Long Jump, High Jump, and Shot Put  

Relay – 4X100 and the 4X400

Distance – 800 and 1600

Sprints – 100, 200, and 400

Athletes can participate in 4 events at each meet with a maximum of 3 running events. The 4X100 counts toward their running event total, but the 4X400 is free 🙂

Some athletes will already know what events they are interested in, while others are still deciding. We are going to encourage them to try everything until they decide which events they like the most. Event sign ups will be on Mondays and Wednesdays by my bag on the field.

Setting up the relay teams for the 4X100 and the 4X400 takes time. Once your athlete selects the relay, they are making a commitment to three other athletes on the team. Relay teams will be created based upon times and attendance. There may be times that I cannot build a full relay team due to numbers, but I will do my best to make certain it is a fair process.

I will send out more information regarding meets as the dates come closer, but for your future planning, the meet schedule on the website is accurate and meets typically go from 8:00 – 3:00ish.

We look forward to greeting former and new athletes on Wednesday!!

See you soon,

Kristin Daw 

Bantams – Ribbons, Team Picture and Gifts

Hello Parents –

If you missed Sunday’s picnic, I have a picture, remaining ribbons, and a gift for your athlete.  I will be at the track Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 if you want to drop by then; otherwise, please contact me and we can arrange a pick up time.

Thank you for a great year!

Coach Kevin (; 797-5774)

Bantams – CCC Meet – please read!

Hello Parents –

I am happy to say that it appears that the majority of our athletes will be moving on to the co conference championship meet this weekend at Buena.  We are waiting for the official results, and won’t know with any certainty until the results for both conferences’ meets are finalized, and potential drops are figured out.  So, if your athlete competed in an event this weekend, please continue to come to practice this week.  Practice will be the same days; we will end around 5:45PM.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.  (805-797-5774,

Coach Kevin

Bantams – Picnic Reminder

Hello Parents!

Just a friendly reminder about today’s End of Season Picnic at the Ventura Unified School District Service Center.  Please see the site-wide post for further information and directions.  Bantams have been tasked with bringing desserts; pizza will be provided.  Time is from noon to 3:00PM.  After we eat, Bantams will gather together and share a few words, pass out pictures, remaining ribbons, and a pretty cool gift for the athletes!

Hope to see all of you there today!


Bantams – Championship Meet

Hello Parents –

Tomorrow’s Championship meet at Moorpark High will begin at 8:30.  The order of events is the same as previous meets, starting with the 3200’s for running events, and Bantam Girls High Jump for field events. This meet should move smooth and rather quickly since there will be only one heat for each event.  There are no stickers since the event is pre-seeded.  No coaches are allowed on the infield, so athletes must get themselves warmed up and into staging on their own, so it is important to listen to the event calls.  If your athlete is running the 4×100 relay, or is an alternate for the 4×100, please make sure they are there by 8:30.

Looking forward to a great day tomorrow!

As always, call/text me with any questions, especially on meet day (797-5774)

Coach Kevin

Bantams – Championship Qualifiers

Please help me in congratulating the following athletes that qualified for this upcoming weekend’s VCYTC Championships Meet at Moorpark High School:

Melanie True: 400, 800, 1600, 4×400

Melina Duffy: 400, High Jump, 4×100, 4×400

Sela Duque: 400, 4×100, 4×400

Aelo Curtis: 800, 1600

Emerson McMeekin: 800

Hazel Richard: 1600, 4×100

Bennett Rodman: High Jump, Long Jump

Olivia Barajas: Long Jump, 4×100, 4×400

Sayani Leblanc: Long Jump

Julian Fuentes: 100, 200, 400, Long Jump, 4×100, 4×400

Henry Oesterle: 400, 4×400

Camden Taylor: 800, 1600

Aidan McMeekin: 800, 1600,

Ian Grostick: Shot Put, 4×400

Austin Murillo: Shot Put

Rowan Holt: High Jump, 4×100

Eli Torres: 4×400

Andre Anselmo: 4×100

Neils Mitchell: 4×100

Congratulations athletes! Well done! Practice will continue for these athletes.

See you tomorrow!


Bantams – Meet Recap & Picnic

Hello Parents –

Thank you to all the athletes and parents that came our for our League Finals Meet this past Saturday at Oxnard High School.  Another great day of competition where our athletes finished strong once again!

For most athletes, this was their last meet of the year.  However, we will be having our end of the year picnic on Sunday, May 6th, at the Ventura Unified School District Service Center.  This is a great time to spend an afternoon together, have some food, meet as a team and pass out team gifts, as well as any remaining ribbons.  Please see the post on the main page of the website for times, directions, and what to bring.  Bantams are responsible for desserts (enough for a dozen people).  We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

For those athletes moving on to the Championships, practice will continue this week at the same times.  Athletes will have an opportunity to work on specialty events during Mondays & Wednesdays practices, and on Thursday.  There will be no specialty practices Tuesday or Friday.  Please see my next post showing those that qualified for the Championship Meet.

Thank you all again!  Looking forward to the next couple of weeks, and next weekend’s picnic!

Coach Kevin

Bantams – Wednesday Practice

Hello Parents –

Just a reminder that tomorrow’s practice will be at Arroyo Verde Park at 4:30.  We’ll be playing some games and firing up the grill for some food towards the end.  Your athlete may get a little bit wet, so be sure to pack some warmer clothes.  This will be the last practice for most of the team so we’re gonna make the most of it!

Coach Kevin

Bantams – Upcoming Week – Please Read!

Hello Parents!

I hope you all enjoyed our evening meet this past weekend!  Thank you all for coming out, supporting your athletes, staying late, and doing your volunteer duties – without that, our meets would not happen.

I will have signups at practice today and Wednesday for this weekend’s League Finals at Oxnard High School.  This meet is open to all athletes, with the general exception of those that have qualified for the League Championships on May 5th.  Please refer to the previous post which explained the differences between the upcoming meets.  It can be confusing, so please contact me with any questions.

Once all the weekend’s results are finalized, I will be notifying those athletes that qualified to compete in the League Championships.  I will also be contacting other athletes that may not necessarily have qualified for individual events, but that we would like to compete in relay events for the League Championships, and hopefully the CCC meet.

This will be the last week of practice for most of the athletes – practice will continue for those that qualified for the League Championships.  We will be having a ‘fun’ practice on Wednesday at Arroyo Verde Park – same time – so please note the change.  I’ll put a reminder out Wednesday reminding everyone of the change.

See you this afternoon!

Coach Kevin (805-797-5774,

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