Kim Toth takes over as Bulldogs’ girls cross country coach
by Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s cross country program will have separate girls and boys coaches this year, and Kim Toth will lead the Bulldog girls.
Practice began in mid-August, inaugurating Toth’s career as Ramona’s coach.
“It’s a really great bunch of girls,” she said. “I’ve got a really good core group. I think they’re going to help push the other girls along.”
After the second week of practice, Toth had eight regular runners and about a dozen runners altogether, which is not enough for the Bulldogs to field a junior varsity team. Toth is hoping to see additional participation in the girls program.
Seniors Lauren Cortez and Caitlin Choy will be Ramona’s captains this year. Although this is Toth’s first season coaching the Bulldogs, she is familiar with Cortez’s family as she has coached Cortez’s younger sister on the San Diego So Cal Roadrunners club.
That affiliation with the Cortez family led to the offer to have Toth coach the Bulldogs.
“They had been talking about maybe getting a girls coach in there,” Toth said.
Toth’s name was submitted to Ramona High’s athletic director, Damon Baldwin, and she ultimately was hired.
“I’m very excited about it,” Toth said. “Just to be considered for the position was such a great honor, and to be hired is very exciting.”
Steve Albanese, who had coached the boys and the girls for the previous three seasons, will continue to coach the boys, and having separate coaches will allow the two teams to train at optimal levels for each.
Toth and Albanese may hold some workouts together.
“It challenges some of the girls,” Toth said. “…It’s nice for them to feed off each other,” Toth said.
Toth was raised in Point Loma. She played volleyball at Sacred Heart, the Catholic school in Ocean Beach, but focused on academics and Associated Student Body activity at Our Lady of Peace and did not play any sports there.
Toth ran track at Mesa College and then took up weightlifting. She returned to running after taking the club coaching job four years ago.
The San Diego So Cal Roadrunners coaching staff also includes Mike Mena, who is the head track and field coach at Orange Glen High School. Mena invited Toth to serve as an assistant coach for the Patriots in 2011, giving Toth her high school coaching debut. Toth coached hurdles and sprints for Orange Glen.
Toth has lived in Ramona for the past 15 years. Her daughters are 16 and 13 and both attend Mountain Valley Academy. Her 13-year-old daughter runs for San Diego So Cal Roadrunners.
Although Toth will work with Albanese, she will have her own training itinerary.
“Every coach coaches a little bit differently,” she said. “We’ll grow as a team together.”
The Bulldogs will open their cross country season Sept. 3 with the Vaquero Stampede in Lakeside.
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