Head Coach – Distance
Chris has been a coach of youth track and cross-country athletes for the past 4 years and has a son who is currently competing in his third season with the Comets. Chris loves to encourage and support young people as they learn and grow. Having fun along the way is essential to long-term success. Chris likes to plan workouts that are designed to achieve specific training effects and improve fitness by challenging multiple physiological systems. He values preparation, attention to detail, and keeping a positive attitude.
In his 2nd season with the Comets, Ethan will primarily be working with sprints and jumps. He has developed a passion for working with kids and helping them grow into their potential no matter the skill level. He believes in creating the right habits and developing the little things to create building blocks for athletes to work off of and excel down the road. Ethan holds his high school’s 400m and 4x800m records, he was also is a 2-time National Christian High School Track Championships (NCHTC) national 400m champion. He is currently running collegiately at MNU and specializes in the 400m and 800m.
Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps, Javelin
Theresa grew up in Michigan where she earned high school all-state honors in the 300m hurdles, 4×400, 100m hurdles and the long-jump multiple times. She was a Div. 1, Varsity athlete at Michigan State University where she ran the 400m and threw javelin and competed at Big 10 Championships. Theresa wants to ignite a passion for track & field in young athletes through a combination of fun and smart training. This is her second season coaching with the team.
Throws: Shot Put & Discus
Mariam started with the team in 2017 as a parent of young athletes joining the team and full-time coaching the throws events in 2019. She competed in both events as well as a few sprinting events throughout high school and for fun with a club team freshman year in college until she shifted focus to nursing. She currently competes here and there at the masters level in shot put & discus herself when able to. She has 2 boys who compete in running and field events with the club. Her philosophy: Have fun, but do it right! Form is everything!
Betsy started participating in AAU and USATF track and field at age 8 and never looked back. She was a two-time Kansas 6A state champion and competed at both the NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 levels, earning MIAA all-conference honors. She specialized in the 1500- and 800-meter events. She believes wholeheartedly that the lessons learned pursuing excellence on the track translate beautifully into everyday life. She wants to help athletes of all abilities learn and grow through the sport. While in her second year as a Comet, this is Betsy’s first year in a coaching role.
Rachel has been involved with the comets since 2019. She serves as club treasurer and helps coach the distance kids. Rachel began running cross country and track during high school and quickly fell in love with the sport. After high school Rachel ran collegiately for WSU for a year. Her passion for running has continued and she can often be found competing in local road races. Rachel’s goal with coaching is to help foster a love of running in the kids.
Board of Directors
President: Chris Boos
Secretary: Amy Garton
Vice President: Mariam Shahbazi
Treasurer: Rachel Hancock