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Track & Field

We strive for all student-athletes to have a happy, healthy and confidence-building experience, each year in our program.


Wednesday August 7th, FHS is offering Physical Exam for $20, Trainer’s Room (under home bleachers), 3:00pm  (could possibly be the only on-campus physical for the whole school year, so take advantage).



  • Summer Conditioning: has already started for those continuing to show-up.
    • Through May 31st: regular weekday practice (excluding Pot-luck day)
    • No practice during graduation week, June 3rd to June 8th
    • Beginning June 11th: train with coach Shields' non-profit club, Phoenix Conditioning
      • Tuesdays at 5:30, Thursdays at 5:30, Saturdays ("Rancho Breakfast Club") meet at 9:45 in Fremont parking lot.
        • On weekdays, kids are expected to begin the standard warm-up by 5:40, on their own, practice will end between 7:15 and 7:30.
        • Saturdays' practice will finish between 11:45 am and 1:00 pm depending if attending the post-Rancho strength conditioning.
      • Competitions: Phoenix Conditioning will plan to compete as a club at the Los Gatos All-comers meet on Thursday, July 25th
      • No practice on Thursday, July 4th

Pictures below: "Rancho San Antonio Breakfast Clubs"


Dedication Awards

Workout-percentage explanation. It is possible to have over 100% in our workout attendance score because;

·         Saturday meets count 2 attendances for 1 day.

·         Winter or Spring break attendances count as 1 free attendances against zero days

·         Some key Friday workouts count as 2 attendances for 1 day

·         Dual meets count as 2 attendances for 2-days  

·         With these attendance extra-point opportunities, one can see why it is easy to not give someone credit for the sport if they are under 85%. The scoring also helps to identify who is getting in the optional workouts, key workouts and competitive experience. 

Trophy of Dedication boys: Idreece Barnes (2019)

Trophy of Dedication girls: Medha Kotra (2022)

·         Medals of dedication (next 8 (9 due to tie) highest attendance scores, regardless of gender)

  • Rohan Kale (2020)

  • Briana Fedkiw (2021)

  • David Zhang (2021)

  • Karen Dam (2020)

  • Samantha Wu (2020)

  • Justin Franklin (2021) 

  • Kohei Tsuchitani (2021)

  • Rakhi Chadalavada (2022)

  • Santiago Torres (2022)

Team MVP's; The MVP not only helps the team by being a regular point scorer, but also is a leader with strong attendance, supports individual team members and helps keep the team together. Setting examples by doing what is asked of them and not complaining or wandering off on their own agenda. Keeping their chin high and supporting others, even when they are having a bad day

  • Girls: Amanda Liu: 8th in scoring, 2nd straight trip to CCS in the shot put, emergency anchor on the girls 4x1, often does both practices, great leadership skills, stays to help clean-up after home meets (long after her events are over).
    • Others receiving votes: Zara Dayal, Brian Fedkiw, Cassius Fiaui 
  • Boys; Idreece Barnes: highest scoring boy, on both sprint relays, regularly scores in both hurdles. Scored in the HJ and the 800 this year. Supports other kids, talks to everyone, stays to help clean-up after home meets. 

Team Highest Scorer,

·         Girls – Cassius Fiaui

·         Boys – Idreece Barnes

  • 2nd highest scoring season of the last 20 years. Passing JJ Escalera (Track/XC scholarship to San Jose State) and Annah Jones' (recruited by UCLA) 2015 and 2016 seasons, only coming in 2nd behind Samantha Louie (2018), currently competing at UC Davis)

Most regular season Team PR’s – Idreece Barnes had 13 PR’s .   

·         Jonathan Mattson had 11

·         Samantha Wu had 11

·         Steven Bhirdo had 9

·         Karen Dam had 8

Most improved:

·    Boys: Jonathan Mattson: over 2-seconds faster in the 110m High Hurdle. 4th in El Camino, on his way to SCVAL. 5-seconds faster in the 300mH

  • Honorable mention, Thomas Le, 10-ft improvement in 10-lb shot!
  • Others receiving votes: Jules Merigot, 4 seconds in the 400m, becomes a strong, dependable lead-off of both Varsity sprint relays, a foot-and-a-1/2 in the Long Jump
  • Girls: Samantha Wu: over 35 seconds in the 1600m, more the 1-minute 45 seconds in the 3200 (she would currently  lap herself from 2018)! Moved to #4 all-time in the 3200 and #9 all-time in the 1600, when she wasn’t near being on the all-time lists last year.  
    • Honorable mention, Cassius, who qualified for CCS last year,  has improved 3 ½ feet in the shot put, moving from #15 all-time to #4.

Comeback Award Winner;

  • Zara was in excellent shape during Winter Conditioning, surely to break into the all-time top 15 in the horizontal jumps. Then, she got the flu, twice, was diagnosed with extremely low-iron the week before the season started (it was "7", normal for girls/women is 12). She continually fought through all of that, continued to help others, her iron level never got to normal, yet she went to SCVAL in the HJ and was on the bubble in the Triple Jump 

Highest Varsity Impact by Fr/So;

·         Girls: Briana Fedkiw – 3rd in over-all scoring, was on varsity 4x100. She provided big varsity points, in dual meets, while taking home much bling on Saturdays as a FSG.  .   

·         Boys: Jonathan Halperin, with Alex Workman injured, and the flu hitting Kyle and Neel– Carried the bulk of varsity 800m/1600m running in dual meets. Going to SCVAL in both events.

Most valuable newcomer;

·     Girls: Rakhi Chadalavada: Freshman who immediately began running varsity in dual meets. On both varsity relays, #10 in attendance. Highest scoring freshman, going to SCVAL in the open 400 and both relays.

·         Boys: Steven Quintana – 5th highest scoring boy. Gave us some varsity balance in our FS-heavy boys throws. He’s going to SCVAL in the shot

Most Valuable Thrower Award;  

·         Girls: Cassius Fiaui

·         Boys: Yusuf 

Chameleon Award winners (scoring points in 7 varsity events or more, or 8 including FS/JV).

·         Idreece: 4x1, 4x4, 400m, 800m, 110Mh, 300mh, LJ, SMR

·         Not too many Chameleons this year. These other people we close

o   Briana: TJ, LJ, VG 100m, VG 4x1, FSG 4X1, FSG SMR,

o   Karen: Shot, Discus, 300mH, 100mH, 4x4, 4x800

o   Roma: JVG 1600M, JVG400M, JVG200M, JVG 300Mh, JVG 4X4, JVG 4X1, JVG HJ

o   Hanna Chellali: 4x1, 4x4, VG 400, HJ, LJ, FSG SMR (going to SCVAL in 4 events)

o   Nano: competed in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 4x1, 4x4, 4x8 ,but did not score points in all of them (he also ran 3200 in his junior year)

Kamikaze award winners;

Girls –Tie: Rakhi and Kate, sprinters, ran a 1200 and an 800 at Cup/De Anza meet, to field a FSG Distance medley team   

Boys:  Justin Franklin.


  • El Camino Champion Varsity Boys 110mHH: Idreece Barnes
  • El Camino Champion Varsity Boys 300mH: Idreece Barnes
  • El Camino Champion JVG Shot put: Yadi Set
  • El Camino Champion JVG Discus: Yadi Set
  • El Camino Champion JVG Long Jump: Anika Chandwani
  • El Camino Champion JVG Triple Jump (setting the meet record): Anika Chandwani


  • Amanda Liu, $1500 (see scholarship tab below)
  • Zara Dayal, $1500 (see scholarship tab below)

CCS Results and 2019 Record Book Entries

The 2019 Firebird Track & Field season finished last Friday at the CCS Finals in Gilroy.

None of the Firebird are moving on to State, but Cassius Fiaui and Idreece Barnes were in the top-8 finishers and scored points in the finals.

·         Cassius entered the meet ranked 14th in the shot put and was an alternate. Two other girls did not show-up, so Cass was moved into their slots. She responded with a 2-foot PR, breaking the Fremont school record and moving into 8th place in the CCS finals

·         Idreece Barnes, still battling the flu, finished 5th in the 110 meter high hurdles and 6th in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles.

·         Cassius and Idreece led a calm 2019 assault on the Fremont Track & Field record books.  The Fremont All-Time top 15 record books are filled with league, CCS and state champions. As well as filled with those who went on to NCAA and Olympic careers. This years’ new marks are led by Junior, Cassius Fiaui’s school record in the Shot puts. Breaking Kelly Bushnells 15 year old record.

o   Idreece’s season-best times leave him ranked 12th all-time in the 110 meter High hurdles and 4th all-time in the 300 meter hurdles

§  Idreece will compete at San Jose State, majoring in Engineering. He may end up competing against teammate Jonathan Mattson who has a solid chance of running hurdles at San Francisco State University

o   Junior, Samantha Wu, made her mark on Fremonts' very prestigious top-15 girls distance list. Samantha landed at #10 in the 1600m (mile) and #4 in the 3200m (2-mile), in between SCVAL/CCS standouts JJ Escalera and Julia Huff

o   Senior Alex Cassidy, climbed a few spots from last year to #12 on the High Jump list

o   Sophomore Natalie Waelty, added an event to some of her sprint top 15 rankings, by adding a #15 in the High Jump

o   Freshman, Rakhi Caladavada, whose 400 meter time finished the season as 7th in CCS for freshman girls, cracked the Fremont All-time list at #15 in the 400 meters.  


Fremont @ CCS Preliminaries, Saturday, May 11th, Gilroy, CA

Saturday's results (link);

  • Girls Shot put;
    • Cassius Fiaui threw her 3rd best throw ever, only 3/4 of an inch short of her PR. She is #14 in CCS.
    • Amanda Liu did not have one her best days, she ended up 31st in CCS, but can still be proud of going to CCS in both of her last two years
  • Boys hurdle events
    • 110mHH: although fighting the flu, Idreece Barnes focused on technique on his way to winning his heat against a higher seed, and posting the 2nd fastest qualifying time of the day.
    • 300mH: Idreece was winning the 4th heat, until the last hurdle. He fell on hurdle #8 (last hurdle), but somersaulted across the line. He was 2nd in the heat, but still had the 7th best time of the day

Idreece will compete in both hurdles this coming Friday.


Fremont Track & Field:  CCS Qualifier

Last Friday, the SCVAL Championship / CCS Qualifier (results link) was held at Los Gatos High School.

Four Firebirds qualified directly for CCS, 5 more are "on-the-bubble";

  • For the 2nd year, senior, Idreece Barnes qualified in the 110m High Hurdles and the 300m Intermediate hurdles. Barnes boast CCS top-10 rankings in both events: he’s #7 in the high hurdles, #6 in the 300 hurdles
  • For the 2nd year in a row, Junior, Cassius Fiaui qualified in the girls Shot put. Cass is currently ranked #19 in CCS
  • For the 2nd year in a row, senior, Amanda Liu also qualified in the girls Shot put.
  • Sophomore, Hanna Chellali qualified in the Varsity girls high jump
  • On the bubble for CCS (one-two spots out);

o   Senior, Alex Cassidy, boys high jump

o   Junior, Samantha Wu in the girls 3200m run

o   Sophomore, Brian Fedkiw in two events; the girls Long Jump and Triple jump

o   Sophomore, Natalie Waelty in the Varsity girls high jump

o   Freshman, Rakhi Chadalavada, varsity girls 400m run


  • 3:30 Wednesday, May 8th, at locker room next to the pool
  • Final return, Awards Pot-luck on Monday, May 20th.
  • Any uniforms not in by then;
    • Gets billed
    • Doesn't get end-of-season t-shirt
    • Doesn't get end-of-season quarter-zips
    • Doesn't receive any awards they won.



(Baked by elite baker/distance runner, Samantha Wu)


RESULTS: EL CAMINO DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS / SCVAL Qualifier (link)Link to meet pictures

Over 2-days, at last weeks’ El Camino Division Track & Field Championships, the Firebirds crowned “League” champions in six events, on the way to sending 19 varsity student-athletes to the SCVAL/CCS Qualifier.

Wednesday, April 24th, the JV Girls posted dominant performances by sophomore Yadi Set and freshman Anika Chandwani; Yadi became El Camino Champion in the JVG Shot put and the JVG Discus. Anika followed-up by becoming El Camino Champion in the JVG Long Jump and JVG Triple Jump.

In Friday’s Varsity Finals, Idreece Barnes followed the lead of his younger teammates by becoming El Camino Varsity Champion in two events: both the 110m High Hurdles and the 300m Hurdles. The “icing-on-the-cake” to his CCS ranking at #5 in both events.

Additional Fremont student-athletes moving on to the SCVAL/CCS Qualifier;

·         Senior, Alex Cassidy, VB High jump and VB 4x1 relay

·         Senior, Jules Merigot, VB 4x1 relay, VB 4x4, 1st, open 400m alternate

·         Senior, Zara Dayal, VG High Jump, Triple jump alternate

·         Senior, Amanda Liu, VG Shot put

·         Senior, Steven Quintana, VB Shot put

·         Senior, Nadia Anees, VG 4X4 relay & 4x1 relay alternate

·         Senior, Ryan Wingrove, High Jump alternate

·         Senior, Stephanie Escobar, VG 4X4 relay alternate

·         Junior, Cassius Fiaui, VG Shot put, VG Discus

·         Junior, Samantha Wu, VG 1600M and 3200m

·         Junior, Yash Gajula, VB 4X4 relay

·         Junior, Rohan Kale, VB 4x1 relay

          Junior, Zach Oren, VB 4x4 relay, Triple jump alternate

·         Sophomore, Briana Fedkiw, Varsity Girls Long Jump, Varsity girls triple jump, VG 4x1, VG 100m

·         Sophomore, Hanna Chellali, Varsity Girls Long Jump, Varsity girls high jump, VG 4x1, VG 4x4

·         Sophomore, Natalie Waelty, VG High jump, VG 4X1 and VG 4X4

·         Freshman, Jonathan Halperin, Varsity boys 1600m run and 800m run

·         Freshman, Rakhi Chadalavada, Varsity Girls 400m, VG 4x1, VG 4x4



Please return your uniforms/warm-ups (WASHED PLEASE):  Wednesday May 1 after school (~3:30-4:00) at the "locker room" next to the pool


SENIOR DAYSenior Day (last home dual meet)

SENIOR DAY (last home dual meet)

(link to meet pictures)

With a very young team this year, only 15 of our approximate 85 student-athletes will be leaving us.

Big hugs and high-fives to our graduating seniors;

  • Fearless Four-year Firebirds
    • Captain, Zara Dayal (jumps & hurdles (2016 El Camino JVG HJ champion))
    • Captain, Amanda Liu (Throws & sprints (2018 CCS shot put, 2017 EC JVG shot put runner-up))
    • Co-captain, Nathanial Catris, "Nano" (distance, middle-distance and sprints)
    • Co-captain, Nadia Anees (hurdles and sprints)
    • Co-captain, Emmanuel Ramirez (jumps and sprints)
  • Three-year 3-peat Firebirds
    • Captain Idreece Barnes (Sprints & hurdles (currently ranked 5th in CCS in 300mH, 4th in 110mHH))
    • Co-Captain: Jonathan Mattson (Hurdles & Sprints)
    • Co-captain, Stephanie Escobar (Middle-distance)
    • Co-captain, Christian Vargas (Sprints and throws)
    • Ryan Wingrove (Jumps)
  • Two-year, but-not-too-late, Firebirds
    • Captain, Alex Cassidy (High Jump and sprints (currently ranked 7th in CCS HJ))
    • Co-captain, Jules Merigot (sprints and jumps (currently leads-off both sprint relays))
    • Co-captain, Chris Gough (sprints)
  • One-and-done Firebirds
    • Steven Quintana (Throws (currently ranked 6th in El Camino Division shot put))
    • Abhinov Mamidipaka (Throws)



WORKOUT/ATTENDANCE through Friday, April 26th

** Friday, April 12th (Friday before break). Will be a 3-for-1 day (must finish practice for the points)

** Spring Break workouts count as extra workout/attendance points

** El Camino Division meet on Wed April 24th and Friday April 26th.

  • The meet is here, so we need to work the meet. Still plan to work the meet even if you are not competing.
  • Both days will count as 3-for3: meaning, if you do not show-up to help, it will be the same as missing 3 workouts. 

With all of the extra point opportunities throughout the year, and with the above additional opportunities, there is no legitimate excuse for not being 85% or higher (there are 2-people on the team who missed time due to their wisdom teeth being taken out, AND missed time due to the flu, they are currently above 85%. Another kid had a broken wrist, could not train for 4-weeks, only got credit for helping with meets, and he is also still above 85%)



The Firebirds posted many stellar performances on Saturday, March 30th, and not all stellar-performances were on the Track & Field, as the Fremont community worked hard to complete another successful FirebIrd Relays.

Results; Athletic.Net and Lynbrooksports.com

Meet Pictures 

On the Track & Field:

  • The Firebirds finished 7th out of 35 schools in total points, with the FS Girls finishing the highest with a 2nd place out of the 33 schools in the FS girls division.
  • Large teams have an advantage in the Firebird Relays as they can cover all of the relay scoring. Evergreen Valley won the team trophy again, as they bring close to 200 student athletes to our event (their team eating habits also make them a Snack Shack favorite). Their coaches have brought their team (and their revenue) to each of the Firebird Relays
  • For Fremont, there were over 30 individual PR's or season bests, with the Firebirds cranking up the heat in Relay events.
    • Topped-off by the F/S Girls foursome of Briana Fedkiw, Hanna Chellali, Natalie Waelty and Rakhi Chaladavada shattering the meet record in the Speed Medley Relay. The girls time of 1:58.49 put them at #3 all time in the Fremont record books 
    • Cassius Fiaui, once again cleared 35-feet in the varsity girls shot put, exerting her dominance over a talented girls shot put field, and proving her #13 CCS shot-put ranking
    • Idreece Barnes won both hurdle events; maintaining his #6 ranking in CCS for the 110m High Hurdles and moving up to #5 in CCS for the 300m Hurdles. Idreece hauled away a total of 3-medals, and points in all 4 of his events, when teamed with other point-scoring/medal winning teammates, Zach Oren, Jules Merigot, Alex Cassidy, Yash Gajula and Rohan Kale on two sprint relays
    • FS Girl horizontal jumpers Briana Fedkiw, Hanna Chellali, also carted-off plenty of hardware with 4-medals a piece 

Throughout the day:

Thanks Everyone,

Together, last Saturday, we successfully completed another Firebird Relays.

Raising funds to support the T&F/XC programs and the Firebird Relays Scholarships, with other FHS Athletic teams supported through the Boosters concessions.

Saturday, March 30th, we hosted 36 out of the 42 high schools which initially registered for the meet. The 36 high schools brought over 1300 student-athletes, entered in over 2400 events, accompanied by approximately 150 coaches, and maybe 800-1000 spectators! Unlike most other sports, competitors are also spectators and paying customers in a large Track & Field competition. The result was an active, moving, sometime transient, crowd of about 2000-2500 people making their way around our fields, through our stands, bathrooms and Snack Shack for probably 8 out of 12 hours

From the feedback of the other Coaches, Hank Lawson (the top timer in northern California and CCS) and the USA Track & Field Officials (who work high school, NCAA and World-Class track meets), we did a great job! 

Meets of this size often run 1-2- hours late: we finished 30-minutes early. Padding our positive meet management reputation due to our +/- 5-minutes-of-schedule finishes in 2018 and 2017

Timely meet management and successful, positive, representation of Fremont High throughout such an all-day event, could only be accomplished by a massive team effort of committed volunteers

Special thanks to all mentioned below, and sincere thanks/apologies to anyone I missed in the below shout outs;

Team Super-Mom; Anna Oren (Zach, 2020) for tirelessly working to fill volunteer positions. Showing up at 7:00am. Then during the meet, she made it around to all posts, with her cape flapping in the wind, to help out at each location. Finally shutting down around 8:30pm as she, and us remaining coaches, picked-up random trash on our way out of the stadium

Student-athletes who helped all-day, even though they did not compete

·        Sam Tiscareno (2021)

           Chris Gough (2019)

·         Yadi Set (2021)

·         Thomas Le (2021)

·         Jonray Collado (2021)

Current student-athlete parents who volunteered;

·         Lisa Tsuchitani (awards) (Kohei, 2021)

·         Karen and Bill Gough (tickets, awards) (Chris 2019, Kate 2021)

·         Anahga (and Anil) Kale (t-shirts) (Rohan, 2021)

·         Shaheen and Aditya Dayal, registration and other (Zara, 2019 (also see “Power Parents”))

·         Janet Nixon (tickets) (Ethan, 2021)

·         Abe Oren, tickets (Zach, 2020)

·         Christine Pepin, long jump (Jules, 2019)

·         Fariha Barnes, bbq grill (Idreece, 2019)

·         Meena Juttukoonda, t-shirts (Yash, 2020)

Alumni Student-athlete volunteers

·       Luis Cordero (2015, Rochester Institute of Technology)

·         MacKenzie Cox (2016, Cal Poly SLO)

·         Coach Alejandra Flores (2014, De Anza /Aurora Univ (Chicago), SCUSD)

·         Coach Chuck Herrera (1998, De Anza, FUHSD)

·         Samantha Louie (2018, UC Davis)

·         Coach Lewis Louie (1978, retired man of leisure & USATF Certified coach (STILL highly ranked  in FHS record books for T&F and Basketball)

·         Warren Liu (2018, UC Santa Cruz)

·         Coach Adam Miranda (2013, SJSU, Facebook)

·         Coach Fitzgerald Nocon (2008, SJSU, O’Connor &  Stanford hospitals)

·         Heather Rohrer (2013, University of Hawaii, Apple)

 Alumni Power-Parents (and their FHS T&F/XC graduates)

·       Steve Meier, "the voice of FHS T&F", announcer/photographer (Lauren 2017, UC Berkeley)

·         Molly Cox, awards, results, registration (Shelby, 2014 UMass/Michigan State, MacKenzie, 2016 Cal Poly SLO)

·         Cathy and Gus Gomez, front & back gates, t-shirts (Tommy, 2018, Columbia Univ., NY)

·         Deepa Balgi, registration and inspirational hip-number design (Pranav, 2017, UCLA). Also thanking Ganesh Balgi for years of great photos, along with the photos from Steve Meier.

·         Shaheen and Aditya Dayal, registration (Sabina, 2015, UC Santa Barbara, Zara current coed Team Captain, 2019)

·         Coach Lewis Louie, Medals-coordinator for the last 4-Firebird Relays  (Samantha, 2018, UC Davis)

          Coach Jeff Rohrer, out sick, but has worked all 7 previous Firebird Relays (Heather 2013, Univ. of Hawaii, Jackie 2013, UC San Diego)

Other key supporters

     Sylvie Jannon-Shields, t-shirts and creator of “Run like a girl” stickers, 8th Firebird Relays (patient supporter of Coach Shields)

·     Julia Jannon-Shields, 8th Firebird Relays: has worked t-shirts, awards, announcers’ booth, results-shuttling. Supporting Fremont T&F since she was 5-years old (AMHS 2017, University of Washington, Seattle)

·     Athletic Director Jason Townsend, who, in his first stint as AD, believed me when I told him we (Fremont) could pull-off this huge track meet

  • Johanna Moyoli: whose timely handling of invoices, from all angles, keeps our reputation strong and payments on time
  • Coach Rand Crippen: currently a volunteer coach, has officiated the HJ at all Firebird Relays and all Fremont dual meets over the last 10+ years.

·    Athletics Boosters leader, Lenora Heuchert and her Booster's Dynamic Duo - Lisa and Jeff Hiatt:  They all worked at the concessions area for 12 hours starting at 8 am and finished clean up at 8 PM. They did an outstanding job purchasing, prepping, cooking and selling all the food items to support a hungry crowd all day long!  Lisa does a fabulous job managing her team and Jeff was busy grilling everything.  He even trained kids and parents how to flip burgers and grill chicken! Well done  (Especially well done, considering the length of our event, some of our guest had breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Snack Shack)!



LAST WORKOUT/ATTENDANCE CUT was April 1st. Reduced to 80% due to flu epidemic 


Must be eligible, have a workout/attendance of 85% and worked the league meet on Wed., April 24th and Fri., April 26th, at Fremont, in order to get credit for the sport


Link to Booster Pictures of Track & Field

password is lower case 'firebirds' 


Fremont vs Homestead

Linked: Meet Pictures and Meet results

The meet was not pretty with almost 1/3rd of the Firebirds' out from flu or recovering from flu. In addition to being out-number approximately 120 to 65.

None-the-less there were some huge PR's to be had during the meet. As the valiant, flu-inflicted, Firebirds' cranked out 50 PR's in their effort against the large Homestead team.

  • Huge PR's from Juniors Cass Fiaui and Samantha Wu moved them deeper into the all-time Fremont record books. 
  • 2013-2017 Power-Parent, Steve Meier, handed the microphone over to Coach Flores, in order to return to his role as a prolific FHS meet photographer. Hopefully, his equally prolific partner in pictures, Ganesh Balgi, will be around for the Firebird Relays 


Meet Results Saturday, March 23rd: De Anza / Cupertino Invitational.

Meet summary:

Lots of medals were collected as the combined Boys/Girls varsity team finished 4th out of 21 teams

  • Varsity boys finished 6th out of 21 teams. VB High scorers were Idreece Barnes 21.50 points, Zach Oren 8.00 points, Jules Merigot and Rohan Kale tied with 3.50 each.
    • The VB events and FSB relay legs cranked out 11 PR's. With Zach Oren getting PR's in each of his 4 events, and Chris Kim scoring PR's in both of his events
  • Varsity girls finished 3rd out of 21 teams. VG high-point scorers were Hanna Chellali 15.50, Cassius Fiaui 14.00 and Briana Fedkiw with 11.50 
    • The VG events and FSG relay legs put together 13 PR's. With Anais Chevalier and Anais Eichner each pulling in two PR's a-piece
    • FSG girls taking home 4 medals each were: Anika Chandwani, Rakhi Chadalavada, Kate Gough and Hanna Chellali (competing in varisty)


Results 2nd Annual Aragon InvitationalMarch 16, 2019

The medal tally was high as the Firebirds' combined-team point total was 2nd highest out of the 16 high schools competing in the San Mateo Track & Field meet

  • The Varsity Girls were 1st out of 16 schools, with Zara Dayal, Cass Fiaui and Amanda Liu scoring the most points with 19, 16 and 13 points, respectively
  • The Varsity Boys were 2nd out of 16 schools, with Idreese Barnes, Alex Cassidy and Jules Merigot scoring 21.5, 17 and 15.5 points, respectively 
  • The FS Girls were 2nd out of 16 schools, with Natalie Waelty, Hanna Chellali and Yadi Set scoring the most points with 20.5, 20.5 and 18 points, respectively 
  • The FS Boys were 3rd out of 16 schools, with Jonathan Halperin, Santiago Torres and Ethan Nixon scoring the most points with 18, 10.25 and 9.25 points, respectively
  • Total Points for all 4 divisions at the Aragon Don's Invitational

    1. Aragon 510   2. Fremont 284   3. Hillsdale 189  4. Jefferson 98   5. Mills 93    6. Soquel 89   7. Alameda 75    8. Adrian Wilcox 70    9. Redwood Christian 59    10. Design Tech 49    11. Mercy [Burlingame] 49    12. Terra Nova 28    13. Downtown College Prep 21    14. San Rafael 15    15. Summit Tahoma 2    16. Luis Valdez Leadership Acad 1


Meet Results



As for all sports at Fremont HS, students need to be "cleared" and registered in order to participate in Track & Field. Please refer to the FHS Spring Sports page for details.

While there is no required fee to participate in Track & Field, please consider making a donation to support the program. Checks can be written to "FHS Track & Field."


Team Rules

General Rules

  • Student-athletes should always drink water during the day and bring water to practice and track meets. They should drink 1/3 their body weight number, in ounces each day (E.g.; a 100 pound student-athlete should drink 33.3 ounces (about 1 liter) of water per day.
  • Students should always eat something for breakfast, and eat real food, not junk food, for lunch.
  • The student-athletes should always let the coaches know if they are hurting or injured.


  • Less than 85% attendance will be cause for removal from the team. The student must be at 85% or above to compete in meets
    • The student-athlete must maintain this percentage AND compete in at least 3 meets in order to get credit for the sport
  • Student-athletes and their parents are expected to show mutual respect and trust for coaches, school administration, teachers, meet officials, parent-supporters and teammates. Infractions will be reviewed by coaches and school administrations after T&F Captains input. The final decisions will that of the T&F coaching staff.
  • Always practice good sportsmanship and mutual respect towards competitors
  • Failure to meet school or home academic standards will result in suspension from the team.
  • 400 Meter Rule: With the exception of “Throws-only” athletes, every athlete will compete/run 400 meters at least three times during the track season. The 400 meter sprint distance is very developmental for all jumping and running events. Walking or jogging the distance will not count, the coaches will be the judge of effort during the given 400 m run. “Throws-only” athletes will be subject to a 300m or 200m under the same rules.
  • Club-Sports: Student-athletes will not be given attendance credit for club sports. It is suggested the student-athlete not compete in other club-sports during the T&F season. Track & Field training is very demanding, AND counts on key “unload periods” to peak the athlete. These unload periods should not be thought of as opportunities for extra workouts or to go to other sport tournaments.
    • If the club sport is already paid for and underway, please try to work with us to mesh the schedules and training.  The student will still be responsible for the 85% attendance
  • Miscellaneous: Donating Blood: If possible, in non-emergency situations, it is suggested to not give blood during the season. In giving blood, you are giving away benefits of workouts with each pint. The body has to work hard to replenish lost blood, which effects workout and meet recovery. Plus, you have just given away a strategic amount of a key component to the cardio-vascular system, which we’ve been working so hard to strengthen. Please try to plan any charity blood donations for after the season.

Attendance & Physicals


In order to practice or compete, our student athletes must have physicals and have filled out Student Information sheets. There were pre-season meetings and fliers stating these items need to be in on or before the first day of practice (Feb 3). At the very latest, the items must be completed by the Monday after the Winter Break (February 24).

Attendance (is based on workouts completed)

We do not cut student-athletes from the team based on performance. However, we will cut them for disrespecting teammates, staff, officials or for low attendance. Less than 85% workout-attendance will be cause removal from the team. There are plenty of extra point opportunities.

  • Certain hard workouts, Friday practices and Saturday meets count as 2-for-1 attendance days.
  • Scheduled workouts during school breaks and holidays count as an extra attendance
  • Weekday dual meets count as 2-for-2 days. Meaning, if you miss the meet, it’s the same as missing two days
  • There are no excused absences: if the student-athlete is sick or on a family trip, they are not training. There are plenty obvious opportunities for extra training % points:the student-athlete has multiple opportunities to be above expected percentage 

Sport Costs and Donations

Each family is responsible for the student-athletes footwear and practice apparel. Good footwear will limit foot/ankle injury and shin-splints.

The school pays for each student-athletes’ entry into the Saturday Relay and Invitational track meets.

The school also supplies the competition uniform, but these uniforms are to be returned at the end of the season or families will be billed for the uniform item. New rules enforcing collection include; transcript holds, and inability to purchase tickets for social events like prom. The season t-shirts will be withheld also.

If you cannot make one or more of the listed track meets, please bring a list of these meets to practice, pointing out which meets you cannot make.

Fremont T&F Coaching Staff

(FYI: USATF = “USA Track & Field”, the governing body for T&F in the United States, including the Olympic teams; NHSF = National High School Federation; TACUSA = The Athletic Congress of the United States of America)

Head Coach/program coordinator: Mark Shields

  • Certifications: USATF level 1 coach, TACUSA level 1 coach, NHSF certified interscholastic coach.
  • Coaching experience. High school: FHS Track & Field coach; 2005 until present. Head coach from 2006 until present. XC coordinator 2008-thru-2015, Head XC coach 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015.   2-times Fremont Coach of the Year: 2008 and 2017. Other: 4-yr. NCAA-D1 assistant at Oklahoma State University; Sprint/Hurdles, MD assistant., Cross Country assistant and  lead-coach for T&F/XC Strength & Conditioning. Member of OSU Track and Cross Country staff, under Dick Weis. Four years on OSU T&F as a 400 meter intermediate hurdler.
  • Full-time job: Engineering Projects Portfolio Manager, for Brooks Automation. Has also worked at Applied Materials, SunPower Corporation and Lam Research Corp. during the previous 15-seasons.

Throws Coach, Girls & Boys: Chuck Herrera (NHSF Certified Interscholastic Coach)

  • Coaching Experience: Coach Herrera returned to coach throws in 2017. He was Fremont’s throws coach or assistant from 2003 to 2009, coaching several CCS candidate throwers. He’s a 1998 graduate of Fremont High. Coach Herrera supports the Strength and Conditioning staff at Fremont and works Campus Security at Fremont

Sprints/Relays/middle distance/distance asst. Coach, Adam Miranda: USATF level 1 coach, NHSF certified interscholastic coach

Coaching Experience: this will be Coach Miranda’s 5th year supporting the Track & Field program, after his 5th year of supporting the FHS XC program. Adam was a two-year Track captain during his time at Fremont. Adam is Fremont class of 2013 graduate. He is finalizing his Engineering degree at San Jose State University, and is currently working as a paid intern at Facebook

Jumps Coach, Girls & Boys: Lewis Louie: USATF level 1 coach, NHSF certified interscholastic coach.

  • Coaching Experience; this is Coach Louie’s 1st year as a staff FHS coach. He has supported the program since 2015 when his daughter Samantha was a freshman (Samantha went to state in the TJ last year and currently is a heptathlete for UC Davis). Coach Louie is a 1978 graduate of FHS, and is still on FHS Track & Field records in the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. He has recently retired from a Service Management position at Hellwig Mechanical

Distance, relays and hurdles asst. coach, Girls & Boys: Alejandra Flores: USATF level 1 coach, NHSF certified interscholastic coach.

  • Coaching Experience; this is Coach Flores’ 1st year as a staff FHS coach (she's also an assistant Cross Country coach). Alejandra was a two-year Track & XC captain during her time at Fremont. Coach Flores is a Fremont class of 2014 graduate. She went on to compete at De Anza in T&F/XC, then in XC at Aurora University, in Chicago, Illinois. Coach Flores is a member of the Cross Country girls school record for Crystal Springs. She is also #15 all-time for 300m hurdles in Fremont Track & Field history. Coach Flores works as an English Language Support Assessment Technician for SCUSD


Volunteer Coaching assistant, Jeff Rohrer: Certifications: USATF level 1 coach, NHSF certified interscholastic coach

  • This is Coach Rohrer’s 5th year of direct support in coaching Fremont Cross Country/T&F. Jeff and his wife Rachel (3-yr team Mom) put three daughters through Fremont, and into 4-year universities. Their daughter Heather (2013) ran Cross Country at the University of Hawaii. Jeff is an accomplished masters distance runner, and is a full time Engineering Manager at Thermo-Fischer Scientific.

Volunteer Jumps Coach, High Jump specialist; Girls & Boys: Rand Crippen, NHSF certified interscholastic coach.

  • Coaching Experience; Coach Crippen is a well-known jumps-coaching resource around the South Bay Area and the Peninsula. In his 26-years of regional coaching, he has coached at multiple junior colleges and high schools in the Bay Area. In addition, he has been a captain on several of our SCVAL Corporate-coaches teams (8 corporate national championships since 2000). He is an accomplished Masters Track & Field Jumper/sprinter, and is a retired Apple programmer, having also worked for Intel.

Volunteer: Hurdles/Middle Distance/distance and Relays Asst. Coach, Girls & Boys: Fitzgerald Nocon (Fitz)

  • Coaching certification: USATF level 1 coach, NHSF certified interscholastic coach.
  • Coaching Experience; this is Coach Nocon’s 9th year of coaching at Track at Fremont. “Fitz” also coached the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Cross Country teams. He is a 2008 graduate of FHS. Coach Nocon only ran track in his senior year at Fremont; he learned to run hurdles in 1-month and went to SCVAL/CCS Qualifier in the 300mH, and both relays. Fitz has his degree from San Jose State and works full-time as a physical therapist at Stanford’s hospital, and part-time at O'Connor hospital

Head Coach & Team Mom contact

  • Contact Coach Mark Shields at Markstrackcoach@gmail.com
  • Team Mom Email: annaoren@yahoo.com
    • Anna, our team Mom coordinates the Carpooling for the weekday-away meets and our Saturday meets. She is also very strong in helping to coordinate our Firebird Relays parent support

We have a solid staff, we go through slight role updates each year, based on our full-time jobs.

USA Track & Field is the governing body of the sport in the United States of America. Six of our coaches are USA T&F level-1 certified coaches, which means we/they have the technical knowledge and the pedagogy training to coach all events. In addition, we have coaches who are additionally/or very experienced at certain events.

Review the "Fremont T&F Coaching Staff" tab to get the current view of this seasons' coaching staff.

School Records

Firebird Relays Scholarship

The scholarship will be given only in years when the Firebird Relays fundraiser, and additional fundraisers, makes profits. All scholarships qualifiers will divide 100% of the total of Gate, T-shirt/sticker sales and contributions to the Firebird Relays (after all season pay-outs). If no qualifiers, the money will roll over to the next year

The following qualifications must be met to earn the scholarship:

  1. Must have 4-seasons of FHS Track & Field, with 90% attendance;
  2. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR have 4-year Winter Conditioning, T&F, Summer Conditioning combined workout percentage of 100% or break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event;
  3. Must have been a team captain or co-captain in one of their years on the team;
  4. Must be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship;
  5. Must have applied for financial aid to attend the 4-year college/university;
  6. Must have a minimum 2.50 weighted GPA; and
  7. Must have taken the SAT or the ACT.

We (Coach Shields & AD Puccinelli) began this scholarship in 2015.

Past Scholarship Winners

  • 2015: $1000.00, Luis Cordero (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • 2016: $2,200.00, Annah Jones (UC Merced)
  • 2017: $2000.00, Kate Everhardt (UC Davis), Calvin Luong (Santa Clara University), Lauren Meier (UC Berkeley)
  • 2018: $5,625.00, winners; Samantha Louie: UC Davis, Brenda Blanco: accepted to CSU at Humboldt, chose to attend De Anza CC, Suzi Otala: UC Santa Cruz, Tommy Kaufman-Gomez: Columbia University, NYC, NY, Shou Shimaya: UC Irvine)

2019 Scholarship winners

  • Zara Dayal, $1500: has been league champion (JVG HJ Champions 2016) and captain (2019) or co-captain (2018), completed 4 seasons in Track & Field, applied for financial aid, and was accepted to an accredited 4-year university,  UC Irvine
  • Amanda Liu, $1500: has been league runner-up (JVG SP 2017) and captain (2019, 2018) or co-captain, completed 4 seasons in Track & Field, applied for financial aid, and was accepted to an accredited 4-year university, UC Davis

2020 ELIGIBLE SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATES (and accomplishments needed to win scholarship funds)

  • Cassius Fiaui:
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship 
  • Samantha Wu: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship 
  • Zach Oren: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship 
  • Kyle Du Val:
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    3. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Neel Barghava: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    3. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Karen Dam: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    3. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Rohan Kale: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Huy Tran: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Axel Perez: must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Jordyn Laihipp:
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field at 98% workout attendance
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Conor McCaffery:
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Michael Wang: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship
  • Trevor Ong: 
    1. must compete in, and finish, 4th season of Track & Field
    2. must be a captain or co-captain in senior year
    3. Individual league championship once at any level or league runner up once, at any level. Includes being a member of a relay; OR break into the FHS Top-15 all-time in an individual event
    4. be accepted a 4-year college/university, but not on an athletic scholarship

2019 T&F Schedule - Tentative

Month                   Date                     Day                      Meet                                         Location                                     Summary

February             14th                      Thursday                Scrimmage: Santa Clara AA Relays               CANCELLED due to weather

February             18th to 22nd         Mon-Fri                  FHS WINTER BREAK, Practice counts as extra points

Feb 27th, 28th Wed/Thu: Uniform handout for T&F Student-Athletes at/above 85% workout percentage

March                 2nd                      Saturday    Rustbuster Invitational.                         Monta Vista HS (link)                     Limited registration

March                 7th                        Thursday              Dual at Saratoga                    Saratoga HS

March                 9th                        Saturday                        K-Bell                              Westmont HS                       Limited registration  We will not attend.


1ST Eligibility Grade check, Monday, March 11th

March                 12th                      Tuesday                 Dual vs. Monta Vista              Fremont HS

March                 16th                      Saturday        Aragon Dons Relays                       Aragon HS                           Limited registration

March                 21st                     Thursday                Dual at Wilcox                         Wilcox HS

March                 23rd                      Saturday            De Anza/Cup Invite                     De Anza CC                        Limited registration


March                 26th                      Tuesday                 Dual vs. Homestead                           Fremont HS

March                 30th                      Saturday   8th Annual Firebird Relays                                 Fremont HS             Limited registration

April                    4th                        Thursday                Dual @ Cupertino, w/Wilcox               Cupertino HS

April                    6th                        Saturday             Quicksilver Classic                                 Leland HS

April                    9th                        Tuesday               Dual vs Santa Clara                               Fremont HS

April                    13th                      Saturday                Top 8                                                    Los Gatos                Qualifier limited

April              13th-20th                    Saturday-Saturday               Fremont SPRING BREAK, Practice counts as extra workout-attendance points

April                    24th                      Wednesday         El Camino Division prelims                    Fremont HS             Qualifier limited

April                    26th                      Friday                   El Camino Division Finals,                    Fremont HS             Qualifier limited

FINAL ATTENDANCE/WORKOUT% CUT and Eligibility check, MONDAY, April 29th

May                     3rd                        Friday                   SCVAL Championships                        Los Gatos HS          Qualifier limited

May                     11th                      Saturday CCS Semifinals                                                                                     Qualifier limited

May                     17th                      Friday                   CCS Finals                                                                            Qualifier limited

Monday, May 20th, END-OF-SEASON AWARDS POT-LUCK @ Sunnyvale, Baylands Park, 5:30pm

May             24th-25th                      Fri-Sat                   CA State Finals                                      Clovis CA (?)          Qualifier limited


Recent Track & Field scheduling, meet results and team/league/regional activities are linked to the Athletics.net website. The site is great for current information. 

Meet Results


  • School records on Athletics.Net are not accurate because they are not complete
    • Athletic.net refuses to recognize marks from meet results that cannot be uploaded electronically. This includes ignoring the high school marks of Fremont graduates:
      • Who made US Olympic teams;
      • Who qualified for US Olympic trials;
      • Who were NCAA All-Americans, NCAA league or conference champions; and/or
      • Who were California State champions, CCS champions, SCVAL champions or division/league champions.
  • Please go to the "School Records" page to see our real school records which have been carefully recorded, researched and handed down by quality Fremont coaches since the 1950's, through the inconceivable barriers of pencils, pens and paper.

Carpooling & Meet Support


Sunnyvale does not have a school bus system and renting from private school bus contractors is very expensive. Consequently, we are forced to carpool to our track meets.

The meet schedule is listed below, it will be very helpful if you can coordinate at least one carpool date with one of our Team Mom or Team Parents. Our current Team Mom is Anna Oren. We are also looking for additional team Mom’s and/or Team Dads, as our team will probably be over 100 students again this year, and Anna will need help with the Carpooling coordination duties


Our main fundraiser is our Firebird Relays Track Meet on Saturday, March 25. We will need parent volunteers to help at both gates, to help sell T-shirts and or to help pass out awards. We would like to have two shifts, so we will need about 12 people, total, to man the shifts.

Please try to let us know at least two weeks ahead of time, if you can support us, so we can plan the support.

Winter Conditioning, Wednesday, Dec 5th


             Fremont T&F/XC student-athletes, alumni, coaches and parents, are family!