'86 Boys 400 - Meter Relay Team

Vincent Aguilar ’86, Jeff Chimienti ’87, Dan Osanna ’87, Michael Souza ’86, Martin West ’86, and Joseph Farrish ’86
Inducted by Matt O’Brien Coaches: Matt O’Brien, Phil Wilder

Moreau High School was known as a top track and field school in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. By the mid ‘80’s, the team’s talent focused primarily on sprinting due, in large part, to the men who are being honored this evening. Under the tutelage of Coach Matt O’Brien, these sprinters established new goals, set an example of hard work and dedication, and wrote new entries in the Moreau Track and Field record book. In 1986 the Relay Team accomplished the ultimate goal for high school track athletes by winning the Catholic Athletic League (CAL), the North Coast Section and the Meet of Champions, earning them a trip to the California State Track and Field Meet. The 400 meter Boys Relay Team’s record of 42.1 stands today along with the record set by Jeff Chimienti of 48.4 in the 400 meter race. These young men were also instrumental in preparing the Mariner Track and Field team for the final CAL championship before the league was disbanded and the teams reassigned to other leagues throughout the Bay Area.

 

Coach Matt O’Brien

Matt joined the Mariner community in 1983 and quickly established himself as one of the top sprint coaches in the East Bay. He is especially proud of the boys’ CAL Championship in 1986 and the girls’ Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Championship in 1989. Matt’s athletes remember him as a coach who motivated them to perform at their best both on and off the track. He worked his athletes hard, but always found a way to make workouts a joyful competition. Matt currently lives on the East Coast with his wife and 14-year old son. He is a construction project manager and is currently working on renovating the Elephant House at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

 

Vince Aguilar ’86 Vince

was a proud member of the Mariner Track Team and competed in the hurdle, relay, and sprint events. He was the third leg in the Meet of Champions 4x100 meter relay and remembers running against Steve Lewis, two time Gold Medal Olympian, and out-pacing him. He set a school record in the 110 high hurdles and was an important member of the CAL Championship Track Team. Through Coach O’Brien’s mentoring, Vince learned that “dedication to excellence and victory strengthen a man’s will and mark his destiny throughout life.” Vince attended the University of San Francisco where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration, followed by an MA in Psychology from Chapman University. His is married with two sons and a daughter. Vince works as a Clinical Psychotherapist/ Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. He is currently trains his two young sons in middle distance events in the hopes of continuing the Aguilar family athletic legacy.

 

Jeff Chimienti ’87 Jeff

was known as the “fastest boy at Moreau Catholic High School” in the late 1980’s. That title should have extended to “all of Northern California.” Jeff was a four-year Varsity Track athlete and a three year Varsity Football athlete. His fondest memories are of playing with teammates, Paul Espejo ‘87, Mike Salido ‘85, Braxston Banks ‘86, Chad Nightingale ‘85, and Tim Slone ‘87. Titles conferred upon Jeff include Offensive MVP for Football in 1987, The Catholic Athletic League 400 meter and 100 meter Champion, NCS 400 meter and 100 meter Champion, CAL, NCS and Meet of Champions 400 meter relay champion and 1986 Daily Review “Prep of the Week.” Some of Jeff’s fondest memories are of the Charlie Eaton Relays, snow falling at track practice in 1986, Coach O’Brien’s brutal training programs and the letters he wrote to motivate Jeff before big events. Jeff’s advice to Mariner athletes is “stay focused, train hard, do your best. If you do, anything is attainable.” His mentors at Moreau were Coach O’Brien, Coach Wilder and Mr. Morneau. After high school, Jeff attended Chabot College and CSU Chico where he competed in both football and track. Jeff currently lives in Livermore with his 11-year old daughter and is an avid golfer


Dan Osanna, ’87

Dan was a four-year Varsity Track and Field athlete. Coaches Matt O’Brien and Phil Wilder were instrumental in helping him become an outstanding athlete and influencing his career path. He also credits Coaches Manny Meyers, Brian Henderson ’85, and Maryann Guesnon ’86 with helping him reach his potential as an athlete. Dan fondly remembers training and competing with his teammates, Vince Fontanilla ‘88 and Paul Oliver ‘89. Dan was an active member of the sprint squad and the 400 meter relay team, recovering from an injured hamstring to help the team win the NCS Meet of Champions. He shared a love of history with Coach Wilder who encouraged Dan’s interests in other times and places. Coach Wilder wrote letters of recommendation to colleges for Dan on several occasions. He was especially touched when Phil attended his mother’s funeral 10 years after he graduated from Moreau. Inspired by his coaches, Dan attended California State University Hayward (now CSU East Bay) where he received a BA in History then earned his MA in Public History from CSU Sacramento. Dan and his wife, Emily, currently live in Sacramento where he is an avid cyclist. Dan and Emily are dedicated to their Catholic faith and have recently returned from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia. He is most proud of being a father to his son, Christopher, and grandfather to his granddaughter, Chloe.


Michael Souza, ’86

Mike was a four year Varsity Track athlete. In the 1986 record setting relay event, Mike was set to run the anchor leg, when seconds before the gun sounded, Coach Wilder looked at him and said, “Your shorts don’t match the rest of the team’s. You could get disqualified.” As a result Coach Wilder threw Mike a pair of shorts and he changed just as the gun sounded at the start of the race. Needless to say, he went on to break the tape and establish the record. After Moreau, Mike attended San Diego State University where he earned his BS in Cultural Anthropology. He was a member of the SDSU Water Ski Team from 1989- 93 and was selected to 1993 Western Region All-Star team. Mike is married to Nicole, has three year old twins, Michael and Venice, and works as an Advertising Executive and Managing Partner at Mindshare Advertising/media in New York City.

 

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