Category Archives: Meet Recap

State Recap (11/9/19)

WHAT a day to be an Eagle!! All 3 Issy runners had absolutely incredible races. After an evening filled with both glutenous and non-glutenous pasta, an architecturally unsound gingerbread house, and sledding (don’t ask), one could say that these kids were prepared to run pretty dang quick.

Highlights

Julia “I’ll have the Special K with a side of salmon” David Smith

STATE CHAMP, 17:26. Last year, she was 2nd in 18:01. Not much else to say aside from, she demolished it! Julia beat everyone by a minute (WOW), ran powerfully and competed with herself the whole way through. Ding dong, Julia ran strong!

Darwin “if I could warm up in Crocs, I would” Hanson

49th in 19:22 (PR!). Last year, she was 94th in 20:21…at this rate, she’ll be -41st by senior year! A well-earned improvement and race for this girl. Keep it going Darwinski!!

Liam “I own 8 onesies, and they’re life-changing” Heninger

46th in 16:12 (PR!). He was the 1st freshman in 4A and 2nd freshman over ALL classifications. His secret? Something along the lines of chocolate milk and a really good attitude.

Truly only positive remarks to say about this Issy XC State crew. With stellar positive attitude and gritty racing, they perfectly represented what it means to be an Issaquah Eagle.

Special shout-out to “manager” of the weekend, Jerry, for keeping the others in line and contributing to a swell time in Pasco. You’re awesome, Jerry!!

Thanks to everyone who drove all the way out to support. You guys brought some amazing energy that the meet wouldn’t have been the same without.

Good luck to those competing at NXR next weekend! Represent Issaquah well, and please make it easy for the parent chaperones 🙂

Kingco Meet Recap (11/2/19)

3 Issy runners earned their tickets to STATE!!!

Under perfect racing conditions, and with the potential of being the final race of the season, it was THE time to truly leave it all out there, no gas left in the tank, no regrets. Many of you took full advantage, ran confidently, and had the races of your lives.

Highlights

STATE QUALIFIERS

Darwin Hanson

Darwin ran relentlessly on Saturday. This girl knew what she wanted and went for it. Darwin consistently works hard and has an infectiously positive attitude. To say the least, she deserves this. We are all extremely psyched and happy for Miss. Darwinski!

Julia David Smith

In her usual composed and confident way, Julia took the Kingco win for the 3rd year in a row. She consistently dominates, and will be very exciting to see her matched up against other strong competitors this weekend. Go Julia go!

Liam Heninger

Liam earned first team all Kingco and State qualifier as a freshman. Very. Impressive. Liam is the only freshman boy to individually qualify from Kingco! It’s no surprise though, as Liam has what it takes, consistently gives his all, and is a fearless competitor.

Best of luck to Darwin, Julia and Liam this Saturday in Pasco!

Team Results

  • Boys placed 5th – Scoring: Heninger 7, Imai-Takemura 21, Fuhs 25, Barran 26, Rosenkranz 27
  • Girls placed 5th – Scoring: David Smith 1, Hanson 13, Ryan 23, Anna Jensen 35, Padmanabhan 42

Shout out to the seniors: Swathi Padmanabhan, Berry Chen, Tiffany Wung, Jasper Fuhs, Sam Rosenkranz, Torin Carmichael, and Conner Tobey, who all competed in their last XC race for Issaquah. Proud of all your hard work over the years and for being such positive influences on the team! We’ll miss you!!

Huge thanks to all the teammate and family supporters for bringing such incredible energy!! You guys are awesome.

See you all at Awards Night tomorrow at 7pm (Tuesday)!!! Remember to bring your laundered uniform in a bag with your name on it!

Sub Varsity Invite Recap (10/26/19)

“Tough Mudder” or XC meet?? Whichever one it was, you guys sure ran tough through the mud! If I got a dollar for every Issaquah shoe fallen victim to the course, I would get at least $9! The course conditions Saturday were probably easily the worst conditions you all have ever had to run in. Regardless, we saw some incredibly strong efforts and positive attitudes. Way to give it your all in your last race of season. Feeling the Issaquah pride!

So mud fun! (pc Lawrie Robertson)

Highlights

Jr/Sr Boys

2nd – Scoring: Saviello, Violette, Angell, Huard, Jordan

3x podium boys! (pc Lawrie)

Frosh/Soph Boys

3rd – Scoring: Murphy, Mularoni, Konopka, Fulford, Scheppat

pc Lawrie

Top 7 Boys

4th – Scoring: Jonathan Liu, Takeuchi, Delgadillo, Geisser, Wiederien

Jonathan Liu (pc Lawrie)

Jr/Sr Girls

5th – Scoring: Patterson, Spatoro, Arnold, Grudin, McIntyre

Patterson (pc Lawrie)

Frosh/Soph Girls

5th – Scoring: Roberts, Iacomini, Tremblay, Eddins, Wang

Roberts (pc Lawrie)

Top 7 Girls

6th – Scoring: Jain, Nybonn, Jensen, Hirao, Mularoni

This finish was feisty! (pc Lawrie)

Proud of you all for finishing the season strong! It was so exciting to watch all of your phenomenal improvements from beginning to end. Thanks for a fun season! See you all at Awards Night 🙂

pc Lawrie
A couple of awesome and dedicated volunteers! Thanks to all the other parents and fans who came out too 🙂 (pc Lawrie)

Issaquah vs Redmond @ Inglemoor Meet Recap (10/15/19)

A solid final dual meet of the season! Way to push yourselves and give your best out there at St Edward (Edition II, revised). Saw some awesome Issy packs. Strong work, Eagles!

Highlights

V Boys

Took the win!

  • Issaquah 26 – Scoring 5: Heninger 3, Barran 4, Imai-Takemura 5, Fuhs 6, Rosenkranz 8
  • Inglemoor 47
  • Redmond 61
Synchronized guys! (pc Lawrie Robertson)

JV Boys

Also won! and Konopka with his first individual win!! and a clean 1 – 4 Issy sweep!!! Incredible, boys!

  • Issaquah 18 – Scoring 5: Konopka 1, Mascavage 2, Fulford 3, Chollman 4, Streams 8
  • Inglemoor 43
  • Redmond 78

V Girls

2nd place for the girls, David Smith with the individual win

  • Redmond 21
  • Issaquah 35 – Scoring 5: David Smith 1, Hanson 6, Ryan 8, Anna Jensen 9, Padmanabhan 11
  • Inglemoor 85
Looking smooth girls! (pc Lawrie)

And just like that, the season is nearly done. The time flew by almost as fast as you all run! Some of you have done 4 races in 10 days (that’s a lot), so it is normal to feel a bit worn out at this point. Luckily, you all have enough time to physically recover and mentally recharge before the next, and, for many of you, last meet of the season (*tear*). Keep doing your best to sleep, fuel, take care of any ailments, and do everything in your control to be in tip-top shape for this final stretch. You’ve put in the work, now be confident and trust yourselves out there, Issy.

Some seniors getting sappy ❤
Or maybe just happy to almost be done…?

Hope everyone is having a lovely Gwensday! (©️ Ben Dong)

Hole in the Wall Recap (10/12/19)

$1 pancakes bigger than your face? Yep. Approximately 537 runners per race? Uh huh. PRs on PRs?? YOU BET. Hole in the Wall did not disappoint. Way to summon your eagle powers yesterday and race hard, Issaquah!

A happy team (pc Megan Haas)

Highlights

Frosh/Soph Boys

After some mild confusion and an impostor trying to steal Jonathan’s 3rd place finish, the boys were indeed the Champions of the Frosh/Soph 1 boys race!

Scoring 5: Jonathan Liu 3, Wiederien 10, Delgadillo 13, Murphy 15, Mularoni 21

These boys are winners! (pc Lawrie Robertson)

PRs for Liu, Wiederien, Delgadillo, Mularoni, Scheppat, Chollman, Konopka, Fulford and Bendt!

JV Boys

4th out of 45 teams – Scoring 5: Haas 17, Takeuchi 28, Geisser 33, Chin 35, Violette 51

JV boys (pc Megan)

PRs for Haas, Tak, Geisser, Chin, Tenace and Angell, and SRs for Violette and Mascavage!

…and a missing shoe for Trevor Jordan 😥

(don’t worry, he found it eventually)

V Boys

13th out of 52 teams – Scoring 5: Heninger 65, Fuhs 99, Barran 130, Imai-Takemura 133, C Tobey 170

Step aside, boys! Alec is on the move! (pc Lawrie)

PRs for Heninger, Fuhs, Barran, Imai-Takemura and Tobey!

V Girls

19th out of 42 teams – Scoring 5: David Smith 2, Hanson 92, Ryan 152, Anna Jensen 184, Padmanabhan 227

Pre-race hype (pc Lawrie)

PRs for David Smith, Hanson, Ryan, Jensen, Wung and Nybonn, and a SR for Padmanabhan (that’s every quah gal in the race :O).

JV Girls

11th out of 21 teams – Scoring 5: Chen 41, Wood 73, Aja Jensen 74, Putnam 96, Greta Cavotta 106

Berry finishing strong! (pc Lawrie)

PRs for Chen, Wood, Putnam and Patterson, and SR for Cavotta!

It was very impressive how well you all raced in the hoards of people. Navigating through races with so many bodies and elbows flying everywhere is an added challenge that take up extra energy. Regardless of the un-ideal conditions, majority of you still ran fast and/or PRed, which shows that you are adaptable and that there is still more to come for you all. So…let’s get after it Tuesday at St Edward!! Final dual meet of the season. PROCESS BEFORE OUTCOME. NO REGRETS. ICE. HAVE FUN 🙂

pc Lawrie

THANKS SO MUCH, fans, for cheering Issy on at this fun meet. Always appreciate the support.

Scheppats (awww!!) (pc Lawrie)

PS: Coach Lizzzz wants to remind everyone to get in those ZZZ’s

Even coaches need a nap sometimes!

Issaquah @ Mt Si Meet Recap (10/9/19)

On a crisp, sunny day at North Bend’s hottest frisbee golf course, we witnessed some strong Issy running! This “mini Kingco” meet featured us, Mt. Si, Bothell, Woodinville and North Creek. Twas a flat, fast, fun course, and it was great to see a bunch of you take advantage of it.

Highlights

JV Boys

Tied the win with Woodinville!

  • Issaquah: 35 (Scoring 5: Angell 1, Konopka 4, Chollman 6, Heu-Weller 11, J Welsh 13)
  • Woodinville: 35
  • Bothell: 67
  • North Creek: 109
  • Mt. Si: 141
Scheppat showing off his ability to multi-task cheering and course marshalling for a tough pack of guys! (pc Lawrie)

Fun race for these guys with a solid individual win and lifetime PR for Trent Angell and 3 freshmen (Konopka, Chollman, Heu-Weller) contributing to the score! Wooohooo! Exciting improvements for these guys with more to come.

Angell in the zone (pc Lawrie)

Girls

Took the win!

  • Issaquah: 38 (Scoring 5: David Smith 1, Hanson 5, Ryan 6, Anna Jensen 8, Chen 19)
  • Mt. Si: 41
  • Woodinville: 50
  • Bothell: 112
packs… (pc Lawrie)

Individual win for David Smith with Hanson, Ryan & Anna Jensen finishing in the top 10 and Chen top 20!

…on packs (pc Lawrie)

V Boys

Finished 3rd

  • Mt Si: 30
  • Woodinville: 38
  • Issaquah: 65 (Scoring 5: Heninger 11, Fuhs 12, Imai-Takemura 13, Barran 14, Carmichael 15)
  • Bothell: 109
  • North Creek: 125
Looks like Mt Si doesn’t want to bring the phone :/ (pc Lawrie)

Had a strong pack of boys with Heninger, Fuhs, Imai-Takemura, Barran, Carmichael and Rosenkranz all in the top 20!

Overall, great performances today and execution of race plans. You guys did super well pushing and feeding off of each other in your packs. Way to run hard and support each other! Little reminder for you all – as it gets chillier (~60-deg and below), it is important that you bring and WEAR warm clothes, before your race. You will perform and feel much better in your race when your muscles are warm and happy even if you think you “feel fine” wearing shorts pre-race in 56-degree weather.

And THANKS to you fans who bundle up and support, regardless of the conditions outside ❤

Jax Saviello says, “woofwoof!!!” (Roughly translates to: “Eagles rule!!!”)

Curtis Invite Recap (10/5/19)

WHAT A DAY TO BE AN EAGLE

Well that was fun! Whilst appreciating the scenic views from the majestic Chambers Bay, the Issy crew took advantage of the all around ideal conditions and had a stellar day.

Start of JV boys race feat. a view (pc Lawrie)

Highlights

Girls poised on the podium (pc Lawrie)

Major highlights in every single race. Some exceptional finishes and practically everyone PRed! WOO HOO!

Boys Varsity

5th (out of 45 teams) with a 29-second spread between the scoring 5 (Heninger, Barran, Fuhs, Imai-Takemura, Carmicheal). That is nuts! These guys have some SERIOUS depth.

Varsity boys

Liam Heninger went sub 16 (15:53.7)! As a freshman! He can’t be stopped!

Girls Varsity

2nd (out of 31 teams)!! SO AWESOME ladies!!!! (Scoring 5: David Smith, Ryan, Hanson, Anna Jensen, Padmanabhan)

First varsity race (pc Lawrie)
Second varsity race (PC Lawrie)

Julia David Smith took the win and went sub-17 (16:45)! Wowee!

Boys JV

2nd with a 23-second spread between the scoring 5 (Haas, Murphy, Takeuchi, Geisser, Wiederien)!!

JV boys (pc Lawrie)

Girls JV

3rd with an 8-second spread between the scoring 5 (Patterson, Roberts, Putnam, Wood, Greta Cavotta)! Craziness! These gals truly finished as a unit.

JV girls (pc Lawrie)

Boys JV Open

2nd with a 37-second spread between the scoring 5 (Tenace, Chin, Violette, Jordan, Huard)!

Issy squad somewhere mid-race (pc Lawrie)

Cody Tenace was 2nd with a 17:40, 1:43 faster than last week! Break-through much?

Tenace flying by Bellarmine at the finish (pc Lawrie)

All results

**Regarding the confusion over course distance: It was indeed closer to a 3 miles (for everyone; they did not alter the course for any of the races). However, xc courses are rarely, if ever, exactly 5k. The elements and conditions of every course varies too, so time is ultimately pretty arbitrary in xc. So please STOP freaking out about the numbers. They are just a rough estimate of where you’re at, and yes of course still get excited about PRs. Overall, the most important thing is that you are learning how to work together and compete, which is what prepares you for the post season when all that matters is place.

This is the best that these runners have looked all season. Everyone ran aggressively, was engaged and focused, confident, and when the pain kicked in, these kids didn’t back off – they embraced it and ran hard through the finish. On top of that, there was some serious pack synergy going on, meaning that this group is learning to run together and help each other out, which can lead to immense improvements for all! All of the coaches were very impressed and proud of what Issy did out there. Let’s keep it rolling into this week (regardless of if the wheel’s prophecy is that you survive the swim upstream or get eaten by a seagull 🙂 ).

Josh x2 and Wiederien packing it up! (pc Lawrie)

Word on the street is that you all are having fun together, so that’s cool. Absolutely loving the vibes out there. Keep it up!

pc Lawrie

And of course, THANKS to all the fans who made the trek over to cheer on your fierce eagles!

Nybonn fam (pc Lawrie)

PS: Thanks for cheering your coaches on in the community race 🙂 You guys made it fun!

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pc Lawrie
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Bellevue Invite Recap (9/28/19)

Through squishy sand, slippery, slidey surfaces in the sun, and Sweet Baby Ray’s sandwiches, the superb Issaquah XC squad ran stupendously at Lake Sammamish State Park on Saturday! After every race, it was so exciting to see so many of you smiling because of PRs and sub 21, sub 20, sub 19, sub whatever pesky barrier it was that you finally conquered. LOVED seeing the team support – especially those of you who came early or stayed until the end to cheer on your teammates. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.

Everyone’s favorite part of the course: Saviello, Wiederien, Murphy (pc Lawrie Robertson)

Team Results

**2 types of scoring for this meet**

  • Traditional: Scores based on varsity races combined. Top 5 runners from each team score, as usual.
  • Bellevue Invite scoring: Total of the places of each runner in their respective individual varsity race (all 8 runners contribute to the score).

Girls

  • Traditional: 7th
  • Invite scoring: 10th

Boys

  • Traditional: 11th
  • Invite scoring: 9th (this means the boys team runs deep!)

All results

Congrats to Julia David Smith who, surprise surprise, took first overall!

David Smith crushing it! (pc Lawrie Robertson)

Overall, a solid day for Issaquah. Thanks, kids, for always bringing such great energy and uplifting each other. As always, a huge thanks to all the fans for cheering our runners on! Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday 🙂 See ya at practice tomorrow!

Issaquah @ Bothell Meet Recap (9/25/19)

What a beautiful day for a meet! These eagles did some fantastic running (or sliding, if you’re Jonathan Liu). Saw many strong Issy packs and fierce finishes, especially Stuti, who is now the latest recruit for the sprint squad. Also, KUDOS to you all for getting off the bus, organizing yourselves, and learning the course right away. Makes all of our lives easier 🙂

Lost and confused or visualizing their races? Whichever it was, they did great! (pc Megan Haas)

Team Scores

Boys

  • Issaquah 17, Bothell 44
  • Scoring 5: Heninger (1), Imai-Takemura (2), Carmichael (3), Barran (5), Fuhs (6)
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Top 5 guys mid-way through – Fuhs, Henninger, Imai-Takemura, Barran, Carmichael (pc Lawrie Robertson)

Girls

  • Issaquah 30, Bothell 25
  • Scoring 5: David Smith (1), Hanson (5), Ryan (6), Anna Jensen (8), Padmanabhan (10)
Girls at start (pc Megan Haas)

All results (all of this season’s results are updated in the Cross Country 2019 Results section btw)

Highlights

  • Boys earned a SOLID win with the scoring 5 in the top 6 (feat. a 1 thru 3 clean sweep! Dust em guys!)
  • Julia David Smith and Liam Heninger won their races
  • Julia David Smith also ran “definitely by far the fastest time by a girl on this course” according to Bothell Coach Shelby
  • Many season bests and PRs and all around! PROUD OF YOU KIDS.

As always, a big ol shout out to all the fans (the human and the furry kind…the doggo love is much appreciated).

It’s that time in the season when you should start to feel comfortable with your pre-race routine and know what gets you excited and ready to race. Josh Geisser would like to inform everyone that cantaloupe is a no-go right before a race…unless you’ve tested it and genuinely thrive off of cantaloupe. No surprises on race day is generally a good rule of thumb though. Take note of your thoughts on this race and the course, since we’ll be back at St. Edward in a few weeks!

Coming to a Lake Sammamish State Park near you is…the Bellevue Invite! This Saturday! So keep up that “power posing.” Refer to a quah girl if you do not know what that means.

Who?? HA! Issaquah! (pc Megan Haas)

#GDTBAE #CAWW

Newport @ Issaquah Meet Recap (9/17/19)

Way to get after it yesterday Issy!! WINS ALL AROUND!!!! If anyone couldn’t tell from the hills, roots, rocks, slips, falls, falling over rocks, our new and exciting course is GRITTY. You all toughed it out, got up when you fell, and made the best of “Ellie’s Trail.” Running hard races like this is what ultimately will make you a stronger, faster, adaptable runner. No wimps allowed here.

Highlights

2x winning: Both Girls and Boys Teams took the win over Newport

Senya ladies. They grow up so fast :’) (pc: @quahgirlsxc)

Girls

  • Issaquah: 26
    • Scoring 5: David Smith (1), Hanson (2), Ryan (4), Anna Jensen (8), Pederson (11)
  • Newport: 30
Boys from first race (pc: Megan Haas<3)

Boys

  • Issaquah: 27
    • Scoring 5: Heninger (3), Fuhs (4), Barran (5), Imai-Takemura (7), Rosenkranz (8)
  • Newport: 31

Also…Julia David Smith set the course record for the girls! 18:18.61

All results

HUGE SHOUT OUT to all the volunteers who helped out!! You all did your jobs flawlessly, and the meet went very smoothly because of that. Still not sure how those 2 Newport girls got lost, but sometimes you just can’t save them all.

Take advantage of your eeeeasy recovery run today. Very proud of everyone 🙂 GDTBAE!