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2021 Issaquah track & Field

The 2021 season kicks off next Monday, May 3rd. We will be practicing from 3:45pm-5:45pm M-F except for meets. Usually we will be meeting in the main gym to take attendance and warm up. Be prepared to be flexible on the 3rd as the main gym may not be available.

Our meets are on Wednesdays this year and will begin at 4pm, here is our schedule:

Wednesday May 12th Home vs Mt Si

Wednesday May 19th BYE/No Meet

Wednesday May 26th Home vs Liberty

Wednesday June 2nd Away at Skyline

Thursday June 10th Away at Hazen

Final Forms is used to track the paperwork and eligibility of athletes so make sure you check your account and are ready to go next week. Also, make sure you are checking the email that is attached to your final forms account as we will be using Final Forms to communicate with you.

Have a great week, looking forward to seeing you all next Monday,

Coach Bean

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

Distance Winter Training + a Good Read

Training in the off season is the best way to crush it in-season! Coach endorsed and athlete tested with proven results! You have a few months to go before track season starts. The process to focus on now is consistent training so that you can build fitness and strength before the season starts. It can be a grind at times. We all have those days when it’s cold and miserable and the last thing you want to do is go outside and run. Chances are, you will not regret embracing the suck, layering up, and getting your pals together to go for a run in the beautiful Issaquah Alps. Future you will be thankful. Also, very very important to remember to listen to your bodies and know when to back off. Sometimes less is more. Now is not the time to push it. Reach out to your coaches if you have questions. Support each other and have fun with this! 🙂

Came across this excerpt, “The Price of Winning at All Costs” (from Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan), that excellently sums up what we always talk about: the importance of process over outcome.

Both “Off Season Training” and “Good Reads” can be found on the left side bar of the blog. If you’d like to contribute any “Good Reads,” feel free to send them my way – ellieclaws@gmail.com

Time to Order Spirit Wear!

Order deadline  Sunday, 3/19 @ midnight.

Issaquah track and field spirit order

All orders delivered to practice. 

Questions and concerns can be directed to  info@darkhorseink.com

It’s not too late to volunteer!

Are you dying to watch the first #IssyTakeOver meet track-side? Some of the best “seats” in the house are available for volunteers — as a timer, helping out at high jump, triple jump, and long jump. You still have the chance to sign up to volunteer online. Our first meet is coming up next week on Thursday, 3/16!

Tracy will email you by the Sunday night prior to the home meets to let you know if you have a spot and what position she has assigned to you.

Home meet start times are 4:00, so volunteers should arrive by 3:30 PM. Please sign up on the volunteer page.

Track Season 2018 – What you need to know

Track and Field online registration is available now.

All forms must be turned in by Friday  2/16/18 to the Bookkeeper and Athletic Secretary to turn out for Spring Sports.

There is no school the week of February 19th through February 23 RD   and forms will NOT be accepted on Monday, February 26.

Fill out the online registration form.  Please note you will need your Family Access Login of the first Parent/Guardian and a printer as some forms need to be printed out and brought to the athletic office at your school to complete the process.

Track & Field season starts February 26. Coaches and athletes will meet in the Aux gym at 4:00 pm. Students should wear workout cloths.

Everything you wanted to know about Practices:

Practice is held five days-a-week, Monday through Friday, after school. Regular practice time is 4:00pm – 6:00pm; sometimes a little short, sometimes a little long.  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. 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 13 available practices before our first meet on the Thursday 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 Tracy. 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 auxiliary gym 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 gym as a group.  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 while we are outside as the auxiliary gym is left unattended. 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-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.  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 seven Thursday meets plus at least one meet during KingCo Week for everybody on the entire team. This means there is a minimum of eight meets for everybody on the team, provided you meet and maintain eligibility requirements.

You must maintain a 2.0 GPA and have no F grades in any class to be academically eligible to 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. Spirit Gear is available for purchase by each individual athlete – details will be eventually posted on the blog. 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 Tracy.

Photo courtesy of Lawrie Robertson