Dominique Ruotolo is Here

With Tara Davis now at the collegiate level who will be the face of CA track and field this season? Many names come to mind but one is quickly emerging, Dominique Ruotolo. Ruotolo took last season off from Mater Dei because of personal reasons. Ruotolo was home-schooled but still continued to train and compete with Keinan Briggs (Mater Dei Jumps Coach). Ruotolo competed for Briggs’ club team The LEAP Squad Youth Club and it really paid off.
Ruotolo was the CA Winter Triple Jump Champion with her leap of 39’2, a two foot improvement from her previous personal best her sophomore season. Her success did not stop there. Ruotolo placed 10th at the New Balance Indoor Nationals and 9th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. She even competed at collegiate meets where she held her own winning the Cal State LA Invite, the University of Redlands Invite, and placed 3rd at the Mt. SAC Relays. Ruotolo qualified for the USATF U20 Nationals where she hit a new personal best of 41’7 placing 3rd overall. Ruotolo is the first Orange County girl since 2001 to break the 40′ barrier set by Michelle Sanford (Woodbridge).
Ruotolo success doesn’t stop there, she is also a 19’0 long jumper and a 5’7 high jumper. Ruotolo is back at Mater Dei and looking to have a very successful season. She has offers from LSU, Nebraska, CAL and interest from Arizona, Oregon, Washington and many more. This video just shows how well her off-season has been thus far. Keep an eye out for the Mater Dei LEAP Squad and Dominique Ruotolo. Video via @keinanbriggs and

Maggie Quiroz Set New Expectations

Maggie “Ma-gret” Quiroz is a entering her third season on the Mater Dei LEAP Squad. Quiroz is a senior looking to continue her improvements and compete at the collegiate level. As a sophomore she had a solid season but wanted more. Her junior year she put in the work during the off-season and finished her year with huge improvements. She went from 31’7 to 33’8 in the triple jump and 13’7 to 16’1 in the long jump. This season being her third season ever, she plans to produce some big numbers.

“I see a lot of potential in her. This off-season she has continued to work hard and get stronger in the weight room. I can’t wait to watch her compete.” Said coach Briggs


Ben Hepner is a Triple Threat

El Modena’s Junior student-athlete Ben Hepner is shining on and off the track. Hepner is having an amazing year as the varsity corner for El Modena with 30 tackles and 2 INTs. He and his team play this Friday in the first round of CIF playoffs. Hepner is also a great track and field athlete, as a youth Hepner was the USATF J.O. 13-14 Triple Jump Regional Champion and a Nationals participant. His training with the LEAP Squad youth track club prepared him well for high school sports. Hepner is ranked CA #7 in the 110HH for the class of “19. Off the track Hepner holds a 4.4 GPA and his days away from attaining his goal of Eagle Scout. Hepner is the example of success.

Jaron Osborne


Name: Jaron Osborne

Height: 6’1

School: Sunny Hills

Class of: ’19

Position: Hurdles

Hometown: Fullerton

Personal best marks: 110HH 16.26, 300IH 42.73

Accomplishments: 2x Freeway league champion

Personal: Goals are to compete in college and keep his GPA at 3.5

Sophia Chiaramonte


Name: Sophia Chiaramonte

Height: 5’4

School: Mater Dei

Class of: ’19

Position: Jumps and Sprints

Hometown: Santa Ana

Personal best marks: Long Jump 18’6.25, High Jump 5’3, Triple Jump 36’1


Youth: USATF J.O. Nationals qualifier in the triple and high jump

2016: Battled a hamstring injury most of the year finished with a high jump pr of 5’1 and long jump 16’1

2017: CIF DII Champion 4×1, OC Champion Long jump, Mater Dei school record holder long jump 18’6.25, CIF State Qualifier. First Team all county. South County Classic long jump meet record

Personal: Parents Gina and Tony Chiaramonte  and has a twin brother Anthony. Her goal is to win state.

LEAPing To Success

Maddie Lyon of Woodbridge and Sophia Chiaramonte of Mater Dei made some noise last year as underclassmen and expect to make a lot more this season. Madison Lyon (left) class of ‘20 is an all-around talent with notable personal bests of CA #1 18’4 (long jump), CA #2 37’1 (triple jump), CA #6 15.33 (100 hurdles). Sophia Chiaramonte class of ‘19 is a threat with personal bests of CA # 5 18’6.25 (long jump) and 5’3 (high jump).

Both Lyon and Chiaramonte have been members of the LEAP Squad Track Club for the past 3 seasons.

“They have improved so much, it’s exciting to see their successes but we are not done.” Said LEAP Squad founder and head coach Keinan Briggs.


Keinan Briggs Orange County Track and Field Training

Looking for a Track and Field jumps Coach in Orange County? Keinan Briggs is one of the best. This season marks his 7th year as the Mater Dei head jumps coach and 6th eason of his LEAP Squad Youth Track Club. As the head jumps coach at Mater Dei Keinan has helped develop 20 collegiate track and field athletes, sending athletes to CAL, UCLA, TCU, UCI, UCSB, SDSU, SFSU, and La Verne. Briggs has coached many of the top CA jumpers.


Briggs’ youth track club, The LEAP Squad Track Club is based in central Orange County and has produced some of OC’s top middle school athletes leading into their perspective high schools. Last year’s LEAP Squad team produced 10 Junior Olympic National qualifiers, 2 triple jump regional champions, and broke 2 meet records. LEAP Squad athletes have been earning a varsity spot when they arrive to their high schools as Freshmen.

Briggs’ philosophy is very simple, when you teach the athletes how to be successful in every aspect of life, winning comes easy. Briggs is very passionate and knowledgeable in all areas and has created a detail year-round training program for ages 6-18.

2015 lstc indoor teamBriggs is well respected in the community and is on the board on the Irvine Children’s Fund. Briggs offers a yearly track and field clinic for the kids of Irvine and holds a track and field academy in the spring for all kids grades 1-8. Make sure to visit his YouTube Channel for weekly training tips and coaching concepts daily during the week.

Briggs was a standout prep athlete in football, basketball, and track and field. Briggs kept his focus on track and field taking his talents to Orange Coast College where he became the Male Athlete of The Year. Briggs later attended Cal State Los Angeles where he continued is athletic success ranking among the Nation’s best hurdlers and triple jumpers. Later Briggs competed professionally as a triple jumper for 2XU becoming a 2X USA Track and Field National competitor placing 13th in the US Outdoor Championships 2010 and 6th the following year in the Indoor Championships. Briggs has trained under and competed against some of the world best coaches and athletes. Now he is on a mission to pass his knowledge to our next generation.

The LEAP Squad Track Club trains Monday and Wednesday’s at Mater Dei high school 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Join today, season starts January 2018.


LEAP Squad Track Club Off-Season Conditioning

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The LEAP Squad Track Club, Orange County’s premier track club just got better, expanding to pole vault, distance, hurdles, and relays. Training is offered year-round for ages 6-18. Now through December we train, in the winter we develop, and in the spring we compete. Practices are Monday’s and Wednesday’s 630pm to 8pm at Mater dei high in Santa Ana. Join today! For more info call 657-400-LEAP, email or visit


The Return of Dominique Ruotolo to High School

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Not form anything of the negative but from home-school. This 2017 year Dominique and her brother Titan were stuck with home-schooling because of a family emergency which left them financially unable to attend Mater Dei.

Coaches have asked where she has come from because they haven’t read anything in the paper nor have they seen her at any high school events. Well, the answer I give them is our local prep contributors chose not to shine the light on her but numbers speak loudly.

 Dominique competed well hitting huge marks this season at big meets:Dominique Ruotolo New Balance Outdoors

CA Winter Triple Jump Champion

Cal State LA Triple Jump Champion

Redlands “Last Chance” Triple Jump Champion

USATF So. Cal. Association Champion

New Balance Indoor Nationals 10th

New Balance Outdoor Nationals 9th

USATF Jr. Nationals 3rd (Pan Am Alternate)

Looking onto next year Ruotolo is set up to do some damage as she is the first Orange County jumper to break 40’ since Michelle Sanford of Woodbridge (2001). Her current marks not only lead the county but are strong in CIF and State. Based on her yearly progressions her possibilities are endless.



Where did Dominique Ruotolo come from?

domi nbon 2Dominique Ruotolo has been around. Ruotolo has attended Mater Dei high school. Her freshman and sophomore year she competed very well but had been in the shadows awaiting for her moment. As a freshman Ruotolo was the Orange County Triple Jump Champion, Trinity League high jump and Triple Jump Champion. Her Freshman personal best marks were 5’3 (high jump), 37’6 (triple jump), and 17’3 (long jump) which are some solid all-around marks. Her sophomore year she improved to 5’6, 37’8, and 18’1 but dealt with a foot injury late in season. Going into her Junior year a family emergency left her family financially unable to cover the cost for 2 kids at Mater Dei and 3 others in college. The decision was made to home-school both Dominique and her brother Titan. Both Dominique and Titan competed for the LEAP Squad Youth Track Club during the high school season, a team which is coached by Keinan Briggs who is also the Mater Dei jumps coach.

The plan to do club track and keep Dominique in a track and field rythym paid off. Dominique improved her marks to 5’7, 40’8, and 19’0. Ruotolo was the CA High School Winter Triple Jump Champion, won two collegiate invitationals, and placed 3rd at the highly competitive Mt. SAC Invitational collegiate section triple jump. Ruotolo placed 10th (39’0) at the New Balance Indoors and 9th (40’6) at the New Balance Outdoors. Today she competed in the long jump championship section placing 5th in her section (18’6). Ruotolo’s final meet is at the USATF Jr. Nationals in Sacramento.Dominique Ruotolo 2016

Ruotolo’s 40’ jump is monumental, she is the first Orange County Triple Jumper to break 40’ since Michelle Sanford of Woodbridge in 2001. Ruotolo is just a rising Senior and expects to make a few changes to the history books for the the county, state, and nation.

So, to answer the question of where did she come from? She has been here.

Mater Dei’s Sophia Chiaramonte: OC’s Long Jump Queen

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Sophia Chiaramonte, a talented young sophomore took the long jump crown this 2017 season among some stiff competition. Chiaramonte broke the 18 foot barrier at the South county classic early March braking the meet record. A few weeks later she leaped a Mater Dei school record of 18’6.25 at the Arcadia invitational. Chiaramonte kept her winning ways through the season winning the OC Long jump championship. Her only OC Long Jump loss came at the Trinity League Finals where she fell short by ½ of an inch to Santa Margarita’s Elizabeth Weeks. Chiaramonte bounced back qualifying her way through each round of CIF advancing to the State prelims where her magical sophomore season ended. Chiaramonte finished 16th overall  in the State. Her mark of 18’6.25 is the number 24 Orange County best long jump of all-time, the 4th best ever by a sophomore all-time and number 6 among all sophomores in CA. Screenshot_20170611-122723 IMG_20170612_130058_886

Sophia Chiaramonte OC Long Jump Champion


sophiaMater Dei LEAP Squad Sophomore Sophia Chiaramonte had the best long jump mark in Orange County all season and in a head to head competition Chiaramonte proved she is the best with her winning mark of 18’2.50. Chiaramonte’s mark is very impressive because if she were to compete at the Frosh/Soph level she would have smashed the record by over half a foot. Chiaramonte is a vital part of the Mater Dei varsity relay team which had her competing on varsity. This long jump championship is number two for Chiaramonte, she was the Frosh/Soph high jump champion last year at 5’1.

Chiaramonte had a solid meet overall competing in 4 events, she ran on the 4×1 relay which placed second (47.58) behind the powerful Santa Margarita, 5th in the high jump (5’0), 7th in the triple jump 36’1.25, and 1st in the long jump 18’2.50. Now Chiaramonte has her mind on performing well through the Championship season and the CIF State meet.

Mater Dei LEAP Squad Vs. Orange County

The Mater Dei LEAP Squad is looking strong yet again, what can we expect out of tomorrow’s Orange County Championship?

Long Jump:

Sophomore Sophia Chiaramonte is the leading long jumper in the county with her leap of 18’6.25, she is the favorite to win but Elizabeth Weeks of Santa Margarita 18’3, Madison Lyon of Woodbridge 18’2, and Kellie May of Northwood 18’1 are literally inches away. Don’t forget Mater Dei has two other athletes in the mix, Bianca James 17’7 and Kelli Godin 17’6 are within reach of that 18’ barrier, things could get interesting.

Triple Jump:

Bianca James is in the conversation of a triple jump championship she is the 3rd seed with a mark of 37’9. The county lead goes to Elizabeth Weeks 38’11 with Emily Garner right on her heels with her mark of 38’6.

Sophia Chiaramonte and Bianca James

(Left) Sophia Chiaramonte and (Right) Bianca James

Mater Dei’s new addition Anthony Salazar (Sophomore) is quickly understanding the triple jump and is the #2 Frosh / Soph jumper with his mark if 43’11. He has a great chance to make a name for himself.

This meet will meet fun and exciting. More information about the meet can be found at


A Bitter-Sweet Loss

Elizabeth WeeksSanta Margarita Senior Elizabeth Weeks lost her first triple jump competition of the 2017 season at the Trabuco Hills Invitational. This first lost was bitter-sweet considering Weeks set two new personal bests in the competition. Entering the long jump Weeks had a personal best of 17’0, exiting the competition Weeks improved her personal best to 18’1.50.

“I’m not that confident in the long jump but I knew a big jump meant I was probably going to jump far in the triple too,” said Weeks.

And jump far she did. Weeks not only set a new personal best at 38’11 she broke the meet record of 38’10.25 by Kimarie Black (Long Beach Poly 2004) however Micah Fulton of Muir high school jumped 39’5 taking the triple jump crown and meet record. When reminded of her 1st loss in the triple Weeks replied, “Yeah…,” with a subtle smirk.

Weeks’ mark of 38’11 ranks her #10 all-time in OC. She is a member of the LEAP Squad track club, led by Keinan Briggs which has now produced 3 of the top 15 all-time county triple jumpers.


Who is Sophia Chiaramonte?

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Let’s first start by pronouncing her name correctly, Sophia (Sher-ra-mon-tay). Chiaramonte is a Sophomore at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. She is yet another talent to come out of the Mater Dei LEAP Squad program led by coach Keinan Briggs. Standing at 5’4 Sophia is always one of the shortest athletes in competition but she is a beast, definitely an athlete you need to see compete in person. This year has been her breakout year, the perfect way to bounce back. Sophia was disrupted her Freshman year with a nagging hamstring injury, she still competed but was limited to the high jump and a few long jump competitions towards the end of season. Sophia was the OC Frosh/Soph High Jump Champion with a clearance of 5’1.

Now healthy, Sophia is lighting up the track in every event she touches. Sophia’s marks as of today are, high jump 5’3 CA #14, triple jump 36’0 CA #7, and long jump 18’1 which ranks her CA #2 behind a well known Tierra Cockrell. (Rankings for the class of ‘19 via

“This girl is very mature and easy to coach. Sophia is developing very well and understanding what is needed from her on a daily.” said coach Briggs

“I really want to break the school record,” said Chiaramonte.

The Mater Dei School record is 18’4 ¾ set by Ashley Voisinet back in 2003. Sophia Chiaramonte will be competing in the long jump in the Saturday day event at Arcadia, this event should be a great place to do it.



Dominique Ruotolo Skies Over 5’7 to a New Personal Best in the High Jump

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Two weeks after her 10th place finish in the triple jump at the New Balance Indoor Championships, Dominique Rutolo hit another respectable mark but this time in the high jump at the LA Jets Relay Carnival at Cerritos College. Dominique’s clearance of 5’7 ranks her CA #4 and top 10 in the US for the class of (‘18) via

“It was really exciting, I almost had 5’9,” said Ruotolo.

Ruotolo’s last high jump was May of 2016, she suffered a high jump related injury which kept her away from the event this winter.  Today was Ruotolo’s first time jumping since May 2016 and Ruotolo seems to be back and in better shape.

“I have Domi(nique) set goals every year and this year her goals were to jump 20’ (long jump), 40’ (triple jump), and 6’ (high jump). With her performances thus far I am confident we will hit those marks well before this season is over,” said her coach Keinan Briggs

Ruotolo’s clearance of 5’7 is just 2” shy of qualifying for the US Junior National Championships held June. Ruotolo is one of many athletes excelling on the track, keep an eye on all of Briggs’ athletes via YouTube, Instagram, and