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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