2022 TOXC Captains

As Captains, we want to continue on the legacy of Thousand Oaks Cross Country–a competitive team that has state, CIF, and league titles on both sides, and a fun team known throughout the state for our TOXC capes and goofy antics at meets. We encourage new runners to really buy into our team and into our program and to get everything they can out of the joy of running with friends. If anyone comes into TOXC ready to run and to work hard they’ll get more out of it than they put in; all of us captains can attest to that.

We welcome all new runners; welcome to the TOXC family! And to all returning runners, welcome back. Keep up the hard work from years past and you’ll be amazed to see where you’ll get!

The 2022 Captains are: Matilda Fitzgerald, Baptiste Garderes, Natalie Martinez Isaack Garcia, Sara Guy

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Matilda Fitzgeraldimage2
Nickname: Tilda or mj
Favorite subject in school: English
Performance Most Proud of: Alumni run 2021!
Favorite Quote: “Champions are made when no one is watching”
Hidden talent: Playing the banjo!
When did you start running? What got you interested? I joined the local youth team in 6th grade because my brother had been running for a few years, and I loved running in phys ed at school.
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? Extremely positive. when I joined as a freshman, the team was super welcoming, and I have made some of my closest friends through TOXC. 
As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? To keep the girls team unified, and to focus on selflessness over selfish running.

Baptiste  Garderesimage5
Nickname: Bapo
Favorite Subject in school: Math
Performance most proud of: Don Green Invite
I’m really good at: Playing football
Favorite quote: “I find that the harder I work the more luck I have,” Thomas Jefferson
Hidden talent: Creating You Tube Videos
When did you start running? What got you interested? Freshman year my brother set me up into running but I stayed for the bond I created with teammates. 
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? Through my experience with TOXC I have created some of my best friends I have ever had. 
As a Captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? As a captain I envision as a team to qualify for nationals.

Natalie Martinezimage0
Favorite Subject in school: English
Performance most proud of: Woodbridge 2022
I’m really good at: Motiviating my team
Favorite Quote: “If you can dream it you can do it.”
Hidden Talent: I can clap pushup
When did you start running? What got you interested? I started running freshman year, my mom put me in the sport and I ended up loving it
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? Throughout the past 3 years I found myself becoming best friends with the most unlikely group of people. It helped me learn more about the sport that has now become a huge part of my life.
As a Captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? Being a captain for this season, I hope to inspire the girls, help them grow stronger as a team, and also help them crush their goals for this season. 

Isaack Garciaimage3
Nickname: Aang 
Favorite subject in school: History
Performance Most Proud of: VC Champs freshman year
Favorite Quote: “It’s  not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog”
Hidden talent: I sew
When did you start running? What got you interested? I started running freshman year. I loved the team environment and how much pain you could feel and still be okay.
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? My experience with TOXC has been the most fun on a sports team that I have had, and the most pain I have felt in a sport. 
As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? TI hope for the team to come together and work as one and for everyone to have growth on and off of running. 
Other: I can eat a 6×6 at an In N Out with fries and a shake

Sara Guyimage1

Nickname: Sara/Slara

Favorite subject in school: English

Performance most proud of: I broke 6:30 at my last track meet and improved by 12 seconds for my mile.

I’m really good at: Writing, drinking water, quoting movies

Favorite quote:  “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re probably right.” -Henry Ford

Hidden talent: Strong nails

When did you start running? What got you interested? I started freshman year because a family friend was a part of TOXC and I thought, “how hard could it be?”

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? BThousand Oaks cross county saved my life and has helped me become who I am today. It is a challenge but it is and was a challenge I needed.

As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? My goal is to make sure that my teammates know that they are capable. I also want my team to learn from and support one another.