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Regular Season Wrap!

End of Year Celebration - A huge thank you to Jane Yung (Rachel’s mom), Sandy Schmidt (Andrew’s mom), and Rohini Rao (Leila’s mom) for pulling off a wonderful way to celebrate our season after the race. Thank you to Lawrie Robertson for the amazing photos from the season.

https://lawrier.smugmug.com/IssaquahHighSchool/2021-Issaquah-Cross-Country

Thank you to Gwen Robertson for trusting us to continue your legacy, for your inspiration, your guidance and the many calls and texts when I had questions. This team’s spirit is a testament to you. 
Thank you to my rockstar assistant coaches, Katie Brookshire, Jackie Bykonen, and Paul Rickey, who helped me stay organized, made me laugh, and had great ideas for this season! There is no way we could have pulled this off without you. Thank you to the families for your trust, kind words, and amazing support. And finally, thank you to the athletes. Change is difficult, and a lot of change has impacted your lives. I appreciate working with all of you, your positivity, advocacy and ideas, and your team spirit. I hope you had fun!
Award: These are the awards that were announced at the celebration and we will get them to you when they arrive.
Team Captains: Julia David Smith, Aja Jensen, Alec Barran, Josh Geisser
Most Inspirational: Eliza Fuhs and Josh Delgadillo
Most Improved: Ty Lauritzen and Ellie Roberts
Varsity: Jane Harig, Giada Oliva, Brennen Rickey, Anna Jensen, Ben Konopka, Ty Lauritzen, Jonathan Liu, Ellie Roberts, Julia Ryan, Sarah Burke, Josh Delgadillo, Eliza Fuhs, Hunter Fulford, Darwin Hanson, Jerry Imai-Takemura, Hunter Scheppat, Emma Wijsman, Jula Wood, Alec Barran, Julia David Smith, Josh Geisser, Andrew Schmidt
JV: Ben Armstrong, Evan Barnes, Julianna Cullen, Rachel Dennie, Ignacio Garcia, Ethan Hanson, Ryan Lee, Eli Miller, Ilyaas Motiwalla, Zachary Prouty, Ciara Tubbs, Blake Budos, Evan Daar, Jillian Feldman, Marcus Heu-Weller, Vernika Jain, Ben LaFramboise, Claire Putnam, Ella Rosenkranz, Avni Doshi, Hayden Stowe, Tianyi (Steven) Wan, Cole Barnes, Greta Cavotta, Mathis Delombaerde, Lelia Peterson, Gavin Soleibe, Sienna Tramblay, Ashlyn Wang, Spencer Haas, Aja Jensen, Danielle Kohorn, Kathyrn McIntyre, Ethan Medeiros, Leila Rao, Sebastian Silva

What’s next? Well, keep running, doing drills, and doing core! We built an amazing base and those of you continuing on to track (I hope a lot of you!), keep up the work because it will pay off immensely. Talk to your captains if you want ideas on what to do the next 5 weeks. If you had some pains/injuries, take this time to rebuild and strengthen.  The virtual XC state meet results won’t be published until the end of April, so watch for those. Some athletes are running at a community sponsored “KingCo” race at Mt. Si on April 17th - best of luck to those runners. 

Seniors - It wasn’t the season you dreamed of, but I hope it was a season that brought you some joy. Alec, Julia DS, Josh G, Spencer, Aja, Rodger, Dani K, Dani M, Kathryn, Ethan M, Leila, Andrew, Cody, and Sebastian - thank you for showing up and being fantastic leaders for our team. I am confident you will all go on to amazing adventures and we look forward to hearing about them.


This isn’t goodbye, it’s just see you later,



Coach Liza

Race Recap: Issaquah @ Skyline

We did it! We pulled off a safe, fun, and fast season. I am immensely proud of the positive attitudes, perseverance, and dedication our athletes demonstrated these past 5 weeks. After our final race with Skyline, where both the boys and girls team won, we had a total of 37 PRs for our team. That means 55% of our team ran their fastest races ever this season, amazing. It was a privilege to be your coach this season. 


Skyline Race - a course with some rolling hills, pedestrian obstacles, and an uphill finish. Our teams ran tough and we saw some great hill technique and strong finishes. In the girls’ race, Julia David Smith was 4/4 on first place finishes this season. 
Darwin Hanson continued to drop time each race and was a strong 3rd place finish. 
Our freshman, Jane Harig, impressed us each week with her grit and finished 5th overall. 
Julia Ryan, Anna Jensen, Eliza Fuhs, and Julia Wood rounded out the rest of varsity with strong 6th, 8th. 9th and 10th place finishes. 
The boys’ race exhibited the top 5 working together to finish within 43 seconds of each other. Alec Barran 2nd, Jerry Imai-Takemura 3rd, Jonathan Liu 5th, Brennen Rickey 6th, and Josh Delgadillo 7th. 

Hunter Scheppat passed a Skyline runner on the HILL to finish in 9th for the team

Josh Geisser was close behind in 12th place. The ‘fun’ track workouts and teamwork once again paid off with an impressive race.  
  

Race #2 Update: Liberty @ Issaquah @ Lk. Sammamish state park March 20

We have some exciting news about the race this weekend. We had some athletes request we investigate moving it to Lake Sammamish State Park. Well, we managed to pull that off today! It is a beloved place to race and better footing.  Please let me know immediately if your athlete is not racing. 
This weeks races will at Lake Sammamish State Park on March 20. Meet will be versus Liberty:

Boys Race 1@ 11:00 am,

Boys Race 2@11:30 am

Girls Race @12:00, noon
Athletes – check in with coaches at the UW tent by the main bathrooms 45 minutes before your race for temp checks/attestations/warm up instructions.

All boys will need to be ready to warm up and meet with coaches at 10:30am.

All girls will need to be ready to warm up and meet with coaches at 11:30am

NOTE: You will need a Discovery Pass to park there for the meet. 
Volunteers – we have some, but we need MORE to help ensure a safe race. Please email Coach Liza ASAP if you can help out.  Remember to wear masks at all time and follow all social distancing protocols!

Also, does anyone have flagging and/or rebar to help mark the course?
Friday Practice – to help us visualize and get familiar with the course, we will meet at 4 pm Friday for our workout @ Lake Sammamish State Park. If students drive, they need a DISCOVER PASS. If they are getting dropped off, please use the lot at the end of the entrance by the concessions/bathroom (NOT by the water sports rental lot).

Vote for Julia!!!!

 Hey Team! Our very own Julia David Smith has been nominated for MileSplit’s Best 4-Year Girls Career Award. Voting ends Dec 26th! It takes 2 seconds.

Scroll to the bottom of the page: https://www.milesplit.com/articles/290857/which-female-had-the-best-4-year-career-log-your-vote

We hope everyone is having a happy and safe winter break and new year!

Cross Country Team Awards Night

Please join the coaching staff in celebrating this year's cross country team during Awards Night at 7PM on Tuesday, November 5th.

Munch and Mingle to follow in the Commons...stay tuned!

Issaquah High Booster Club

XC and Track Parents JOIN NOW IHS boosters to help support our team and all other activities (clubs, sports etc.)

Athletes may also find spirit gear options on their home page.

Boosters Home Page

 

Get your Spirit wear!

HS Cross Country spirit wear is now available for online purchasing.

  • Nike gear is available for purchase until Thursday, Sept 5 @ 11:59 pm
  • non-Nike gear is available for purchase until Sept 15 @ 11:59 pm

Click here to order spirit wear

The open weight room session on October 20th has been cancelled.

The weight room will be available this Saturday (10/13), and all Saturdays after Oct 20th, until November 10th, from 11:00-1:00. We are looking at extending these sessions beyond Nov 10th. Please make note of the dates listed below, and keep watching the blog for updates. We look forward to seeing all of you!