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: Nate
Favorite Subject in school: Spanish
I’m really good at: Learning new languages.
Performance most proud of: League Finals at Agoura Freshman Year
Favorite Quote: “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile” – Zig Ziglar
When did you start running?What got you interested? I started running in middle school where I was part of the cross country team. I became interested in running after running a local race every year that my elementary school hosted and saw potential in myself.
How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? I’ve had a wonderful experience with the Thousand Oaks Cross Country program during the last three years. Our tightly-knit program allowed me to create memorable friendships with my teammates which I am ever so grateful for. Additionally, I am thankful for the life skills that this program has taught especially about hard work, selflessness and belief which are the core pillars of our program.
As a Captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? During my last year with the program, my goals are the team are as follows. First, I would like the team to grow closer as a family as we welcome the new freshman. Secondly, I would like all my teammates to put the hardest efforts into the training this season and at the same time have an enormous amount of fun.
Other Comments: Remember to always have fun but put your maximum effort into improving yourself physically and mentally

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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 Lee

Nickname: Mace

Favorite subject in school: English

I’m really good at: Making pizza

Performance most proud of: Either CIF Prelims Junior year or Mt Sac Junior year

Favorite Quote: “Fear doesn’t shut you down it wakes you up”

Hidden talent: Skiing or Snowboarding

When did you start running? What got you interested?  I started running my freshman year of high school. I joined because I had just quit soccer and needed a sport. My algebra 1 teacher in 8th grade was the head cross country coach at my school at the time (La Reina) and convinced me to come check it out over the summer. After about a month, and our team trip to Mammoth, I fell in love with the team and the sport.

How would you describe your experience with Thousand Oaks Cross Country? M It is one big family. I came into TO my junior year and was extremely nervous to be switching schools. This team took me in and made the transition so fun and easy

As a captain, what are your goals for the team going into the TOXC season? My goal is to keep the running experience fun and exciting each day for my teammates.  I also want to continue to motivate everyone to be the best athlete they can be on the road to state!

Other Comments: I know these are crazy times due to COVID but this team has truly made it special. Being able to practice each day is incredible whether it’s virtual or in person! I never want to loose the bonds that I have created with my teammates.