Head Coaches:
Matt & Joy Hammel


U15 – First full week of practice down!

This group of kids is amazing!  We had our first full week (other than Thursday’s specialty practice) with a Warrior Wednesday workout and a couple of specialty days to try some things out.  A few reminders:

  • There is practice next week Monday (Presidents day)
  • Athletes may be a bit sore.  That’s OK and it will get better.  Much of what we are doing is new to many of the athletes and it will take some adjusting.
  • Please remember to bring warm clothes and label everything brought to practice!
  • Encourage your athletes to try new events and branch out.  You never know what they will end up enjoying and where they will have success.
  • Please also remember to have athletes turn completed goal sheets.
  • There is no practice on Saturday or Sunday, but until meets start, it would be great to get in a bit of running.  Sprinters – 10 minutes of easy running and 4×100 meter strides.  Distance runners – try to run 30-40 minutes.

See everyone at practice next week!  As always, if you have any questions, please email or call/text 650-678-3681

U15 – Practice next week

What a first day of practice we had on Wednesday!  It is such a great group of kids – the season is going to be fun!

For next week, we’ll be having a full slate of practices, with the U15 team practices on Monday and Wednesday and a full schedule of specialty practices according to the practice schedule found here:

Also, please remember the homework we assigned at practice on Wednesday.  On the U15/Youth/Intermediate team website, you can find the training plan along with the 2020 goal sheets.  Please look over the training plan and bring a filled out goal sheet to turn in at practice.

As you’ll see on the training plan, until meets start, we recommend getting in some easy running over the weekend.  If you have basketball games, soccer matches, etc, that will work as well.

  • Distance runners – 30 minutes or up to 4 miles at an EASY pace.
  • Sprinters – 10 minutes of easy running, plus 4 x 100 meter strides.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call/text 650-678-3681

See everyone next week!!!

15U (Youth/Intermediate) – First Day of Practice tomorrow (Wednesday) 4:30 @ Buena Track

We can’t wait to see the returning Tigres and meet the new members of the 15U team tomorrow at our first practice!!!  Practice will start at 4:30 and we will be meeting at the Buena Track.  A few things for tomorrow’s practice:

  • It is going to be VERY cold tomorrow as the sun starts to set.  Also, we will be doing more talking tomorrow than normal, so athletes will be doing a fair amount of sitting.  PLEASE DRESS WARMLY!
  • Please have athletes wear comfortable athletic clothes and running shoes.
  • Please also remember to label everything that will be brought to practice (back packs, water bottles, sweats, etc)
  • Tomorrow’s practice will likely end a bit early, so please consider coming 15 minutes or so early for pick up.
  • We will be communicating fairly regularly, so be sure to sign up through the Tigres website with whatever emails and phone numbers you would like to receive your info (as well as following us on Twitter and Facebook).  However, we also are going to be giving the athletes quite a bit of info directly, so be sure to ask them what we cover at practices.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call/text 650-678-3681.

It’s going to be a great season!!!


It was great to see so many of you at the Tigres End of Season Picnic!  What a great way to cap off the season.  For those moving on to High School, we are excited to watch your career regardless of which school you will attend in the Fall.  Those coaches are going to be thrilled with the great attitudes and personalities they will be adding to their teams.

In 9 short months, hopefully we’ll see the rest of you for the 2020 season!

If you were unable to attend the picnic, you can pick up your athlete gift and packet (ribbons, medal, team picture and goal sheet) at Buena’s track on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00.

If you have any questions, please email or call/text 650-678-3681.


YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Tigres Picnic on Sunday!!!

After our Co Conference qualifiers compete on Saturday, there is one last event to draw the 2019 season to a close.  The Tigers picnic will be on Sunday from 12-3 at the VUSD service center located at 255 W Stanley Ave.

The Y/I team is responsible for bringing side dishes to serve 12.  We’ll have some lunch and socialize, have some announcements, then break into age groups to give out some packets (ribbons, medals, goal sheets and a gift).  We’ll also be watching our team movie.

As a bit of a teaser, here is the trailer:

Looking forward to seeing ALL of the Youth and Intermediate team on Sunday to celebrate an amazing season!!!

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Conference Championships and Moving on to Co Conference Championships

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Tigres’ mothers out there!

Those who attended the Conference Championships in Moorpark yesterday, saw some special performances by our Youth and Intermediate teams.  We had 8 events where a Y/I Tigre won and even had a meet record in the girl’s youth 1600!  There were some massive PR’s and courageous finishes.  It was a day to remember for all of us coaches.

Congratulations to all of our Tigres that are moving on the the Co Conference Championship meet, this coming Saturday at Moorpark High School!  We have a huge number competing, not only qualifying from the meet yesterday, but from the Leagues Finals two weeks ago, where FOUR of our relay teams have qualified.  Please see the list below for the those who have secured their spot next week.  There are also some athletes who are on the bubble, depending on some tie breaker criteria and some possible drops that may move our athletes into a qualifying spot.  We should know by Tuesday evening if those athletes will be competing on Saturday.  We are looking forward to seeing both lists below at practice on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week!  Please email or call/text 650-678-3681 if you have any questions.

Qualifiers for the Co Conference Championship

Madi Kasztelan – 3200

Henry Hammel – 3200, 4×400

Diego Rodriguez – 3200

Braden Herrera – 3200

Daniel Ortiz – 3200, High Jump

David Reyes – 3200, 4×400

Lily Shadden – Hurdles, 4×400, High Jump

Donnea Prehn – Hurdles, 4×100, 100, 4×400

Owen Benedik – Hurdles

Savannah Sprinkle – 4×100

Ryan Mendez – 4×100, 4×400, High Jump

Lovi Jones – 4×100, 100

Sadie Engelhardt – 1600, 4×400

Chelsea Ochoa – 1600, 800, 4×400

Sofia Stepan – 1600, 4×400

Violet Hurguy – 1600, 4×400

Michael Torres – 1600, 800, 4×400

Grant Baysinger – 1600, 800, 4×400

Jailyn Batis – 4×400, 4×100

Merric Bayless – 4×400, 4×100

Mekaela Villa – 4×100

Brigit Fitzgerald – 4×100

Alyx Perez – 4×100, 4×400

Justin De Leon – 4×400, 4×100

Gavin Calderon – 4×400

Ryan Maquinalez – 4×400, 4×100

Amelia Mcleod – 4×400

Taylor Leslie – 4×400

Jaiden Espinoza – 4×400, 4×100

Taylor King – 4×400

Jacob Jeffries – 4×100, 4×400, 200

Ethan Scalfaro – 4×100, 4×400

Ava Okun – 4×100, 800, 4×400

Bennett Torgerson – 1600, 800, 4×400

Braden Elliott – 4×400

Zac Crist – 4×400

Elsa Safranski – 4×100, 4×400

Athletes on the bubble for the Co Conference Championships (will know by Tuesday evening)

Ava Okun – Long Jump

Mekaela Villa – Hurdles

Savannah Sprinkle – Hurdles

Sofia Stepan – 800

Diego Rodriguez – 800

Ryan Mendez – 200

Lovi Jones – 200

Justin De Leon – Long Jump

Violet Hurguy – High Jump

Warren Turville – High Jump


YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Conference Finals and Practice Schedule This Week

What a great way to end the season for many of our athletes!  We finally got some warm weather for the sprinters and saw some amazing performances across the board.  Although we are sad to say good bye to many of our athletes, we look forward to celebrating the season at the Tigers end of season picnic on Sunday, May 19th.  More info will be coming out regarding this event, so please keep your eyes out and be sure to save the date on your calendars.

Congratulations again to those moving on to the Conference Championships.  Please see the post here for the list of athletes that qualified:

For those athletes, we will be practicing on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the normal time.  There will NOT be practices on Tuesday and Friday.  We will be having our running workout, followed by an opportunity to work on whatever specialty event athletes have qualified in.  We also be working on fine tuning our relay handoffs, so please be sure to attend whatever practices possible.

On the subject of relays, in addition to the individual qualifiers, if you were asked to be on a relay team for the Conference Championships or if you were on any of the girl’s 4×400 teams that competed at the Conference Finals, we would like you to attend practices as regular this week.

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Conference Finals and Conference Championship Relay Teams (PLEASE READ)

As we’ve mentioned before, a goal of ours is to send as many athletes as possible to the Co-Conference Championships on May 18th.  You can qualify for that meet from both the Conference Finals on May 4th and the Conference Championships on May 11th.  However, it is critical that we get confirmations of those that can attend and participate in the relays that are contenders for those spots at the Co-Conference Championships and that we are notified if candidates for those teams can NOT attend.  In the list below, you will see the athletes we have asked or would like to be on one of those contending teams.  The first list is the relay teams for the Conference Finals on May 4th and the second list is for the Conference Championship on May 11th.  Please let us know if you athlete is listed for a relay on a date they can NOT attend.  Email or call/text 650-678-3681.  If an athlete is not listed below, but will be competing on May 4th, they may still sign up for a relay team as usual.

Relay Candidates for the Conference Finals (May 4th)

Bennet Torgerson (4×400)

Gavin Calderon (4×400)

David Reyes (4×400)

Daniel Ortiz (4×400)

Justin DeLeon (4×400 alternate)

Nathan Buehner (4×400 Alternate)

Soren Saye (4×400 Alternate)

Cailyn Mobley (4×100, 4×400)

Brigit Fitzgerald (4×100, 4×400 Alternate)

Amelia Mcleod (4×100)

Elsa Safranski (4×100, 4×400)

Mekaela Villa (4×100, 4×400)

Sierra Engel (4×100)

Celeste Briscoe (4×100)

Alyx Perez (4×100, 4×400)

Esja Moore (4×100 Alternate, 4×400)

Taylor Leslie (4×100 Alternate, 4×400)

Juliette Nasarenko (4×100 Alternate)

Taylor King (4×400)

Sofia Stepan (4×400)

Violet Hurguy (4×400)

Savannah Sprinkle (4×400)

Jaiden Espinoza (4×400)

Rayanne Reyes (4×400)

Natalie Hoff (4×400 Alternate)

Relay Candidates for Conference Championships (May 11th)

Lovi Jones (4×100)

Donnea Prehn (4×100, 4×400)

Ryan Mendez (4×100, 4×400)

Savannah Sprinkle (4×100)

Ava Okun (4×100, 4×400)

Jaiden Espinoza (4×100)

Ryan Maquinalez (4×100, 4×400)

Jailyn Batis (4×100, 4×400)

Lily Shadden (4×400)

Sadie Engelhardt (4×400)

Chelsea Ochoa (4×400)

Jacob Jeffries (4×100, 4×400)

Merric Bayless (4×100, 4×400)

Michael Torres (4×400)

Grant Baysinger (4×400)

Henry Hammel (4×400)

Ethan Scalfaro (4×100, 4×400)

Braeden Elliot (4×100, 4×400)

Zac Crist (4×400)

Justin DeLeon (4×100)

Jo Thomas (4×100)

Gavin Calderon (4×100)

Oliver Deleon (4×100)