St. Augustine Track & Field fields a full JV and Varsity program with as many as 100 participants on a yearly basis. This no-cut program.
The program currently competes in the Eastern League. Competing for league titles, CIF crowns, sending athletes to the State Meet and on to college has become an expectation of our Track & Field team for the past several decades. Recently the Track and Field Team was crowned League Champs 2021 and 2019. CIF Title Finalist 2015 and 2016. CIF Title Winner 2006.
Here some of the recent Saints athletes that have gone on to compete in college: Christopher Erpelding ’19 – UCSD (Sprints); Nick Heid ’16 – CS San Marcos (7th all-time High Jump); Tanner Battikha ’16 – Univ. New Mexico (2019 Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor Champ); Paul Doan ’14 – UCSD (2018 CCAA champion in the 100 and 200. Currently he holds school records in both the 100 (10.39) and 200 (21.10).
We have also established a program for Para-Athletes. In 2019 Kyle Wyborney placed 3rd in the State for the 100m Wheelchair competition.
Coach J.C. Gross is 1995 graduate of St. Augustine and a member of both the Track and Cross-Country teams. He was the previous school record holder in the 400m and multiple relays. J.C. has been coaching at Saints for since 2003, working with the legendary Coach Jerry Downey. Coach Gross attended Fresno State University majoring in Kinesiology. He competed in both Track and Cross County at Fresno State. He’s married to his wife Janet and has two kids – Jalen (Saints Class of ’20) and Justice (Saints Class of ’21).
If you are interested in Saints Track & Field, have questions or would like to support the program, please contact Head Coach JC Gross.