Double Win!

Congratulations to both the boys and girls teams today, double winners!  Any questions about your marks, please speak to one of the coaches at practice.

Boys: Issaquah 74  Mt Si 67

Girls: Issaquah 87  Mt Si 62

Results from the meet today can be found here.

Don’s Facebook Photos from the meet

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.

Gwen Robertson awarded Washington State Coach of the Year

The USTFCCCA awarded Gwen Robertson Washington State Coach of the Year.

One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia  were honored for their successes during the fall of 2016, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.

State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2016 cross country season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).

Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.

While this award was based on team performance, we are truly blessed with the best coach in the state. Gwen started coaching at Issaquah High School in 1983 as a volunteer in cross country and track and field.  Gwen has served as either assistant or head coach for the last 33 years at Issaquah. Her boys XC teams claimed 7 league championships, with 2 back to back in 2015 & 2016. Her girls teams have won 12 league championships and has had 4 state titles, with the fourth in 2016.

Coaching for Gwen started at Issaquah H.S. in 1983 as a volunteer in cross country and track and field. Gwen has served the role of either assistant or head coach for the last 29-years at Issaquah. Her boys’ teams claimed five league titles and her girls’ teams nine. Her girls’ teams won three state titles in the mid 1980’s.

Gwen retired from head coach of Track and Field in 2016 to become a volunteer but continues to devote her time to Issaquah Cross Country as head coach.

Photo courtesy of Megan Haas

Issaquah girls XC team captures 2016 state crown

The Issaquah Eagles girls Cross Country team won the Class 4A state championship, compiling 90 total team points (low score wins in Cross Country) at the state meet on Nov. 5 in Pasco. The Camas Papermakers finished in second place with 108 team points. Kenna Clawson was the first Eagle runner in and captured 9th place individually with a time of 18:32.4. Sami Corman earned 14th place with a time of 18:53.6 and Katie Riley captured 15th place with a time of 18:54.1 individually. Andie Kolasinski (36th  place) and Lauren Haas (66th place) rounded the score as the 4 –  5th Eagle finishers.

The Issaquah Eagles boys Cross Country team nabbed ninth place at the Class 4A state cross country meet, compiling 219 team points on Nov. 5 in Pasco. Issaquah’s top two finishers individually were Sam Griffith (31st place) and Luke George (32nd place).

This was the second time, and second consecutive year the boys and girls teams have both made it to state together.

The girls state roster included Kenna Clawson, Sami Corman, Katie Riley, Andie Kolasinski, Lauren Haas, Jenna Heesacker, Emma Riley, Ella McKillop and Lauren Denkenberger. The boys roster included Luke George, Jenner Sapienza, Barry Diedericks, Jared Putney, Jordan Crist, Alan Aby, Brendan Fetsch, and Nick Rogers.

Complete WIAA 4A Girls Results

Complete WIAA 4A Boys Results

Results on Athletic.Net

Photo courtesy of Lisa Clawson

 

Track Season 2017 – What you need to know

Track and Field online registration is available now.

All forms must be turned in by Friday  2/17/17 to the Bookkeeper and Athletic Secretary to turn out for Spring Sports.

There is no school the week of February 20th through February 24th   and forms will NOT be accepted on Monday, February 27.

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 27. Coaches and athletes will meet in the Aux gym at 3pm. 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 3:00pm – 5:00pm; sometimes a little short, sometimes a little long. Wednesday practices will begin at 3:45 and will probably go beyond 5:00. 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. 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:

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

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