Eric attended high school and college in Nebraska before joining the Aggies in 2014. He is currently competing for the club from afar in Lincoln, NE where he is working on his PhD in Biology. Eric says, "I am drawn to running for reasons of simplicity and the curiosity of pushing the human aerobic threshold. There is nothing more objective and satisfying than a foot race and a clock motivated by a personal vendetta."
Jessica grew up in Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s degree at Saginaw Valley State University. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern Indiana, obtaining her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. While at USI, Jessica earned NCAA Div II All-American honors in Cross Country, placing 9th at the National meet her senior season. Jessica joined the Aggies in late fall, 2018. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as an Occupational Therapist in a pediatric setting. Aside from running, Jessica is enthusiastic about her yoga practice.
Kota grew up on the island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay. After competing collegiately for UC San Diego and the University of Puget Sound, he began pursuing the marathon distance. He raced the Boston Marathon in 2009, finishing a few steps in front of Kevin Pierpoint (KP) and ending up on a massage table next to Reed Lyon. Four weeks later, KP convinced him to run with the Bay to Breakers Aggie centipede team. For the next few years, the Aggies inspired him to run 100+ mile weeks and hang out for beers afterwards. Now, he runs mostly to keep up with his wife Liza. And for the beers.
Kota works as a Physical Therapist at Stanford Hospital and is also pursuing a MBA at UC Berkeley.
Liza grew up in Half Moon Bay, California and began running in high school. Previously, she was an avid ballet dancer and had never participated in a team/school sport. After competing for UC Santa Barbara during her college years, she found her way onto the Aggies via the Bay to Breakers Centipede - the rest is history. She continues to run today because it provides a balance to her work and social life. Liza has a master's in Molecular Biology and conducts Clinical Research in the field of Neonatology at Stanford University.
Phil grew up in Oxnard, CA where he started running at the age of 5 for the local youth track club, the Oxnard Stars. Currently, Phil lives with his wife Krista and their dog Lucy in San Luis Obispo where they are both local teachers. When not running or working, he enjoys traveling with Krista; taking Lucy for walks; going to Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyonce, or Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts; and relaxing. Phil says, “I have very much enjoyed connecting with coaches, teammates, and supporters over the years and look forward to more great running adventures.”
Sergio joined the Aggies in 2003 and has improved considerably over the years, becoming a frequent and consistent racer. He holds degrees in Engineering from Cedarville University (BSEE) and Cal State Northridge (MSEE). Sergio lives in Palmdale with his wife and son, working as a Flight Test Engineer.
Sergio says, "Running has been in the blood since I could remember. As a kid it took me to nearby mountain tops and scenic vistas and as an adult around the country and beyond. It's had its highs and its lows, but I wouldn't trade them as they helped shaped the rest of who I am. I hope to finish my remaining years at the most competitive level that I can be, but I will always enjoy the exhilarating thrill of exploring new trails and routes, especially when things are clicking."
Dustyn grew up in rural Humboldt County, CA and started running at 14 years old in the redwood forest with some good friends. He is a first generation college student & athlete. Dustyn graduated from Humboldt State University in 2018 with BA in Psychology and joined the Aggies following graduation.
Erika started running in high school to be social with friends, but ended up falling in love with the sport. She ran for Santa Barbara City College prior to competing for Cal Poly, where she graduated from in 2014. Erika loves being outside as much as possible and finds running to be a great way to explore the outdoors. She has done many other outdoor activities as well: riding horses, backpacking with her dad, and most recently paddle boarding; however, running will always be first in her heart. Erika lives in San Luis Obispo and works as a veterinarian technician.
Gordon joined the Aggies in 2013 after competing for Cuesta College in Cross Country & Track. He lives in Paso Robles. Gordon is well known amongst club members as being friendly and, no matter how you finished, always asking after a race, "Did you have fun?"
Allie started running after she didn't make the JV soccer team her freshman year of high school. She grew to love the thrill of competition and bettering herself as a runner. Allie attended Cal Poly SLO, where she completed a degree in Kinesiology and competed in the middle distances for the Mustangs. She is now working as a Online Customer Service Representative at Running Warehouse and coaching at Cuesta College. Allie says, "I never imagined that I would be given the opportunity to run collegiately, let alone post-collegiately! I'm going to keep chasing that runners high for as long as I can."
Darius joined the Aggies in 2014, a year after graduating from Arizona State University. As a Sun Devil, he earned All-American honors in the 1500m. He now resides in Santa Barbara and is an Assistant Coach at UC Santa Barbara. Darius says that he is drawn to running because, "I am a very competitive person, and I love the thrill of racing, especially winning. Also, [running] is a sport where you can continue to improve if you are willing to put in the work."
Joe was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He started running to get into shape for the high school basketball season. Joe soon discovered he was pretty good at running, and went on to compete for the University of Texas, Austin where he had a decorated career, despite some injuries early on. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and now lives in Grover Beach, CA working as a Footwear Buyer. He is motivated by his wife (fellow Aggie Kara June Thorne) and two children.
Kara graduated from CSU Fresno in 2005 and shortly after joined the Aggies. After a hiatus from the club to compete professionally as a member of Team Rogue Elite in Austin, Texas and to start a family, she has returned to compete for the Aggies. Kara lives in Grover Beach with her husband Joe (also an Aggie) and two kids.
Kevin fell in love with distance running after completing a half-marathon when he was in 8th grade. He says, "there's nothing better than that camaraderie feeling with your teammates after a hard workout or a race. No matter how fast you are, your teammates will always be there to cheer you on. For me, that means everything."
Kevin holds a Bachelors degree from San Jose State in Systems Physiology and a Masters in Stem Cell Research from Cal Poly SLO. He joined the Aggies in 2013 and currently lives in San Jose where he works as a Scientist.
Shyan graduated from UCSB in 2016 where he enjoyed a successful Track and Cross Country career. Shyan enjoys all aspects of the sport from the community, to the competition, to the lessons it can teach. He hopes that running remains a part of his life for many years to come.