Midgets Head Coach

Carol Leandro

Midgets- VCYTC Championship Qualifiers

The following athletes will represent our Midget team in individual events at VCVTC Championships in Moorpark on May 5th. Congratulations!

Bailey Burnam – 3200
Brody Daw – 3200, 1600, 800
Josilyn Thomas Hurdles, 400, 100, 200, long jump, shot put
Lily Jones – 3200, 1600
Lovi Jones- Hurdles, 100, 200
Maddie Kasztelan – 3200
Mekalea Villa- hurdles, long jump
Olivia Mobley- hurdles, shot put
Peyton Mendez – hurdles, high jump
Sadie Engelhardt- 1600, 800
Sierah Villa- hurdles
Taylor Murphy- 100
Taylor King- 400

Braden Herrera- 3200, 1600, 800
Brandon Guevara- 3200, 1600, 800
Chance Leandro- 3200, 1600, 800
Diego Rodriguez- 3200, 1600, 800
Henry Cooper- high jump
Henry Fulk- 3200
Justin De Leon- hurdles, long jump, high jump
Luke Ortiz- high jump
Merric Bayless- hurdles, 100, 200, long jump
Oliver DeLeon- long jump
Owen Benedik- hurdles
Ty Brown- hurdles
Zac Crist- hurdles, 400

Relay information to follow in separate email

GOOOOO Midgets

Midgets- Parent help needed

HI Parents,

We still need help to fill up and bring water balloons for Wednesday. Please email or text if you can help. The more balloons we have, the more fun for the kids.


Midgets- Practice this week and Meet Recap. Please Read

Parents and athletes,

I hope you all had a great night’s sleep after that exciting and a bit exhausting meet. A huge thank you to all athletes, parents, and coaches that waited until the very end to watch 9 teams of Midgets run the 4×400 under the lights! It was a great finish to the day and I am always impressed and inspired by the effort the athletes put into their relays to support their team when they are nearly tapped out.

This week is the start of our Finals/Championships portion of our season. For our athletes that have not qualified for Championships, this will be their last week of practice:(

Monday’s practice will be normal team practice.

Wednesday will be our “fun” practice and I hope all of your athletes can attend. Normal time and place with a slightly different flare.
And……..We need your help.
We need 6 (or more) parents to bring ~100 (or more) filled water balloons to practice. You can bring them in coolers and deposit them on the grassy strip on the visitor’s side of the track.
Please email midgets@venturatigres.org or text 8053206544 if you can help.

Also, expect your kids to be a little wet at pick up:) Oh and maybe a little sugared up too:)

Enjoy your Sunday.

Midgets- Missing Meet sign ups and Saturday’s meet

We had a great Warrior Wednesday and Picture Day today. That you for helping your athlete get to practice on time with their uniforms.

This Saturday we have our last regular season meet at Buena where Tigres will host the Camarillo Cosmos. It will be a great meet and athletes should get to run under the lights for the last portion of the meet. They love that!

Meet start time 3:00pm. Arrive at 2:30

We are missing meet sign ups for the following athletes:
Sierra E

If your athlete plans to run a relay, we need sign ups by tomorrow (Thursday ) night.

Thank you all!

Goooooo Midgets!

Midgets- Correction to Meet Start Time, Picture Day, CIMI athletes

Please note- this Saturday’s meet at Buena will start at 3:00PM not 2:00 as stated in the last email.  Arrival time 2:30

Picture Day is Wednesday April 18th (tomorrow) – please have your athlete wear/bring their uniform.

CIMI athletes unable to come tomorrow, please bring/wear your uniform on Monday and the amazing Erin Sap will do his best to take your picture and photoshop you into the team photo.

Thank you!


Gooooo Midgets!

Midgets – This week, next week, and Finals/Championships season- PLEASE READ TO THE END

Hi Parents and athletes,

Saturday was another great meet for these awesome Midget athletes.  Thank you to all who were able to stay to the end and watch the Midgets take over the track with 9 4×400 teams!

This Wednesday, April 18th is picture day.  Please have your athlete arrive at practice on time and with their Tigres uniform.  If they choose to wear a shirt under their uniform, please make sure it is black.

This Saturday is our last “dual” meet before we enter the Finals/Championships part of the season
Saturday’s meet will be a home meet against the Camarillo Cosmos and meet start time is 3PM.  Arrival time 2:30 PM.
Saturday’s meet is the last meet for your athlete to try a new event.

Next Wednesday, April 25th, will be our “Fun” practice day.  But, wait, all our practices are fun!  This will be “extra” fun, so please plan your schedule so that your athlete can attend.  More on this later, as I will be asking for parental support (hint, hint-  H2O balloons)

After Saturday’s meet against Camarillo, we will be entering the Championship part of the season. There will be three remaining meets in which athletes could possibly compete. Each of these meets has different qualification criteria and rules which we have outlined below. The Conference Finals (April 28th) will be the last meet for many of our athletes (all athletes can participate in this meet). For athletes who do not qualify to participate in the Conference Championship meet (May 5th), they will no longer attend practices after the Conference Finals (April 28th) meet and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Tigres end of season picnic (details to come). So, below is a description of the final three meets of the Tigres season, including who is eligible to compete.

Conference Finals (formally known as JV)

Who: No qualification required to participate
Where: Oxnard High School
When: April 28th @ 8:30 am
What events:

To participate in an event at the Conference Finals meet, an athlete must fulfill both of the following requirements:
Have participated in that event in at least one of our team’s regular dual meets or the So cal Invitational
Exception, an athlete may compete in a relay at the Finals meet even if they have not competed in a relay during our regular season.
Must NOT HAVE qualified for the Conference Championships meet for that particular event.
Event limits: An athlete can compete in 4 events (maximum of 3 running ) at the Finals meet, the 4×400 is a free event and does not count towards the 4 event limit (same as dual meet rules).

Conference Championships Meet (formally known as VARSITY)

Who: An athlete must qualify for the Conference Championships Meet (qualifying rules below)
Where: Moorpark High School
When: May 6th @ 8:30 am

What events:
To qualify for an individual event, the athlete must be ranked in the top 9 for laned and field events and the top 12 for non -laned events (800, 1600, 3200) in the VCYTC(see below on instructions to view athletes’ standings) by the end of the regular dual meet schedule.
If there is a tie for 9th/12th place in running events, that athlete with the next best time in that event will quality over the other athlete. If their is not a next best time for both athletes, then both athletes will qualify. All 9th place ties in the field events qualify for the Championships meet.
An athlete may choose to participate in as many events as they are qualified for in the Championships meet
An athlete can not qualify for the Championships from the Conference Finals meet.
An athlete can not compete in an event in the Championships meet if they competed in that event in the Conference Finals meet.
A relay team member need not have run a relay or competed with the other members of their relay team prior to the Championships meet.
Event limits: An athlete may compete in any event where they have a qualifying mark without limit.

To view athletes ranking in the VCYTC:
1)Go to: athletic.net
2)Search for Ventura Tigres.
3)From our teams home page, click on the tab “Custom Lists” and scroll down and select VCYTC
4)Click on the arrow next to Top 10 and choose how many places out you want to see
5)Click on “filter by grade” and click on the correct age grouping – Gremlins are 7-8, Bantams are 9-10, Midgets are 10-11, Youth are 12-13 and Intermediate are 14-15
6)click “apply filter”

Co-Conference Championships Meet (sometimes known as SUPER VARSITY)

Who: An athlete must qualify for the Co-Conference Championships Meet (qualifying rules below)
Where: Buena High School
When: May 13th @ 8:30 am

What events:
Athletes who place in the top 4 at the Conference Championship Meet in any laned event or field event or place in the top 8 in distance events (800, 1600 and 3200).
Athletes who take 5th place in the Conference Championship meet, where their mark is better than the 5th place mark in the SCYTFC Varsity meet.
Relay teams who place in the top 4 when combining times in both the Conference Championship meet and Conference Finals meet.
Relay teams who take 5th place when combining both the Conference Championship meet and Conference Finals meet, when their time is faster than the 5th place time in the SCYTFC Varsity Finals meet.
A relay team member need not have run a relay or competed with the other members of their relay team prior to the Co-Conference Championship meet.
Event Limits: An athlete in the Gremlin through Youth can participate in 3 individual events plus 1 relay, or 2 individual events plus 2 relay events. Intermediate may participate in a maximum of any four events. The 4 x 400 is NOT a free event for the Co-Conference Championship.

Clear as mud, right:)

Please email with questions to midgets@venturatigres.org



Midgets- Thursday Specialty Practice Cancelled. Missing meet sign ups


Hi parents and athletes,

Please note Thursday’s specialty practice is cancelled tomorrow due to a high school track meet at Buena.

This Saturday we will host the Ojai Roadrunners at Buena
Meet time 8:30 a.m.
Arrive by 8:00 a.m. to get stickers and warm up for relays
3200 runners arrive closer to 7:45 to allow for ample warm up time

I have challenged all our athletes to come out and run the 4×400 at this meet in the hopes of bringing at least 7 full teams to the starting line.  I extend this challenge to you and ask you to stay to the end of the meet and encourage your athletes to run.

I am missing meet sign ups for the following athletes:

Ethan S

Please email midgets@venturatigres.org or text 805-320-6544

Thank you!

Gooooo Midgets!

Midget Saturday Recap and Sunday Events

We had a great first day of competition at the So Cal Youth Invitational.

Many PR’s were set and even a Midget record broken!  We have athletes advancing to the finals in the hurdles and 100m and the following 4×100 teams will be advancing to the finals tomorrow:

Jaiden, Josilyn, Brody, Lovi
Henry F, Justin, Joaquin, Ethan S


Meet start time is 8:30 The schedule for tomorrow is as follows:

80/100M hurdles finals
4x100m Finals
100m Finals

There are 15-17 heats of the 1600 scheduled.  Each heat should run around 8- 10 minutes from start to finish.  That should give you an approximate idea of when the next event will begin.  Things could change and they may end up combining some heats, so please do not cut it too close on time.  Leave time for parking and warm up.  Remember water and sunscreen.  It was hot and sunny out there today.

Looking forward to another fun day of competition!

Gooooo Midgets!



Training Plan

2018 Tigres Midget Training Plan  (doc)



Coach Jay Johnson

Coach of NCAA Track Team

The 400 meter master – Clyde Hart

Why Run High School Track?



Sprint Drills

Aerobic Warm Up

Sprint Warm Up

Single Leg Squat Clock


Great hip strength/stability exercise

Injury Management

Managing Tendinopathies