Julia David-Smith

Class of 2021

Track: 14 individual top 3 finishes, 2 state championships

Cross Country: 6 top 3 finishes, 2021 Virtual State Champion, 2019 State Champion, 2018 State Runner-up, 3-time Kingco Champion, 3-time All-State, 1 Kingco team title, 1 State team podium finish (2017)

2-time Washington Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year

400m Split – 59.1 

800m – 2:13.01 

1600m – 4:44.5 (#2 all time)

3200m – 10:12.4 (School Record)

#1 Issaquah Eagle all time at Sun Willows (17:26.2) – #6 All-Time

            As one of the greatest athletes to ever put on the Issaquah uniform, we are excited to honor Julia David-Smith as one of 2023’s hall of fame inductees. Julia’s incredible performances speak for themselves, as a multi-time state champion, and the first and only female cross country state champion that Issaquah HS has ever had. Her success was only a side effect of her hard work, and her impression on the IHS program and record boards will be felt for a long time. 

            In cross country, Julia became a phenomenon from the second her spikes touched the grass. During her freshman year, she won the individual Kingco title, led the team to a 56 point victory over Redmond High School, and contributed to a 3rd place team finish at state. That team went on to compete at Nike Cross Regionals, where they finished 4th overall (13th individually, second team all-region), narrowly missing the team national championship berth. Her success continued into her sophomore year, where at state she finished 2nd overall and led the team to a 7th place finish. She then went on to qualify individually for Nike Cross Nationals, finishing 28th overall at the National Meet. Her junior year, she hit new heights, winning the individual state title by 56 seconds, resetting her own fastest time at Sun Willows by 30 seconds, and recording the 6th fastest time ever run at Sun Willows, on an updated course that has proven to be slower than years prior. She then went on to qualify again for NXN, finishing 18th overall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her senior season was canceled, but in the abbreviated season during the early spring of 2021, she won the historic Sunfair Invitational, and put up a blistering 16:55.1 to win the 2021 Virtual State Championship. For both her junior and senior years, Julia was honored as the Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year. 

            On the track, Julia’s success didn’t wane. Her freshman year saw her win the Kingco Championships in both the 1600m and 3200m and go on to finish 3rd in both events in the state championship, where she was also a member of the state winning 4x400m relay. She then went on in her sophomore year to win the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m Kingco titles as well as win the 1600m state title and finish runner-up in the 3200m. Unfortunately, her junior year was stunted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and her senior year of track did not contest the state track meet. In spite of this, Julia improved her 1600m personal best to 4:44.5, good for #2 behind Issaquah legend Deanna Coleman, and her 3200m to 10:12.4, which broke her own school record of 10:21.15, which she set her sophomore year at the state track meet. To cap off her career, she competed at the Brooks PR invitational and ran to a 7th place finish in the 2 mile in a time of 10:19.58.

            Julia went on to compete for the University of Washington, where she is currently competing. She has tried her hand at the Steeplechase, winning the event at the WSU-UW Dual Meet in a time of 10:28.18, as well as running 4:19.7 in the 1500m, which converts to a ~4:38 1600m. 

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