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Stop Action Photography State Freebies

@StopActionPhoto, Issaquah team sports photographer, is offering FREE Stop Action’s State Track & Field pics to athletes and parents to download! 

Visit Stop Action’s State Track & Field pics. If you find a photo you want, just right click on the photo, or click on the down arrow at the bottom of a photo. Enter password: freebies. You should only have to do this once.

These photos are inclusive of State participants 2A – 4A. Please share with other athletes and parents.


Don’t forget the Awards banquet tonight. You have a chance for free Brooks PR invite tickets

Tracy has free tickets and will bring them to the Awards banquet.

It’s that time of year! Track season is in full swing, and golden tickets have been sent to the nation’s top high school track athletes. Brooks will host the annual PR Invite on June 17th at Shoreline Stadium in Seattle!   The first event will kick-off at 1:30 p.m. PST on the 17th.

The meet will have a DJ, food trucks, and t-shirts and swag for the first 1,000 attendees.  If you missed last year’s PR Invite, check out the highlights here.



State State State – Meet info

Congratulations to the boys and girls that qualified to the penultimate event of their high school careers. It is a significant accomplishment since qualifying meant that they had to be finish in the top two in the finals of the district meet or achieve a qualifying standard for their event.

If you are curious about who’s running check out:

4A Boys State Heat Sheet

4A Girls State Heat Sheet

Event: 2017 2A, 3A, 4ATrack & Field State Championships
Location: Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma
Dates: March 25 -27, 2017
2017 2A, 3A, 4A Track and Field Schedule
Date Meet Start Time
5/25/2017 3:00 PM Field
3:30 PM Track
5/26/2017 9:00 AM Field
11:00 AM Track
5/27/2017 9:30 AM Field
10:30 AM Track

Thursday: Athletes will be excused from class at 12:30 PM. Bus will leave from the high school at 12:45 PM

Friday: Athletes will be excused from school for the day. Bus leaves from the high school at 7:45 AM.

Saturday: The bus leaves from the high school at 7:45 AM.

Athletes will be provided meal stipend, but if they feel they will need more they should bring some.  Food sources are sort of limited at the meet with concession stand type foods.


Live Results
Watch it streamed live  (You may want to read about “How to watch it live“)

Come down and cheer these athletes on, but know before you go:

For detailed Meet Info

Mount Tahoma High School
4634 S 74th St, Tacoma, WA 98409

All spectators are allowed to park in the parking lots surrounding the school and the grass parking lot off of Verde Street (this is the street on the visitor’s side [eastside] of the stadium). Please look for event parking signage. The WIAA is not responsible for vandalism or break-in to automobiles. Please leave no items of value in your car, i.e. wallets, purses, cameras,radios, etc.

Credit Cards will not be accepted

Thursday half day (Adult/Student/Senior): $6 / 5 / 5
Friday/Saturday: $10 / 8 / 8
All Tournament: $19 / 15 / 15

3A and 4A District II Track Meet Day 1

Tomorrow, 5/19,  is Day 1 of the Super KingCo (aka District) meet.

Athletes that qualified for Districts (you know who you are), the bus leaves the school at 12:45 p.m.

The “corrected” Meet Schedule

District Heatsheet

Field events start at 3:00 PM and Running events start at 4:00 PM





Awards Night

Save the date!  May 24th 6:30 in the IHS theater.

All athletes (with the exception of those going to state), please bring your washed uniform in a plastic bag with your name on it.

Munch and Mingle follows immediately after the Awards portion of the evening in the Commons. Note: No food or beverage allowed in the Theater.

Thank you to Kathryn Sapienza and Erika Heesacker for coordinating our legendary Munch and Mingle. Please sign up to bring something to munch on: Awards Munch and Mingle sign up

Robertson Awarded “Brooks Inspirational Track Coach for 2017”

Today, Gwen Robertson, Issaquah High School’s most-esteemed Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, was awarded the Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year 2017. Brooks believes that coaches are the torchbearers for running, the mentors and the true inspiration for millions of runners. The Brooks award comes with $10,000 in Brooks performance apparel, accessories and/or shoes for their teams, and $2000 cash and a membership to the Brooks Inspire Daily program for the following year.

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Left: Gwen Right: Tracy

Tracy Silva, co-head coach, nominated Gwen, confessing, “I was mostly motivated by the prize as the team really needs uniforms. Our team is the largest it’s ever been and we don’t have enough uniforms for all of our kids.” The reality is Gwen has made a profound impact on Tracy, “Gwen played a significant role in my life. She was more than a coach, she was a teacher, counselor, a missing parent, and the sister I never had.”

In fact, she has been the inspiration for over 20 other former Issaquah High runners who chose to pay it forward and enter the coaching profession. Kris Roof (1991 – 1995) says, “Gwen was much more than just a coach to me as she and her husband, Lawrie, provide paternal influence, positive energy and were always the bright spot in my day. I am in my 15th year coaching High School Cross Country and Track and Field teams and strive to model my program after Gwen’s by fostering a positive environment.”

“I was a bit of a troublemaker”, says Chris Brasino. “It wasn’t until I started coaching alongside Gwen that I realized how hard it must have been to deal with me. I grew to understand and respect that Gwen cares deeply for each runner on her team—even the ones that cause headaches.”

Countless other former athletes say “She was like a mom to me”, “She never gave up on me”, “I owe a lot to her”, “She got me through High School”.

Gwen has received five significant lifetime career awards within 6 years—more proof of her value as a coach among her peers and athletes. After the girls XC team won the state championships last Fall, she was awarded the 2016 Washington State Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year by the US Track and Cross Country Coaches Association, She is a 2 time WIAA Hall of Famer, having been inducted into the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 2015 and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2013. She is also a Pacific Northwest Track and Field Association President’s 2012 award winner.

Gwen Kearney
Gwen ran at University of Nebraska-Kearney, 1975-78

So, who is Gwen Robertson and what led her to this legendary coaching career? Gwen is the daughter of two teachers/principal and always wanted to be an educator like her parents. She had a successful running career through college and national team race walking career after college. Gwen majored in PE and minored in math as well as earning a coaching credential. She met her husband, Lawrie Robertson, at a track meet. He is likely her biggest fan. Lawrie sees Gwen as a partner to each athlete’s development and he describes her as being in the “life-changing business.”

As with many successful people, Gwen had three key mentors that she learned from and that gave her inspiration along the way. Peter Thompson was her coach early on in her car and has been her lifelong coaching mentor since the early 80’s. He was the first person to guide her in planning a season-long workout schedule. They remain good friends, attending numerous track and field championships. Her second mentor is Terry Kirkpatrick, who she officiated with at the UW and was the one responsible for recruiting her to come out and volunteer at Issaquah High School over 30 years ago. He taught her all the mechanics of coaching such as how to place kids in meets when there was no such thing as And the third, was Pat “Hattie” Hatmaker, who was an icon at Issaquah. Gwen coached with Hattie for about 15 years and learned a lot from her as she had an innate coaching ability. One of the key things that resonated with Gwen early on was that there were more than just the top athletes to consider. That is not something many coaches think about or do.

Gwen 1986
Gwen 1986

Tracy sums it up, “Gwen was more than a coach, but a teacher of the sport. She taught us to focus on what we could control, as opposed to the external factors that we couldn’t control. That made us more confident and better performers. Her gift to us as athletes was to allow us to figure out how we could get better. She helped by guiding us to the solution, but we were ultimately responsible for our own self-reflection. If we failed, what did we learn? What could we do differently next time to change the outcome? She is incredibly supportive win or lose, just give it your best, that is all she asked of us.”

No surprise, Gwen’s coaching philosophies are consistent. They are really quite simple, but ‘run’ deep:

  1. You can’t want it more than the kids. It’s what they bring from talent to motivation. Each kid is there for their own reasons and I’m there to serve all of them.
  2. Just don’t quit. I don’t give up. I’m too stubborn to give up. I don’t want the kids to give up either. I believe that there is always a way to figure things out.
  3. Listen first. I am an “observational” coach. I listen to athletes, parents, other coaches and I watch.
  4. I teach the kids to reflect and learn. I give them the tools to think through what they can do to improve or make things better.
  5. Athletes should run for themselves first, then for their team. It has to be something they want to do.

Coaching has never been about the awards or recognition for Gwen, “it has always been about teaching all the athletes, not just the top athletes, life skills to be able to move on into adulthood and to teach them that running is not who you are, it’s what you do.” And that is why she is the 2017 Brooks Inspiring Track Coach of the Year.

2017 Issaquah High School Eagles Track and Field Team