Caroline is an active competitor in distances from the marathon to 100 miles. Voted #4 North American Ultrarunner of the Year (UROY) for 2016 by Ultrarunning Magazine, she ran the fastest women’s 50-mile trail time ever recorded by a North American resident at the Brazos Bend 50 miler in December, 2016, setting the overall course record in the process. Caroline was the 2016 USATF 50k Road National Champion and is the Masters American Record holder. She ran for Team USA at the 2016 50k Road World Championships.
Caroline participated in the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials, was 6th American at the 2016 Houston Marathon, and won the 2015 Santa Rosa Marathon. On the trail, Caroline holds numerous course records from 50k to 100k and was the 2015 Montrail Ultra Cup Champion.
A resident of Solvang, Caroline and her family moved to the Valley in 2015. She is a wine industry attorney, wife of parent-volunteer Robert Boller, and mother of two young boys, who must have inherited their father’s genes: they are sprinters.
You can follow Caroline on her blog at: UltraRunnerMama.com
At Kimball Union Academy, in New Hampshire, Robert was top five in New England his junior year in the 100, 200 and high jump. His senior season and collegiate scholarship were cut short in a bad accident on the track requiring months in a leg cast.
He now combines his love for the backcountry with distance running and is an avid trail/mountain runner. He ran his first trail marathon at age 50 and hopes to complete his first ultra-trail race this year.
A resident of Solvang, Robert has been a wine industry executive for over 25 years, is the husband of Coach Caroline Boller, and father of two young boys who are on the team. They can often be seen doing their homework at Hill Haven Provisions, a new gastropub they opened in Solvang this year.
Co-founder & Head Coach
Head-coach Chris Chirgwin began competing in track as a freshman in high school in Portland, Oregon. As a senior, he set the state record for 1A high schools in the discus, and took 5th in the high school state decathlon.
Although recruited by Stanford, he ultimately chose Westmont College and competed in the NAIA Nationals his sophomore year, finishing 13th in the nation in the discus throw.
Chris coaches both club and high school soccer and enjoys hiking and camping. His three daughters also compete for the Santa Ynez Youth Track Club.
Shannon has been coaching youth sports- mainly soccer for the past 9 years. While never a track star, she has played soccer since she was 4 through college, swam and played volleyball in high school. She also used to compete in triathlons, but now prefers to weight lift, swim and hike regularly. Her focus is on making sure young athletes understand the proper warm up and cool down to prevent life-long injuries.
Shannon currently coaches club soccer with the Kickers Soccer Club, hikes regularly with her 3 daughters, and finds pretty much any reason to be outdoors on the weekends! Two of her three daughters also compete for the Santa Ynez Track Club.
Delaney Hendershot is SYY Track Club’s javelin coach. Growing up in Washington State, Delaney competed in discus, shot put, and javelin as a high school athlete. Being drawn to the unique athleticism in javelin, she trained hard to earn a Letterman in the event and continued throwing on the collegiate level. With a love for athletics, Delaney graduated from Westmont College with a BS degree in Kinesiology. When she reflects on her previous coursework, Pedagogy always stands out as her favorite, as she learned how to teach students, create lesson plans, and train athletes on the field. This will be her first year with SYYTC and she couldn’t be more excited to be back on the field with a new role as coach.
John – better known as JK – competed extensively in track, running middle & long distance in high school, college & open competition beyond college. He ran as a member of the Southern California Striders, one of the best track teams in the US during the 60’s – 80’s. JK qualified for the 1968 US Outdoors Track Nationals and US Olympic Trials in the 5000 meters. The trials were held at Lake Tahoe over 7000 ft at Echo Summit. Although he made it to the finals, he was unable to finish the race.
JK has been fortunate to have excellent coaching and is forever grateful for them being there for him. His own coaching experience includes middle & distance coaching for UCSB from 1981-1984 and Santa Ynez High from 2008 – 2011. He has also been active in youth coaching for the Camarillo Cosmos in both sprints and distance and Santa Ynez Track & Field last year.
JK has a passion for coaching track and wishes all who run to race or jog for health to experience the joy of jogging & running. His experience as both a former runner and current coach reveal that the majority of those who jog & run do not know understand how important it is to run with proper form and technique. Once this is understood and put into proper form, jogging and racing can be fun and rewarding.
JK and his wife, Debbie, have 4 sons, 11 grandchildren and are involved in their activities. JK is currently active with road bike riding. After being involved with Santa Ynez Track last year and observing the results and success, JK is looking forward to another great year.
Travis lives in Buellton with his wife Amber and their three kids Kade, Peyton, and Sadie. Travis works for the Federal Government, in addition to teaching tax and audit courses at UC Santa Barbara.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos High School, he played basketball and volleyball at DPHS. He still enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and is an avid hiker.
His coaching experience includes his kid’s basketball and soccer teams. Both of Travis’s daughters currently run with the track club and he is excited to participate as a track coach for 2018.
Co-founder & Distance Coach
Cary grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA, participating in multiple sports and was convinced to try cross-country and track his freshman year.
Cary confesses that ‘race-day’ was much more appealing to him than practice, but he still managed to consistently break the 5-minute mile as a freshman and ran in the 4:40 range as a sophomore. He also ran the 4 x 400, ½ mile and 2-mile before leaving running to focus on his true passion, which was 2-man beach volleyball and the Mira Costa HS volleyball team.
In subsequent years, Cary competed in races from the 5K to Marathon distances, the last being the Venice (Italy) Marathon in 2005. Now an avid hiker, he enjoys the incredible trail system of Santa Barbara County as much as possible.
Fatherhood, along with coaching and working with all youth to help each individual increase their self-confidence, while identifying and pursuing their dreams, remains Cary’s singular greatest passion.
Cary and his wife, Tracy, their three active grade-school children – Dani, Will & Scotty – and seemingly countless chickens, horses, and dogs live in Santa Ynez on their organic farm.
Scott is originally from Washington state. He moved to SB County in 2003 & the Santa Ynez Valley in 2017 with wife Marcie and two kids, Keegan (4) & Therrin (2). Keegan was born on the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Despite multiple attempts from high school cross country coach to recruit Scott, he wasn’t yet interested in running XC, instead putting his energy into golf. Scott competed in multiple 5K & 10K events in his 20s. However, it wasn’t until turning 30 that he really began to take running seriously and became a competitive half and full marathoner. Since 2011, he has run 12 marathons and 18 half marathons.
Some running achievements:
- 8-time Boston Marathon qualifier
- 10th overall at Mountains 2 Beach Marathon in 2017 (1st age group)
- 1st age group at 2017 Ventura Half-Marathon
- Many top 5 overall in half-marathons
- Set PRs in 2017 of 17:03 – 5K, half-marathon – 1:17:37 & marathon – 2:42.58 (at CIM)
Scott’s marathon goal for 2018 is 2:38.
We are very happy to welcome Scott to the team for the 2018 season, where he will parlay his extensive running experiences to help coach distance!
Kira (Costa) Malone spent much of her youth calling the track home. She started competing in the Jr. Olympics at age 10 and found herself placing at the top of the nation each year thereafter in various events. At age 12, she set National AAU Jr. Olympic records in the high jump and pentathlon, earning All-American status for the first time.
Throughout high school, Kira qualified for the CIF State Finals in hurdles, long jump, and pole vault while also competing in the USATF Jr. Olympic heptathlon event. At the age of 16, Kira took up pole vaulting (just for fun) and quickly rose to the national stage by jumping 12’ in her first competition. Her senior year, she broke both the National H.S. girls indoor and outdoor pole vault records as well as the USATF Jr. Olympic National Record.
In 2003, she was honored to represent Team USA at the Jr. Pan Am Games in Bridgetown, Barbados, placing 2nd. Kira initially attended UC Berkeley on a Full scholarship for pole vault and heptathlon and trained with world-class Olympians and athletes until injury ultimately took her off the track.
Kira finished her undergraduate degrees at Cal Poly, SLO, and is ecstatic to call the Central Coast home. She lives with her husband, Julian, and 2 young daughters in Santa Ynez, and is thrilled to give back to youth track and field by volunteering for our local track club. When not chasing around her active toddler, Kira enjoys running, teaching and practicing yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, and getting her family outdoors.
Paul’s family moved to the Santa Ynez Valley two years ago, from Maine. His wife Sally immediately brought their son Will out for the track club. It was such a great experience that Sally and Paul both volunteered to assist with the coaching the following season and have coached ever since.
In addition to coaching track, Paul has many years of experience coaching youth soccer and basketball, having coached his daughter and sons.
Paul has also played competitive soccer for many years and we are grateful to have him on our team.
Jim Neary, DC
Jim is a Santa Barbara local that moved to the Valley to raise his three sons. Currently in his 29th year of
practice, Jim spent his earlier professional years working with the San Francisco 49ers during their Super
Bowl years in the 1980s. He has also worked with Pro Volleyball SB Spikers, Olympic athletes, and even
the Black Tide and Burning Skirts Ultimate Frisbee teams!
Locally Jim has assisted wherever his boys are – from soccer to football to rugby to hockey to track. Jim
feels he is at his best when assisting athletic performance, but is certainly available for injury care. He is
thrilled to be part of the SYYTC, its mission statement, the wonderful coaches, and terrific budding
athletes. He looks forward to seeing you on the field.
Jeff and his wife Julia reside in Buellton and have three kids – Kairos, Kennah and Kalum.
He is the founder of the Uffizi Order which “collaborates with and for the marginalized” in Santa Barbara County.
Jeff is also the Director of Regional Coordination for the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness which seeks to solve homelessness from Santa Maria to Carpinteria.
Jeff ran track in high school, competing fiercely in the 100, 200, 4 x 100, and 4 x 400 relays.
Quite fittingly for SYYTC, he also coached track at Dos Pueblos High School from 1994-1997 and his coaching experience will assuredly help bolster our athletes.
He tried cross country for one year and realized he had better stick with sprinting!
Jeff is great addition to our team!!
Gavin is a 3-year high school Letterman in track & field in both shot put and discuss with PRs of 59′ in shot put and 175′ in discuss. Gavin graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California, where he intended to play division IA football for the Gaels but after a series of sports-related concussions, Gavin decided to hang his helmet up and discovered a new sport- Olympic weightlifting.
Gavin went on to take 3rd in the Pacific Weightlifting Assoc. Championships in 2004, and placing 6th nationally in the USAW Collegiate Championships in 2004. Gavin spent his years in college working closely with the Strength & Conditioning program, eventually moving into a role training athletes and teams in both strength and conditioning/running performance under the direction of the former head of Strength & Conditioning coach Gene Mirra.
Gavin currently holds certification with USA Weightlifting in Sports Performance and continues to train, program and instruct Olympic Lifting at local CrossFit facilities and with individual athletes.
Jeremy still holds the Santa Ynez High School record for the 200 meters and has set many meet records during his years here.
Accordingly, Jeremy advanced to the CIF finals 3 out of his 4 years. He was also part of the schools record-setting teams for both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays in 1990.
A dedicated family man, he has 6 children – 5 girls and 1 boy -and 2 grandchildren. He now works as a refrigeration/AC/heating technician. Spare time? Hunting, chopping wood and watching sports!
Jeremy is excited to be a coach for SYYTC as track has been a big part of his life. “I’m so glad we have this club in our valley, as it’s a great way to get the kids learning and to become successful in this great and rewarding sport.”
Ronnie ran track for Collinsville High School in Collinsville, OK. His senior year he won regional medals in the 4×100, 4×400, and 4×800 relays. He qualified for the 4×400 relay in the 1994 3A Oklahoma State track meet.
Coach Tow is married to Ashley and they have a 6-year-old son, Parker. Both Ronnie and Parker attend Santa Ynez School. Parker as a 1st-grade student and Ronnie as a 7th and 8th-grade History teacher. Ronnie has coached AYSO and YMCA soccer in the past and is very excited to coach SY Youth Track!
Distance running is a new passion for Ronnie and he is eager to learn from veteran distance coaches and lead by example!
Condor Classic - Meet Director
William is joining the team this year as the lead planner for the Condor Classic. A graduate of Colorado State University and an active duty member of the US Air Force, William brings over 17 years of planning, organization and leadership experience to our club. Previous duty assignments include everywhere from Wyoming to Washington DC and from Afghanistan to arctic Greenland. William is currently stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he is responsible for training mission-ready missile operations and maintenance professionals.
William and his family are thankful to have called the Central Coast home since 2015. He and his wife Amanda tackle life together with their three kids, each active in the local soccer and track communities.
Amber Vander Vliet
Amber became interested in running when she was 14. She went to a running camp that summer and has been addicted to running ever since. She ran track (1600 and 3200) and cross country in high school and then for Cal Poly, SLO.
Her daughter, Opal, joined the Santa Ynez Youth Track team last year and had an amazing experience and season, which Amber credits to the wonderful people & coaches that run the organization. Amber’s son, Foster, will also be joining the team, with great enthusiasm, this year as a kindergartener. Amber is looking forward sharing her love of running with her kids and yours.
Amber and her husband, Kevin, own and operate their local bakery, Enjoy Cupcakes. Amber starts her day before the sun rises at the bakery so that she gets home early to be with her kids.