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UPDATED: 2017 Issaquah Cross Country Information

First Week (August 21-25) Meet in the Auxiliary Gym at 9am. Practice ends at 11am.

Second Week (August 28-September 1) Practice is from 3-5pm.

There is no required practice on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

NEW: Tuesday, Sept. 5th Practice is from 3-5pm

Once school starts practice is in the afternoon. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday we meet in the Auxiliary Gym at 3:30. Practice ends at 5:30. Wednesday practice is from 4:15-5:45pm unless we have a meet.


In order to turn out you must have all forms (also see doctor for physical evaluation requirement), fees and online registration completed and turned in to the Activities Office before August 21st. Forms will not be accepted on Monday, August 21st.  Please see the complete registration information on the high school website.  July 17th the online registration begins. From August 9-18 the bookkeeper and athletic secretary will accept all forms and payment that are required for the in-person part of the registration process.

Once you have completed this process, you will be given a receipt that should be turned in to the coaches on the first day of practice. This shows us that you are eligible to practice.

Ten practices are required by the state before you are eligible to compete in a race.

We cannot give you permission to miss our practice because you have another practice. You are expected to attend and participate every day unless you are ill or injured.

Please come to practice on time every day and ready to run in good quality running shoes and comfortable running clothes.

We are looking forward to a fun and exciting year that lies ahead.  Be ready to work hard, get to know your teammates, make new friends, improve your running times and be a part of a great sport!

Brueckman, Schrag and Seligman enter the IHS Distance Runner Hall of Fame

It has been some time since we updated the Distance Runner Hall of Fame. But over the past few years of XC we have had some stand out distance runners. So it seemed like NOW was an appropriate time to select some new inductees into the prestigious Issaquah High School Distance Runner Hall of Fame.

The three inductees are:

Cayla Seligman, Class of 2015

Cayla began her freshman year of cross-country as a member of the first Issaquah girls team to qualify to the Cross Country State Championship meet in 13 years, placing 100th; she placed 62nd the year after. On the track, Cayla specialized in the 1600m and 3200m. She was a 4-time KingCo qualifier in the 1600m, finishing no worse than 7th at the championships; her best place was 2nd, her junior year. Read Caylas’ full bio…

Jacob Brueckman, Class of 2016

In cross-country, Jacob Brueckman was an athlete who showed steady improvement as he PR’d from his freshman to his senior year. He went from an 18:12 mark as a freshman to a 15:51 mark as a senior, which stands as his personal best for 5000m on grass. Jacob’s true strength was on the track in the middle-distance events. He qualified for the KingCo Championships three years in a row in the 800m, from his sophomore to his senior year; he placed 3rd during his junior and senior years, subsequently qualifying for the District Championships for two years in a row. Jacob left Issaquah with a PR of 1:56.45, which is currently # 6 all-time. Read Jacob’s full bio…

Kennan Schrag, Class of 2016

As an Issaquah freshman, Kennan Schrag qualified for the varsity XC squad in the team time trial, dropped his first 5,000-meter time of 18:45.0 to a season record 16:38.0, and qualified as an individual to the Bi-District 4A XC Championships. Ongoing improvement throughout his years at Issaquah resulted in a 5,000-meter personal best of 15:21.0 in his senior year. In track, Kennan focused his efforts on the 1600m and the 3200m. Freshman season bests of 4:32.4 and 9:47.4 dropped year-over-year to 4:17.47 and 9:13.98, earning the #7 and #1 positions on the Issaquah All-Time Best lists. Read Kennan’s full bio…

Congratulations to Cayla, Jacob and Kennan.

Plateau Runner XC Extravaganza Sunday, August 27, 11am-5pm

Sunday, August 27 11am-5pm

Plateau Runner’s XC Extravaganza Day supports high school and middle school cross country teams with special deals on the gear they need for a winning season!

15% off all regular priced XC spikes and running shoes*
Free swag with your purchase

* with valid school ID

Plateau Runner

22830 NE 8th Street #103, Sammamish, WA


M-F 10a-7p      SAT 10a-5p      SUN 11a-5p

Annual IHS XC BBQ!

The Putney’s are hosting the annual XC BBQ on Wednesday, August 23rd, 6:00-8:30 PM (Wednesday, Aug 30th is a back up date in case of inclement weather). This would be an all inclusive BBQ for runners, coaches and parents. The Putney’s are providing hamburgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs. There will be a sign up for everything else. Stay tuned for the link to the RSVP and sign up sheet.



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