Felipe Montoro is in his 12th season with the Broncos in 2016-17 and his seventh as the head coach of Santa Clara cross country/track & field. He is responsible for all coaching, administrative and recruiting aspects of the program.
Jack Davidson had one of the best debut seasons in program history as part of the 2016-17 campaign. He cracked Santa Clara's Top 10 list at 8 kilometers (24:36 at the Bronco Invitational) and 10 kilometers (31:46 at the NCAA West Regional Meet). During the spring, Davidson set a program record with a 5,000-meter 14:23.35 at the Mt. SAC Relays. He also posted the second-best 1,500-meter time and third-fastest 3,000-meter time by a Bronco. Overall, the men combined to log eight new times across their respective Top 10 lists on the track. Cross country its strong academic performance by earning 16 spots on the 2016 West Coast Conference All-Academic Teams. Santa Clara had five more runners recognized for their work in the classroom than any other conference program. The men had at least three more runners and the women had at least two more runners honored than any other team.
In 2015-16, Mary Kriege and Grayson Murphy each had outstanding seasons in the fall and spring. Kriege took 14th place and Murphy finished 15th at the West Coast Conference Championships in Spokane, Washington; eached earned Second Team All-WCC honors. They were the first Bronco female runners since Stephanie Wilson in 2010 to receive all-conference recognition. Murphy's 20:46 and Kriege's 20:50 in the Bronco Invitational 6-kilometer race were good for the second-fastest and third-fastest Bronco all-time marks, respectively. On the track, the pair became Santa Clara's first female runners — and just the third and fourth runners in program history — to qualify for the NCAA West Region Preliminary Meet (Kriege at 5,000m and 10,000m/Murhpy in the 3000m steeplechase and at 5,000m).
Santa Clara set a pair of school records and nine PRs between the men's and women's teams at the 2014 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships. In his only year with the Broncos, Harvard graduate Kurt Ruegg set a school record by running 23:53 at Baylands Park, while the Bronco men's team (Ruegg, Bryan Crook, Adrian Hinojosa, Joey Berriatua and Ryan Greenough) set a school record with an average time of 24:30 in the 8k race. Four of the men set personal best 8k marks and all of Santa Clara's top five finishers in the women's 6k — Murphy, Kelly Ryan, Hannah Wood, Kaitlyn Kuehn and Amia Nash — set personal best marks as well. Ruegg built off a strong performance earlier in the year at Baylands, when he took second place at the Bronco Invitational. In 2014-15, the Broncos had Berriatua, Murphy, Ruegg and Mary Kriege combine to set six school records between the fall cross country and spring track & field seasons.
In 2013 the men's and women's cross country teams both finished sixth at the West Coast Conference Championships. In addition, Ben Demaree was named the WCC Post-Graduate Scholarship winner and Allie Sibole won the 2014 St. Clarie Medal at SCU.
For the 10th straight quarter, the men's cross country team had the highest term GPA after the Spring 2014 quarter. The men's cross country team posted a 3.443 GPA in the Spring quarter and they also have the highest cumulative GPA among men's teams at 3.405. Women's cross country has the highest cumulative GPA on the women's side at 3.386.
Led by Summa Cum Laude graduate Kevin Oliver's selection to the national individual Academic Award list, the Bronco track programs were honored among all Division I teams in July 2013 as the Bronco men posted a 3.506 GPA — the second-highest in the country — and were named as a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team. Posting a 3.57 grade point average, the sixth-best nationally and tops in the West Coast Conference, Santa Clara's women's track was named an All-Academic team as well.
Oliver was just the second Bronco in school history to receive USTFCCCA Academic individual honors. The Tualatin, Ore. native finished his senior year with a 3.98 GPA in Political Science and Economics to earn the award, the program's fourth in a seven-year span. Oliver was also named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team in late June. He was the only student-athlete from the West Coast Conference selected for the national academic honor and the only male in the state of California named to the team.
Working primarily with the men's distance runners, Montoro coached Mike Delaurenti to the 2008 NCAA Division I Regional Track and Field Championships in the steeplechase, a first for Santa Clara.
In 2009, Montoro saw Robbie Reid finish as the runner-up at the West Coast Conference Cross Country Championships — the best finish for a Santa Clara runner at the event. Reid was also the Bronco Invitational champion, had the highest finish ever for a Bronco male at the NCAA West Region Championship and finished 10th at the Stanford Invitational while setting the school record in the 8k. In addition, Chris Sampson finished in the top 10 to receive all-conference honors.
Before coming to Santa Clara, Montoro was an assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton's men's and women's cross country programs for two seasons, along with the track and field programs for three seasons. At Fullerton, Montoro headed the recruiting efforts for the Titan men's distance runners and helped to lead two Titans to NCAA Regional qualifying times.
Prior to working with the Titans, Montoro was an assistant with the combined cross country program at UC Santa Barbara during the 2001 campaign. During his time with the Gauchos, Montoro assisted head coach Pete Dolan in recruiting and traveled with the B squad.
Montoro began his collegiate career at the University of Oregon before transferring to UC Santa Barbara in 1998. He competed under Dolan for three seasons and earned his bachelor's degree in History and Spanish. While assisting at Cal State Fullerton for head coach John Elders, Montoro earned his master's degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
Montoro is originally from Glendale, California. He and his wife Amanda live in Willow Glen; and welcomed their first child, Mirabel Elena, on July 16, 2010.
CROSS COUNTRY WCC CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHES SINCE 2004
2016 Team Finish — 7th (M) & 8th (W)
2015 Team Finish — 7th (M) & 6th (W)
2014 Team Finish — 5th (M) & 7th (W)
2013 Team Finish — 6th (M) & 6th (W)
2012 Team Finish – 7th (M) & 6th (W)
2011 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 7th (W)
2010 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2009 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 4th (W)
2008 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 3rd (W)
2007 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2006 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
2005 Team Finish – 4th (M) & 3rd (W)
2004 Team Finish – 3rd (M) & 4th (W)
SCU CROSS COUNTRY RECORDS
Individual Men's 8k — 23:53, Kurt Ruegg at the 2014 West Coast Conference Championships
Team Time Average 8k — 24:30, Kurt Ruegg, Bryan Crook, Adrian Hinojosa, Joey Berriatua and Ryan Greenough at the 2014 West Coast Conference Championships
Individual Men's 10k — 31:14, Robbie Reid at the 2008 NCAA West Regional Championships
Individual Women's 6k — 20:32, Stephanie Wilson at the 2009 West Coast Conference Championships
TRACK & FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
2008 — Mike Delaurenti ran a 9:06.84 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was the first Bronco to qualify for the NCAA West Region Preliminary Meet. He took 25th place in the regional with a 9:15:42.
2013 — Kevin Oliver clocked a 10,000-meter time of 30:40.74 to take 17th place in Austin, Texas as the school's second-ever NCAA West Region Preliminary Meet qualifier.
2016 — Mary Kriege and Grayson Murphy became the first female runners in program history to qualify for the NCAA West Region Preliminary Meet (Kriege: 5,000 meters/10,000 meters — Murphy: 3,000-meter steeplechase/5,000 meters). Murphy's 10:23.22 in the steeple was a program record and good for 19th place at the regional meet. Kriege took 22nd overall in each of her events.