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!
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 a national ranked athlete Kevin Ramos that qualified for the Nike Nationals meet. A couple of school records were recorded during his tenure at Rubidoux. Looking for a new challenge and learn from a different program and new atmosphere, he came on board at King in 2019 and learned from great coaches like Brad Peters, John Corona and Dan Pierce. He took over the Head Coach title upon Coach Peters’ retirement in 2021.
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.
Coach Dalton Seckinger is a King High graduate of 2015. 4 year cross country and track athlete. Ran at Riverside City College for a short time before joining Cal Coast in 2016. Dalton married his high school sweetheart who also ran for King. 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. During his time at King, he saw many successes in both cross country and track and field. His achievements at King include a CIF championship in the 3200 meters and four state qualifying appearances. He is also the current 1600 meters school record holder at King with a time of 4:04! He later saw his efforts take him to UCLA where he ran four year of track and cross country for the Bruins. Tyler Janes is currently working towards a master’s degree in special education at Biola University.