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.
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)
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!
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