2020 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 2020 Captains are: Emily Richmond, Michael Cooper, Kiara Benioff, Nathan Garderes, Katie Daniels, Raymond Warner, Mackenzie Kelley, Macy Rose Lee


Emily Richmond
Tallula captain 2018

Nickname: T

Favorite subject in school: A

I’m really good at: T

Theme song: M

Hidden talent: S

When did you start running? What got you interested?  I

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? M

As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? A

Other Comments: I


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Michael Cooper
Nickname: Coop
Favorite subject in school: History
Performance Most Proud of: Getting All-State Team
Favorite Theme Song: Someday -The Strokes
Hidden talent: Gamer God
When did you start running? What got you interested?


4th grade after seeing the London Olympics

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? One of a kind
As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? I want everyone to finish the season satisfied with that they were able to accomplish.

Kiara Benioffkiarab2019captain
Nickname: Kia
Favorite Subject in school: English
I’m really good at: Skiing
Performance most proud of: League Finals in the 800m this past track season
Favorite quote: “Don’t eat two Baja Fresh burritos before a race.” -Kiara Benioff
Hidden talent: Knitting
When did you start running?What got you interested? I started running my freshman year when my friends Maycie and Katie convinced me to try it with them.
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? Always having a good time with the girls running all over Thousand Oaks
As a Captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? Having a lot of fun everyday and kicking butt on our way to State.

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Nathan Garderes
Nickname: B
Favorite Subject in school: M
I’m really good at: C
Performance most proud of: C
Favorite Quote: 
Theme Song: 
Hidden Talent: P
When did you start running?What got you interested? I
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? M
As a Captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? A
Other Comments: 

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Nickname: Kate
Favorite subject in school: Biology
I’m really good at: Baking!
Performance I’m most proud of: 1600 PR during this past track season
Favorite Quote: “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” -Hafez
Theme song: Hundred by Khali
When did you start running? What got you interested?: I started running my Freshmen year of high school. I had never run before but decided to try it as my sport. It’s the best decision I ever made. This team has become a family to me, and I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in.
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country?: TOXC is truly an amazing program. You will meet some of the nicest, hardworking people ever. You will also gain so much strength, physically and mentally. This sport has helped me become the strongest, most confident version of myself and taught me so many life skills that I will carry with me through college and beyond.
As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season?: I am ready to help this team succeed. No matter your speed or ability you will have the chance to achieve amazing things, and I want to make sure that I help every athlete get there. Being a positive influence and role model to the team is important, and will help guide the team to outstanding things.
Other Comments: I can’t wait for an amazing season with this team and see all the awesome things we will accomplish!!

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Nickname: ”

Favorite subject in school: S

I’m really good at: M

Favorite Quote: ”

Hidden talent: Walk and chew gum at the same time

When did you start running? What got you interested?  W

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country?: I

As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? I

Other Comments: I


Mackenzie Kelleymackelleycaptain 2019

Nickname: Mack or Mack Attack

Favorite subject in school: English

I’m really good at: I’m really good at cooking. I love to finding new and healthy ways to fuel my body before a race or tough workout.

Performance most proud of: My Woodbridge race freshman yar. During this race, I learned that in order to push yourself and PR, you must not set your limits based on what you have already accomplished, but what you think you can do in the future.

Favorite Quote: “On the other side of your fear is your freedom”

Hidden talent: I also horseback ride competitively!

When did you start running? What got you interested?  In middle school, I would always see the XC team running and thought that it looked fun. I started running the summer before my 8th grade year and instantly fell in love with the sport and racing. Before I found XC, I had done a large variety of sports such as soccer, dance, horseback riding, wrestling, and others. Once I began to run, I realized what I had been missing and that I wanted to run competitively in high school.

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? My experience with TOXC has been nothing but phenomenal. I have found my closest friends on this team and we have become a family that stands by one another through injury and tough times. I have also learned that hard work pays off, whether it be in running or life.

As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? My goals for the new 2019 TOXC season is to see our team grow even closer than we already are. I want the incoming runners to feel like the team is their new TOHS family and for everyone to feel excited to come out to practice everyday and work hard. Finally, I want to make sure that everyone continues to have fun and love the sport while working hard.

Other Comments: If you are an incoming freshman, don’t be intimidated by the returners. We are all very excited for you to be joining our team and can’t wait to see where your freshman year will take you! In addition, if anyone is having issues personal or running related, I am always available to try and help you figure out what your going through. I can’t wait to see where this new season will take us!!


Macy Rose

Nickname: M

Favorite subject in school: E

I’m really good at: I

Performance most proud of: M

Favorite Quote: ”

Hidden talent: I

When did you start running? What got you interested?  I

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? M

As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? M

Other Comments: I