King High Cross Country has been racing since 1999.
Coach Jim Griesinger is father to seven children and was the first on-board to help start the program in 1999. He has been a steady contributor to all the good that has come to King cross country since the program’s inception. He was a runner for most of his adult years, and during the first decade of the 21st century, he competed in several marathons, running the San Diego, Las Vegas, Michigan, San Francisco and Boston Marathons during a span of less than 10 years.
His younger kids were part of the program with Steve (‘02), Diane (’03), James (‘05), and Mary (’06) all competing at one time for the King Wolves. He is now retired and enjoys doing construction work for clients and fishing the local lakes in his spare time. He’s also a huge Angels fans and enjoys season tickets to watch the Halos!
Dalton is another track coach who hails from King High; he’s a graduate of the class of 2015. Dalton was a passionate distance runner and team member during his four years of running track and cross country for the Wolves, and started his coaching career with King in the Fall of 2021 with Cross Country and Spring of ‘22 in track and field where he will help oversee the distance events.
He burst on the scene his freshman year of high school. He lettered in cross country, but in track that year he came within seconds of breaking the long-held (it had stood since 2000) freshman 3200 meter school record. He’d go on to notch PR’s under the King singlet of 2:00/4:28, marks that still sit in the top 15 All Time in King’s history. Dalton’s talent and passion for the sport was on display right from the start and fashioned for himself an excellent high school career.
Working full time for Lasertech in Riverside hasn’t kept him from pursuing competitive running since graduating from King. Since his high school days, Dalton has been a member of the highly respected Calcoast Track Club based out of Orange County. Racing both the track and the roads, he’s improved on his quality high school marks by running PR’s of 1:56 800, 4:08 1600, and 26:59 8k.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Brianna Jacklin (also class of ’15), the two welcomed their first child into the world in the Fall of 2021. When Dalton is not running, he enjoys spending his time either camping or at the lake with his friends and family. He is very enthusiastic and loves the sport of running. Still competes at local 5ks and 10ks and races when he cans! He is also a Dodgers and LA Chargers Fan!
Tyler Janes has had a long history with MLK Cross Country. At the age of four he would accompany his father, an assistant coach during the early years of the program, to practices and meets. Starting at a young age, running has been a major influence in his life. Tyler Janes was and is one of the most accomplished athletes to have competed in King High Track and Field. Varsity during all four years, his senior year (class of ‘16) saw him set the 1600 meter school record at 4:04.33 and the second-fastest 3200 time (8:56.93) in school history. He was also the Division 1 CIF Champion in the 3200 meters that season.
At the State Championship that season, he doubled in the 1600 and 3200 and ran 4:05 and 8:56, earning podium finishes in both events. More impressively, his marks in those two races stood as the third fastest 16/32double in the State meet’s 98 year history. He’d go on to compete at UCLA and at Biola University during his collegiate career.
Currently working on his Masters Degree at Biola in Education Coach Janes’ career goal is to teach at the high school level and continue coaching.
Jessica Ferguson is a King High grad (class of 2016) and during her time on the cross country and track teams showed incredible improvement over the years and finished as one of King High’s best 800 meter runners in school history. In fact, her 2:21.15 stands as the #7 time since the program started in 2000.
Jessica graduated from CSU San Marcos with my B.A. in Sociology in 2020, where she also competed for 2.5 years. She is continuing her graduate work at CBU, with the goal to earn a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology.
Her favorite moments while at King were qualifing to CIF in the 800m in 2015 and earning her second 2nd Wolfpack Pride award (given to an athlete who exemplified team spirit, hard work and “the three C’s”) in 2016 from Coach Corona.
She joins the coaching ranks in 2021-22 in both cross country and track but looks forward to investing in the team and imparting the knowledge and experience she gained on training and recovering from injury while encouraging the team toward becoming stronger distance runners.