Deanna Coleman

– Class of 1980

3-Time Individual Champion

3 Total Top 3’s, 3 Total Top 5’s

400m: 56.3 – School Record, State of Washington top 50 all-time

800m: 2:04.7 – School Record, State of Washington # 2 all-time, 1979 USA top 5

1600m: 4:40.9 – School Record, State of Washington # 3 all-time, 1978 USA top 5

3200m: 10:42.6 – School Record, State of Washington top 50 all-time

1978 AAA State Meet – Mile – 1st Place

Even though Deanna Coleman did not run cross country for IHS, did not compete in track as a senior, and was sidelined by injuries often in her career, if this hall of fame were in a building, she would have her own wing. Forget the fact that Deanna holds the school record for the 400m, 800m, 1600m, and 3200m. Throw out that she anchored the school record 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m relay teams. When you talk about Deanna’s marks and accomplishments, you’re talking about her place in state history, not just school history. Most of her PRs were set as a sophomore in 1978 when she put together one of the greatest track seasons the state has ever seen.

She is the state record holder in the 800m for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades and held the overall state record for 26 years until it was broken in 2005 by Becca Noble of Rogers High in Spokane. Other than Noble, only five girls in the state have come within five seconds of Deanna’s mark since 1978 and only one girl in school history has come within 10 seconds.

In the 1600m, Deanna is the state record holder for 9th and 11th grades and #2 for 10th grade. She won 1978 KingCo, district, and state titles, setting meet records in all three races. (Her KingCo meet record was not broken until 2010 by Garfield’s Anna Dailey, her district meet record still stands, and her state meet record was not broken until 2005 by Bellarmine Prep’s Brie Felnagle.) [To put her dominance in the state final into perspective: since her graduation in 1980, the average margin of victory from 1st to 2nd place in the large-school 1600m final is 2.81 seconds. Deanna’s margin of victory in her state title run was 22.1 seconds.] Her mark stood as the national high school sophomore record for 24 years and she held the overall Washington state record for 27 years until it was also broken by Felnagle in 2005. Other than Felnagle, Maddie Meyers of 1A Northwest School is the only other girl in state history to best Deanna’s time and only 12 girls in the state have come within 10 seconds of her mark since 1978. Only five girls at IHS have come within 30 seconds of her mark overall.

Deanna’s time in the 3200m from 1978 ranked her at # 3 all-time in state history, she was # 6 all-time at the time of her graduation, and she is still in the top 50 all-time today. She was the # 4 sophomore all-time at graduation and is currently the # 11 all-time sophomore in state history. Only three girls at IHS have come within 35 seconds of her mark.

In the 400m, Deanna’s mark from 1978 was # 15 in state history at her graduation and is still in the top 50 all time. She was the # 3 sophomore at graduation and remains the # 12 sophomore to date. Only four girls in school history have come within two seconds of her mark. In the mile relay (4 x 400m), she blazed to a 54.5 anchor split while leading the team to a 2nd place finish at state and a place as the # 2 all-time mile relay team in state history. (The Sammamish High team from 1978 holds the overall state record and just beat the IHS team at KingCo, districts, and state so our school-record team has the dubious distinction of being # 2 in state history all while not winning a league, district, or state title.) Deanna’s accomplishments and talent speak for themselves and she is without a doubt one of the top 5 middle/long distance runners in state history.

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