Corporate Track & Field and Road Racing Team
ExxonMobil employees, contractor and annuitant athletes, from all over the world, train throughout the year for the opportunity to participate in a national competition. We compete before a stadium full of corporate representative and spectators one or two weekends each year. Our team now has about 100 athletes.
Of these around 40 attend Regionals or Nationals Corporate Relays Championships each year.
The Tigers have gathered to compete at USCAA Nationals since 1981. Although we have never won this competition, we placed among the top five teams every year. Our best finish was in Des Moines in 1995, achieving second place with a team of approximately 67 athletes.
Team spirit is the most powerful force behind the Tigers! Together we have trained and prepared. Together we will give our very best. We are willing to accept the challenge, the pain, the glory and the fun.
Meet the past and present team captains
When Ken Thomas' mother first saw him using a bamboo cane and the mattress from his bed to learn pole vaulting at age 9, she probably thought her son would become an international athlete. Now, though, 46 years later, that's exactly what he is. Ken's early entry love of the pole vault continued into his high school years, where he set the school record at 12'6", propelling him to Henderson State University. He was a track runner for four years there, and he continued to pole vault, setting the school record at 15'6".
Despite his early success, though, Ken's track career reached unprecedented heights later in life. He joined the ExxonMobil team in 1994 and competed for the first time in Waterville, Maine. He has been the driving force for the team ever since that first meet. Besides his talent in events, he has assisted the team in a variety of ways. He organizes practices for the sprinters and mid-distance runners in Houston, and he works hard at recruiting new members and obtaining funding for the team. Still it's what Ken can do on the track and in the field that really make him stand out.
At USCAA events, Ken has been dominant in the jumping competitions. He has won the event five straight years and six of the last seven. In 2010, he and partner Larry Vollmer set the meet record with 3,686 points. On the track, Ken is more than just a role model for younger athletes. He is their competition. Despite his being old enough to anchor the Seniors Relay, his 200m is still fast enough to compete in his favorite relay (the Sprint Relay) and he has also been a member of the 4x100m team for several years.
Beyond the USCAA, Ken's talent has taken him to success in international competitions. He was a member of the USA 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams that placed third at the World Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2007 in Riccione, Italy. Ken has also competed for the last three years at the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships. In 2009, he won gold in Lahti, Finland, as a member of the 4x100m and 4x400m teams. He won medals the following year in Kamloops, Canada, and in Sacramento, California in 2011 (Worlds Outdoor).
Ken Thomas has come a long way since using a bamboo cane. In four countries on two continents, he has displayed his ability. For the USCAA, he has shone as an example of what a great athlete can be. Whether he is pushing his teammates or competing with them, he continues to inspire them, and he has helped keep the ExxonMobil team competitive for over 20 years. In 2012 I was inducted into the USCAA Hall of Fame.
I grew up in Florida. I've been running ever since I could walk. Maybe even before I ran track in middle school and high school, qualifying for states 5 years in a row in the 400m. My senior year of high school, I finally broke a minute in the 400.
In college at UF (go Gators), I took hiatus from running to focus on my studies. After getting hired by Exxon, I heard they had a running team. So I joined it and haven't left since.
Kim graduated with her Masters and Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. Kim started with ExxonMobil in 2009 by joining the ExxonMobil Development Company (EMDC) as an Environmental & Regulatory Advisor. She worked various projects within EMDC such as Kashagan, Point Thomson, Iraq West Qurna 1, and Julia. She joined US Production in 2014 as an Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) Engineer. Currently she is a SSH&E Engineer supporting the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay assets.
In college Kim ran cross country and track for the University of Florida, and was a varsity letter winner. Her personal best time is 18:02 during track season for the 5000m. Kim enjoys the challenge of learning how to compete in the 200m, 400m, and 800m as part of ExxonMobil Tigers Track Team. She has actively competed in the Regional and National USCAA meets as part of the Sprint medley, open 800m, etc. since joining the Tigers. She has been a co-captain of the Tigers since 2013.
Kim still competes outside of the Tigers track team in 5k events around Houston. She is also an avid sand volleyball player and competes in tournaments in locations such as Florida, Texas, California, and Mexico annually.
Finally, she enjoys yoga and practices approximately three times a week to remain balanced and well rounded.
I took over the team in 1999 from Robert Radnoti and I was Captain until Ken took over in 2011.
I hired on with Exxon in 1975 in Baytown coming directly from Cornell University where I got my PhD in Chemistry. I worked for Exxon Research and Engineering then for Exxon Chemical Company and finally ExxonMobil Refining and Supply until I retired in 2010. I was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011.
I started running in 1991. Since then I have run 31,100 miles. I first ran with the Tigers in 1993 at the Regional Meet in Houston. My first Nationals was in 1995 at Des Moines. I ran the 5k and 10k road races and a few track events. In my later career I ran the Senior Relay. As an ultra runner I've finished 10 100 milers, 2 Boston Marathons and about 300 other races. I won the USATF National Championship 100k and 50 mile mountain trail races for my age in 2012 (age 62). I won the World Senior Games Half Marathon and set the course record (1:29:58) in 2000. Every year since 1999 I've run the Bay Area Relay for Life to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and I've raised over $155,000.
In 2013 I was inducted into the USCAA Hall of Fame.
Robert Radnoti served as Founder and Chairman of the Board of the United States Corporate Athletic Association (USCAA). Radnoti created the USCAA FitNews magazine, produced two nationally syndicated televised programs of the USCAA Championships (1991-92) and was the event director of the USCAA National Championships in 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992 and 1998, where he negotiated the involvement of Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses and Anthony Kennedy Shriver.
A serious student of cross country and track and field, Radnoti has achieved his USATF Level II coaching certification.
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Radnoti attended Greeley West High in Greeley, Colorado, where he enjoyed a standout career. Radnoti held school records in all the distance races, the 880, mile and two mile. He finished as runner-up in the 1975 state cross country championships.
Radnoti attended the University of Colorado, one of the premier distance-running programs in the nation, and enjoyed an outstanding four-year career. While a member of the Buffaloes, Radnoti qualified for and competed in two NCAA cross country championship events.
After graduating with honors while earning a degree in chemical engineering, Radnoti moved to California, where he began a career as a chemical engineer at Exxon. While there, he formed and coached a professional corporate track and field team, The Tigers, for 17 years before assuming the head coaching position at Thousand Oaks High in 1998. He also completed his MBA at UCLA while working full-time at Exxon.
Prior to joining the Pepperdine staff, Radnoti enjoyed great success at Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School. His track and field teams compiled a 209-12 overall record, while the cross country teams finished with a 416-17 mark in the tough Marmonte League in Ventura County. The high point of Radnoti's tenure at Thousand Oaks came in 2005 when he led the girls' cross country team to the California Division I state championship -- the first-ever for the Thousand Oaks girls' team. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Radnoti was active in fundraising and oversaw the construction of a new all-weather track. Thousand Oaks High School has produced numerous national record-holders and has an impressive group of alumni that includes Olympian Marion Jones. As head coach of the Pepperdine men's and women's cross country and track and field teams, Robert Radnoti continues his mission of leading the programs to national prominence.
Radnoti's student-athletes have shined both academically and athletically. Since the fall of 2006, when he took over the cross country program, runners have earned West Coast Conference all-academic honors 71 times and WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll status 207 times.
Since 2006, Pepperdine cross country student-athletes have also been named to the All-WCC first team a total of six times, five by the women and once by the men. Under Radnoti's tutelage, Chelsea Wishard became the first three-time All-WCC honoree in program history. In 2010, the Waves had two women's runners finish in the top five for the first time ever when Wishard placed second and Lauren Lodge was fifth. Radnoti began as an assistant women's track coach in the program's inaugural season of spring 2006, and would later become the full-time head coach in 2007. In 2008, Radnoti brought back men's track to Pepperdine after a long absence. In 2016, the Waves competed in women's indoor track for the first time, while expanding opportunities for the men's outdoor team. In track, the teams continue to set new marks year after year, highlighted by a whopping 12 new outdoor marks in 2016.
In summer 2012, Sarah Attar became the first Pepperdine track Olympian in the Malibu era when she captured the world's attention by becoming one of the first female athletes ever to compete for Saudi Arabia. She ran the 800 meters at the London Games. "This is really a dream come true for me," Radnoti said upon his hiring. "To be able to step into a head coaching position at a Division I university is something I have always wanted to do. There is a strong foundation here at Pepperdine and I feel like the program is moving in the right direction to become one of the premier running programs in the nation. We have a great group of athletes, lots of excitement with prospective student-athletes and I am confident both the cross country and track teams will continue to show growth and improvement." A well-respected coach in Southern California, Radnoti was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Coaches Alliance. He speaks at various clinics and high schools throughout the country.
Radnoti resides in Malibu. He has two children, Kristina and Tom. He married Pepperdine alum and former All-American women's tennis player Noelle Porter in 2012.