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
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 throw, and took 5th in the high school state decathlon.
Although recruited by Stanford, he ultimately choose Westmont College and competed in the NAIA Nationals his sophomore year, finishing 13th in the nation in the discus throw.
Chris is now an avid distance runner, coaches both club and AYSO soccer and regularly competes in endurance events.
Middle Distance and Distance 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.
Danielle Lageman competed in Track in high school and college specializing in hurdles where she trained under a former Olympian using methodologies focused on world class hurdle technique. She has been coaching youth sports for the past ten years and is the current hurdle coach at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. She is also a founding member of the Santa Ynez Triathlon Club and Run SYV where she continues to share her passion for running.
Co-founder & Distance Coach
Cary grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA, participating in multiple sports and was convinced by others to try cross-country and track his freshman year.
Cary confesses that ‘race-day’ was much more appealing to him than the actual training- regime, but he still managed to steadily break the 5-minute mile as a freshman and consistently ran 1-mile races in the 4:40 range as a sophomore, winning several varsity races. Inclusive of most distance runners, 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 pursing their dreams, remains Cary’s singular greatest passion.
Cary and his wife, Tracy, their three extremely active grade-school children – Dani, Will & Scotty – and seemingly countless chickens, horses and dogs, live in Santa Ynez on their organic farm.
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.
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.”