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MEET RECAP: Skyline @ Issaquah

On a day highlighted by the weather cycling between rain, sun, hail, and just about everything in between, the Eagles and Spartans met at Issaquah Stadium to participate in our first home dual meet of the season. Regardless of the “uncontrollables,” our athletes put up amazing performances across the board.

In our field event performances, the pole vault saw both Dexter Zablocki and Rebekah Oberlander take home top honors, with jumps of 10′ and 9’6″, respectively. Senior Mercedes Tinder continues to shine in the throws, heaving a 31’2.5″ in the shot put for the individual victory. Sophomore Sebastian Powers flew to a 17’10.5″, a mere 5″ off his PR in the sideways rain, to win the long jump, while junior Courtney Smith won with a leap of 4’8″, continuing her high jump campaign. Amazing efforts for many others, as the field events alone produced 18 of our TEAM’s total personal bests.

For the second week in a row, the 4x200m relay TEAM–this time with Anna Boone, Greta Cavotta, Emma Wijsman and Sy’nia Williams–took home the win in 1:50.99, a new season best by over a second. This performance moves them to 10th in the 4A state rankings. The tandem of Emma Wijsman and Sy’nia Williams sprinted to a 1-2 finish, respectively, in the 100m dash. Continuing on to the 1600m, Jerry Imai-Takemura ran a season’s best 4:40.34, opening up in the last 300m and making his finishing move count. The girl’s 4x100m relay group of Anna Boone, Sy’nia Williams, Emma Wijsman and Trinity Cress also claimed a TEAM victory.

Toren Garcia continues his 300m hurdle dominance, this week running 45.02. He currently still sits as the top hurdler in Kingco AS A FRESHMAN. Speaking of freshman, Connor Rickey–this week taking the 800m for a spin–ran 2:01.33, showing his incredible range over the last 3 weeks and maintaining his undefeated streak. This was also a 14 second personal best for Connor in the event, and puts him at 9th in the 4A state rankings. To also mention was senior Josh Delgadillo who finished 2nd to Connor Rickey, in a time of 2:02.44, his first time running the 800m event. The future is bright for these two distance stars! Emma Wijsman (familiar name in this post) completed her evening by taking home the victory in the 200m in a time of 27.91, with her teammates freshman Sena Pittman, Sy’nia Williams, and Anna Boone finishing 2-3-4 behind her.

In the 3200m, sophomore Brennen Rickey opened up his season in a dominating fashion, running a solo 10:01.97 effort, with freshmen Henry Tait and Alex Yahn finishing 2-3 behind him. All of this was done through cycling rain and hail. Brennen’s performance sits him at 4th in Kingco. An incredible effort from our boys, but our girls put on a show as well. Junior Kate Yahn led our girl’s 3200m with a time of 11:10.30, putting her at 3rd in the state in this event. Our girl’s contingent of freshman Liv Jensen and sophomore Clara Tubbs finished 2-3 to Kate, running incredible TEAM races and finishing strong.

The night’s running events closed out with the 4x400m relay, with our boy’s team of Evan Barnes, Connor Rickey, Greyson Pike, and Josh Delgadillo running a 5 second season’s best (set last week) of 3:40.66, sitting us at 2nd in Kingco.

With all of these amazing individual performances by our athletes, there are so many that we could highlight. After it was all said and done, Issaquah Eagles produced 107 personal bests on the day — an amazing feat in the weather that was given to us. Congrats to all the Eagles that ran/jumped/threw yesterday — there is more fun and more personal bests to come! Full results for the day are linked here.

Issaquah will travel to Mt Si HS on Wednesday April 6th, and our varsity contingent will travel to Bellingham for the Birger Solberg Invitational, hosted by Sehome HS, on Saturday April 9th. Thank you for reading — fly Eagles, fly!

MEET RECAP: Issaquah @ Eastlake

Issy girls bring one home! 

Issaquah track and field travelled north to take on the Eastlake Wolves in the first dual meet of the season, with the boys taking home 8 individual victories and the girls taking home 9 individual victories and the TEAM win for the day. 

Starting with our field athletes, sophomore KJ Strunk won the javelin in commanding fashion, winning by over 25 feet. Not to be eclipsed by senior Mercedes Tinder, heaving her victories in the shotput and discus by more than 29 feet between the two events. Junior Courtney Smith and freshman Carson Naehr flopped new personal records of 5’0” and 5’2” respectively to win the high jump, while senior Rebekah Oberlander vaulted a stellar 9’6” for the pole vault win. This puts Courtney at tied for 3rd and Rebecca at 7th in 4A. The horizontal jumps were also won by the Eagles, with Joseph Talluto (long jump), Benjamin Laframboise (triple jump), and Presley Boettcher (long AND triple jump) bringing home the glory. Reminder: Track AND Field has 2 parts, and we already know our Eagles are flocking on the field! 

Onto the running events, girl’s 4×200 featured lots of purple and gold, as our A and B teams duked it out for top spot, finishing a narrow 2 seconds apart — proving our true depth in our sprinting events. Our very own Ethan Blazer threw down in the 100m, winning the event in 11.81. This was a .7 second improvement from last year. Our boy’s and girl’s 4x100m of Shane Olsen, Sebastian Lorete, Sebastian Powers and Joseph Talluto and Emma Wijsman, Sy’nia Williams, Anna Boone, and Daytona Crowe gave real TEAM-inspired performances, narrowly edging off Eastlake in both races.  This places the boy’s team currently at 8th in the state and the girl’s at 4th, an there’s still tons of room to improve and grow.

Our freshman rising star hurdler Toren Garcia shaved a near 3 seconds off his time in the 300m hurdles, passing his competitors in the final 2 hurdles to take home the W. His time of 44.85 currently ranks him at 10th in 4A, an amazing accomplishment this early in the season.

To the end of the meet, we saw standout performances by freshman Connor Rickey and sophomore Jane Harig in the 3200m. Both of them worked from the front, running incredibly smart races, and both walked away with amazing PRs for this early in the season. Connor’s 9:56.54 currently stands at 5th in 4A and the fastest overall freshman regardless of division, and Jane’s 12:02.63 currently stands as 7th in 4A . An incredible effort by these two that will set them up well for the rest of the season.

In the end, Issaquah girls brought home the TEAM victory, winning 74 to 71 over Eastlake. While not the ultimate goal, the TEAM victory an awesome cherry on top for the day.

With so many other efforts that showed true grit, teamwork, and heart, I could go on and on. Many other athletes did not necessarily win their event, but did take home personal wins as personal bests, as we saw a staggering 165 personal bests. An amazing feat that we look to build off of in the future. Official results here.

Looking ahead, we have our first home dual meet against Skyline on March 30th, events begin at 4:30.

MEET RECAP: Seattle Academy Relays

Great first meet of the year!

Met by a cold, rainy day at Shoreline Stadium, Issaquah track made great strides as a TEAM to our ultimate end-of-season goals. Meets like these are good practice in an invite environment, getting reps in for new skills like handoffs and working together in relays. On top of good experience, we had some awesome individual and TEAM performances.

Record-setting 4xmile squads post-victory

Starting with our 4xMile (XC rules) event, both our boys and girls squads came out on top, dominating the event. Led by freshman Connor Rickey and junior Kate Yahn, we saw 6 personal bests after only 3 weeks of training. Awesome job! UPDATE: Both teams also set new meet records for point totals! Boys: 12 points. Old record: 15 points. Girls: 13 points. Old record: 14 points. Fly, Eagles, Fly!

Our girls 4x100m relay also won the meet, finishing with a blistering time of 52.60, which had them ranked 5th in the state. An amazing accomplishment only having practiced handoffs for a week. We look forward to seeing big things for this group!

4x100m pre-race

To the high jump, freshman Liliana Meissner took home the W with a PR of 4’8″. An awesome first meet experience. The Eagles tandem of junior Benjamin Laframboise and sophomore Cole Cowan brought the team competition in the triple jump home, both with personal records of 34’11” and 33’8″, respectively.

All in all, our TEAM saw 47 total PRs–an amazing indicator of success to come.

Issaquah travels to Eastlake on Thursday to compete in our first dual meet of the season. Competition is set to get under way at 4:00 pm.

Link to official results here.

Track Season 2022 – What you need to know

Track and Field online registration is available now.

All forms must be turned in by Monday 2/28/2022 before practice begins to participate in the first practice — NO exceptions.

There is no school the week of February 21st through February 25th   and forms will NOT be accepted on Monday, February 28th.

Fill out the online registration form.  Please note you will need your Family Access Login of the first Parent/Guardian to complete the process.

Track & Field season starts February 28th. Coaches and athletes will meet at the Stadium at 3:45pm. Students should wear workout clothes.

Everything you wanted to know about Practices:

Practice is held five days-a-week, Monday through Friday, after school. Regular practice time is 3:45-6:00PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4:00-6:00PM on Wednesday; sometimes a little short, sometimes a little long.  Saturday practices may be held for certain events – coaches will notify athletes ahead of time when and where. Once meets start, a weekly routine will begin to take shape and it will be easier to gauge when practices may vary from the standard time frame. There is no practice on days we have a meet even if you are not participating in that meet. There will be no mandatory practices during Spring Break; info about any possible optional practices that week will be announced later. If optional practices for your event area are being held and you are in town over Spring break and able to participate, it is highly encouraged to attend. Any changes in the practice schedule will be announced on the blog.

You are required to participate fully in 10 practices before you are able to compete in any meets per WIAA rules. If you miss four in a row, we begin subtracting from your banked total and will continue each day until you return. There are 15 available practices before our first meet on the Saturday of the third week.

If an athlete is absent from practice or school, it is the event coach’s and head coaches’ discretion whether or not the athlete may compete in the meet(s) following the absence.

Athletes that consider themselves to be talented, varsity, good, awesome, or anything of that ilk should prove it by being at each and every practice. If you know you will need to miss a practice (some reasons are actually legitimate – the best way to tell if yours qualifies is by looking at your coach’s face when you give him/her your reason for missing practice), you must tell your coach. The best way to do this is to tell them in advance in person or you can email Coach Brookshire, Coach Mike, and your event coach. Their contact info can be found on the blog.

Attendance at school for the full school day is required in order to participate in practice or meets that might be on that day. There are approved exceptions when you need to miss  school for appointments and other legitimate, but regardless, you need to bring a signed note from the doctor’s office or other legitimate excused absence to the attendance office in order for you to be able to practice.  In case you didn’t know, skipping class is not a legitimate excuse.

Practice begins on-time in the stadium bleachers where we meet as a group before breaking into our specific event groups and before ultimately going outside. We do not wait for anyone, and nothing looks worse than someone that routinely walks in late. Wednesday is probably the hardest day to get to practice without hustling. We do not formally return to the stadium.  Please remember that we are meeting outside, so please dress accordingly. Any changes in where we meet will be announced on the blog.

We practice and compete in all weather conditions except in instances of lightning. Any changes in our practice schedules due to weather will be announced on the blog.

During practice, bring your athletic bags and any other personal items to the grandstand. The school provides lockers for in-season athletes but the logistics around this are yet to be worked-out so it is advised not to depend on lockers being available. They may become available eventually and we will pass on information about this when we know more. It is best not bring anything valuable to practice that is not necessary.

Everything you wanted to know about Meets:

If an athlete is absent from practice or school, it is the event coach’s and head coaches’ discretion whether or not the athlete may compete in the meet(s) following the absence.

Our meet schedule includes non-Wednesday/Thursday invitationals and post-season meets that do not include the entire team. We announce entries into these meets both at practice and on the blog and at practice.  Athletes that are invited to run will make themselves available for EVERY invitational meet in which they are entered. We attend these meets so our kids have a chance to compete against advanced competition so if you want to be the best, clear up your schedule when we have these meets. Our entire meet schedule can be found on the blog.

Our schedule includes five mid-week dual meets plus at least one meet during KingCo Week for everybody on the entire team. This means there is a minimum of six meets for everybody on the team, provided you meet and maintain eligibility requirements.

You must be passing 6 out of 7 of your classes to be academically eligible to practice and compete in meets. The Athletic Director will notify the coaches about kids that are below these standards. The initial assessment is based on the most-recently completed semester and then there will be at least one grade check during the season.

We issue a standard uniform to each athlete which consists of a singlet and shorts. Jackets may also be issued. Uniforms are to be worn at each meet and are not to be worn at practice. Uniforms and jackets are collected at the end of the season at the Track awards banquet.

It is required that you dress appropriately for the weather conditions at practices and meets in order to stay warm and dry as best you can. Invariably, we will have some freshmen (and sometimes seniors) show up to the bus for meets with nothing on but their singlet and shorts. This is ill-advised and should be avoided. Team Gear is available for purchase by each individual athlete – click this link for more details. Team store will close on March 6th, so get your orders in early. Gear will also be available for purchase during the Spring Sports orientation held on 3/7 at 6PM. Purchasing Spirit Gear is not required in any way.

Tips for success:

Proper rest is an essential part of success in Track & Field. Coaches will usually make recommendations for what you should do on off days when we do not have practice or meets. If your coach says to take the day off, it means to not do ANY training in your events. A day off means a day off. A proper amount of sleep is also necessary to perform at your best in Track & Field. Few things can derail a season faster than getting poor sleep routinely. Don’t sell yourself short by not getting enough sleep.

We recommend purchasing the most-appropriate footwear for your events when possible. A new pair of running shoes for the season for practices is preferred. Shoes that are too old or worn can cause injury and delay progress. For competition, we strongly recommend spikes for all running events and any other various specialty footwear for field events. This is not required but merely recommended for optimum performance. Ask your coach at practice for guidance about footwear.

If you compete in any other sporting activity during the track season, whether individually or on another team – particularly club sports – your coaches need to know about it in order to help you achieve the most success in track as possible. Being on the track team means maintaining the proper level of commitment to your school and teammates. We expect the same level of commitment to be displayed to the track team that you display to your club team. Sometimes we see kids that routinely choose to make track “second” or “less important” than their club team. This is disappointing and it causes difficulty for coaches when determining relay teams or entries into big-time meets. Please be mindful of your teammates and the impact on the team when making decisions regarding your availability for all track & field practices and meets.

Other specific questions can be asked at practice or by emailing Coach Brookshire and/or Coach Mike.

Photo courtesy of Lawrie Robertson