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2016 Girls South Coast League Champs. #6 CIF, #10 in State.


Head Coach for Girls Cross Country and Track Distance is Ken Sayles.

Head Coach for Boys Cross Country and Track Distance is Matt Soto.

During the Cross Country season, the Boys Assistant Coach is Tamara Mordy

and the Girls Assistant Coaches are Marina Jones and Erica Biehl.


Coach Ken Sayles

Ken Sayles, Girls Cross Country & Track Distance Coach

Coach Sayles is in his 28th season as Head Coach and has served as the Head Track Coach and coaches the girl distance runners during Track. He was named Orange County and CIF southern section “Coach of the Year” in 2014. He was the 1999 District Teacher of the Year and his athletes have won 42 individual titles, 2 CIF Champions, and Orange County Athlete of the Year a high school All American and his athletes have made 9 State Meet appearances at Cross Country and Track. He is a National, State and CIF certified coach and is the first coach in the CUSD to complete its coaching certificate program. Coach Sayles was honored by CIF Southern Section with its “Coaching for Character “Award for years of teaching important values along with fielding championship level teams.   He is an accomplished marathoner, having completed 23 marathons including the Boston Marathon 3 times and has competed as a triathalete as well.


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Boys Asst Coach

Matt Soto, Boys' Head Coach

Coach Soto graduated from Segerstrom High School in 2010 where he competed in cross country and track & field for three years. Attended and ran cross country and track at Orange Coast College for two years before transferring to Concordia University, Irvine where he also competed in both sports. Graduated in fall of 2014 with a bachelors in behavioral science.


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Marina Jones

Marina Jones, Girls Cross Country Assistant Coach

Marina Jones was born in NYC, moved to California at age 12 and graduated from Lakewood HS. In 1973, she moved to Minneapolis, MN and started her flying career as a Flight Attendant. Her son was born in 1980 and in those days you had to get back in shape to fly again so she started running in 1981 and hasn't stopped since. She had never been very athletic, but in 1982, she ran her first marathon, in Duluth, MN. 

During her running "Career", she made many goals, all of which she was able to accomplish, such as qualifying for the Boston Marathon, qualifying for The Olympic Trails Marathon in both 1996 and 2000, and winning the National Championship Marathon in 2000. She also won marathons in 1986 and 1999. In total, she ran 50 marathons under 3 hrs. She also plans to run her 98th Marathon in Santa Rosa, CA in August, her 99th marathon in DCA in October, and 100th in early 2018 in OC. 

She is also proud of her son who ran for Capo in 1995 during his Freshman and Sophomore year when Marina was an assistant coach for Ken Sayles over a 6 year span. He then got married 2 years ago and lives in Mission Viejo. He is currently training with Marina to do his first marathon at Marine Corp in DCA in Oct. 

In 2000, Marina and her husband moved to Palm Desert. He retired from 747 Captain in 2001 and Marina retired in 2007. They still like to travel and have been to all 7 Continents. 

Recently, Marina returned to coaching with Ken 4 years ago. It is a passion she enjoys especially sharing her love of running with these extraordinary High School Girls. Her goals for the girls are to learn to love the sport, work on goals you would like to accomplish and to just have fun. She looks forward to the 2017 XC season as these girls keep her young! 

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Erica Tompkins

Erica Tompkins, Girls Cross Country Assistant Coach

Erica Tompkins is a former Cougar herself. Erica ran college at CSU Dominguez Hills and Hope International University. She has an undergrad in Liberals arts with concentration in physical education, and a masters from Grand Canyon University in professional counseling. Erica has been running since the summer before high school. Erica has run one marathon, many half marathons, 10k, and 5ks. Erica loves running, teaching others about running, and being active. Erica is married to James, has a year old baby boy, Brayden, and both are active in the CVHS program. Erica plans to be a head coach at a high school or college in the future, and loves coaching under Ken Sayles who instilled her running passion since 12 years ago. Erica plans on running a marathon mid 2018 in hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon - her life long goal!

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Tamara Mordy, Assistant Boys' Coach

Tamara was born and raised in Mission Viejo and graduated from Capo Valley HS where she ran varsity cross country (under Coach Sayles). She is an avid runner whose achievements include qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

She and her husband live in Mission Viejo with their 4 children, three of which currently run cross country for the Cougars.

She loves running! She enjoys helping and pushing the younger boys to develop as runners and achieve their potential.

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