King High Cross Country has been racing since 1999. Our core values spell an acronym: LIFE. We believe that XC is for “LIFE” — Learning, Integrity, Faithfulness and Excellence. In all aspects of our program we seek to use the sport of cross country to instill these values in the young people who choose to run with us.
Since 1999 when the boys Cross Country team won the first ever varsity league title of any sport at King, the Cross Country program has enjoyed tremendous success. The Girls team won ten straight League championships and they have been league winners in 13 out of the last 18 seasons, including in 2016. During the same time the boys have won six league championships; the most recent coming in 2015. Both teams have never missed a trip to the CIF prelims and 16 times, the boys and girls King Harriers have made it to CIF Finals. Notably, in King’s first year, 1999, the boys cross country team was the first of any varsity sport to not only win a league title, but also qualify for a CIF Finals. There have been six times that the Wolves qualified either an individual or a team to the California State Meet. Three times since 2009, King High Cross Country has had an athlete qualify for the Nike Cross National race.
Under Coach Peters’ tutelage, there have been 11 Wolves who were league MVP and another 5 who earned Riverside County Runners of the Year (see kingcrosscountry.com).
In 2014-15, Brad Peters was honored with the State CIF Model Coach Award, a yearly, distinguished honor bestowed on 12 coaches state-wide who embody the CIF motto of “Victory With Honor and Character Counts”. The honorees come all sports. In 2017 Peters’ name was added to the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame, Wall of Distinction.
Peters is also a long-time member of the CIF SS Advisory Committee for cross country.
Peters served as King’s first track coach and under his early leadership King won four league championships and the Girls finished 4th in CIF Division 2 in 2003. He has produced 36 individual league champions; 13 CIF Finalists; 2 CIF Champions, 2 CIF Runners-up, 3 All-State runners and 1 All-American. Combining his cross country and track record, Peters has well over 600 dual meet victories at King High School.
A King staff original and a U.S. History teacher, Peters came to Martin Luther King HS after an eight-year stint as head cross country coach at Ayala High School in Chino Hills. There, like at King, Peters was extremely successful. His 1992 boys team won the CIF Division 3 Championship and for 7 straight years, his girls team was undefeated in league action. During that time both his boys and girls teams made the CIF Finals every year. In 1995, his girl’s team was State runner-up and his boys and girls team produced five top 5 finishes at the state meet. His ’95 team was ranked 25th in the nation. Adding his dual meet victories from Ayala, Peters has accumulated an astounding 1000 wins.
Coach Peters attended Whittier Christian High School where he competed in cross country and track. He is a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton, earning both his B.A. and M.A in American Studies from that institution. He teaches U.S. History and has was the King High Teacher of the Year in 2000. He has been a competitor in road racing over the years, competing in a total of eight marathons, including the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996.
Coach Dan Peirce joined the staff in 2000. Dan originally came on staff “just to help” but has grown to become a full-fledged coach and upholds the core values and ethic of the program. Though he is often in the “background” his impact and influence on the team is tremendous and invaluable. Dan is THE MAN when it comes to organizing the many trips our program launches out into, and is renowned for his menus and kitchen organization during our week in Mammoth. He put together a perfect itinerary and did a tremendous amount of work for our first out-of-state trip, the Great American Cross Country trip in 2007. A teacher of history and government at King, his athletic background in high school was waterpolo.
He is married to Renee and has three children. He loves to travel or dream about traveling and is an accomplished cook. His grace, kindness and winsome spirit are gifts to all who know him.
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!
Carrie Soholt is a graduate of the 2011 class of King High School and an alum of the program. She had one of the most decorated and remarkable careers at King in the school’s history. She is one of the few to be awarded the Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, given to the one athlete who most embodied the character and style of servant-leadership embodied by Martin Luther King. She was a four year letter earner, a member of the 2009 girls State team, carried a 4.0 GPA and her name is visible on almost every “All Time” list we keep in both cross country and track.
She had a scholarship to compete at Biola University in La Mirada, which she did with continued distinction. She was an NAIA All American, Scholar Athlete and earned the “Champions of Character” award in track. On the track, she earned All American honors there as well as setting the Biola School Record for the half marathon, running 1:23 in 2014. She earned her degree in Kinesiology.
Carrie is nearing the completin of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific
Carrie still runs and competes and loves getting outdoors for recreation as often as possible.
Raelyn Werley, who gradutated from King in 2013 retuned to coach in the season of 2018. Raelyn was a standout performer during her time at King, earning the team MVP honors twice while competing well in both cross country and track. She was an integral part of four years of athletic excellence and was a member of King’s first team to advance to CIF State Champiionships. Despite her athletic accomplishments at King, her fondest memories are having fun at Mammoth Camp and gaining lifelong friendships.
She competed for the legendary American distance runner, Steve Scott during her four years at Cal State San Marcos. Scott’s leadership was revolutionary for the eager athlete, and Raelyn learned a great deal while improving and ultimately competing for the Cougars at the D2 Nationals her senior year. She notched PR’s of 17:05 for 5K, 10:04 for 3K and 35:54 for 10K. Coach Scott also selected her as team captain.
Raelyn graduated in 2018 with a degree in pyschology and is currently working on her Masters degree from CBU in Family Counseling. She works part time at The Grove Church’s Counseling and Community Center.
A lover of good coffee, conversation, running and reading, Raelyn’s experience and demeanor is a perfect fit for King High Cross Country.
Pedro Sandoval, is a graduate of Rubidoux High School, class of 2015. He had a very good career running for 4 years of running under Coach Keith Chann and lead his team to qualifying for the State meet in 2013 and 2014. He was a integral part in those teams by leading and managing the emotional and mental state of those teams. While running track for the Falcons, he was a part of a school record setting 4×800 squad. Sandoval graduated with high honors in his high school years and ended with a 4.0 GPA.
Pedro began coaching in 2015-2016 season after Chann retired and asked him to do the job. From 2015 through 2018, Sandoval guided the Falcons. During those years at Rubidoux Sandoval had success in both boys and girls with 5 boys league championships and 4 girls league championships, one state team, a state champion in Erik Gonzalez and two athletes that qualified for the Nike Nationals meet. A couple of school records were recorded during his tenure as well. Looking for a new challenge and learn from a different program and new atmosphere, he came on board at King in 2019.
Pedro earned an academic scholarship to UC Riverside and is currently working on his Master in psychology at UCR. In 2019 he graduated with his undergraduate degree in psychology.