A Message from Track Coach Marty Dugard

Just want to get out the word that we had a tremendously successful finale to the track and field season at the CIF Championships. Of the eight athletes who competed, each earned All-CIF honors.
So congratulations to D.J. Bailey (4×100), Nick Cirramusti (4×100), Chas Harmon (4×100, 400), Alli Jensen (discus), Colby Lindholm (3200), Caitlin Nilssen (pole vault), John Siegel (4×100), and Jonovaughn Williams (4×100) for their extraordinary achievements.
Looking forward to seeing many of you for cross-country season.
And for everyone else, have a great summer and know that the entire coaching staff is looking forward to seeing you in December and January for the 2013 track and field season.
Coach Dugard

Katerine Delaney Wins the 1600 in CIF Finals in Record Time

*Currently running the OC Varsity

JSerra senior Katherine Delaney continued a spectacular season in the 1,600. Holding the lead throughout the race, she won

JSerra's Katherine Delaney leads the pack on the way to winning the 1,600 meters at the CIF-SS Track & Field Division 4 Finals in Cerritos on Saturday.

the Division 4 title with a lifetime best effort of 4:46.82.

That time was the fastest among all four divisions and is the eighth fastest in county history.

“I came into this with a positive mind frame and I pushed myself as far as I could,” said Delaney, who is second in the state this season. “I feel honored and exhilarated that all my hard work is paying off.”

Delaney (2:14.00) also finished second in the Division 4 800 final to qualify for the Master’s meet.

For the full article click CIF.

He’s run to a film, a book and peace

By Lori Basheda, OC Register 

Coach Dugard with the JSerra Runing Lions

The first film that best-selling author Martin Dugard ever wrote premiered Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival.

But he skipped going to France to bask in the glory

That’s because he has a book signing at the Rancho Santa Margarita Borders last night.

And he has to get the track team he coaches atJSerra Catholic High School ready for CIFs today.

It’s quite a hat trick.

The film, “A Warrior’s Heart,” is a coming-of-age lacrosse drama set at the fictitious Sierra High School (a thinly veiled JSerra) starring “Twilight” vampire siblings Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene and “Glee” hunk Chord Overstreet, all cast by Dugard before they hit the big time.

But the book is what Dugard is most excited about.

It’s about running.

To view the full story click To Be A Runner.


Running Lions Leave Other Teams in Their Dust

JSerra’s Track & Field team racked up quite a list of accomplishments this season. But two accomplishments are so fantastic that the standout from the rest: the Running Lions took a record 15 athletes into postseason CIF competition and four of our athletes signed letters of intent to compete at the NCAA level.

Senior Harrison Steed won his third CIF Championship and is still working towards next week’s state meet in Fresno. He was third there last year, but first the year before. If he can jump another 7′ 2.5″, as he did in January, the odds are great that he can bring JSerra a second state championship. Next year he will be attending UC Berkley (Cal) on a full scholarship.

Senior Sydney Teske (All-CIF, All-Orange County, All-Trinity League) was third in the girls 800 at CIF Championships. She holds four JSerra school records, and is going to be running for the University of San Francisco next year.

Other college signings include Katie DeYoung who will attend University of Southern California, Chris Garcia who will attend Saint Mary’s College, and Taylor Mujica who will attend Concordia University.

Our boys 4×400 team of Chas Harmon, Alex Berman, Ace Raphael and Jake Decker were fifth at CIF Championships, earning them all CIF honors.

And, finally, a great sign for the future of the JSerra’s Running Lions were the number of underclassmen who dominated against our Trinity League rivals. Luke Decker (800, 1600), Colby Lindholm (3200), Caitlin and Ashley Nilssen (400, 800, 1600, 4×100) and Amanda Graceffa (100, 200, 4×100) are some of our superstar runners who will all be coming back next year to continue our growing the tradition of excellence. Or, as we like to say, Keep Pushing… Always.

To view more photos of this past season, click here. For information about joining the Cross Country or Track & Field teams, contact Coach Marty Dugard via email.