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Girls Team finishes 3rd and Boys Team 6th at 2017 State XC Championships

On a typical rainless day in Pasco, the two Issaquah teams came to do their best at the 2017 state meet. It was a little chilly but dry day and the course was in excellent shape.

Podium girls

The girls ran first finishing third behind Lewis and Clark and Camas. Led by the All-State finishes of Kenna Clawson (8th)  and Sami Corman (9th), the girls had solid races. As defending state champions, they experienced the feeling of having a “target” on their backs. They raced well and look forward to next week’s Nike Cross Regional Northwest 2017 race in Boise.

Issaquah Boys at state

The boys ran the final race of the day and saved their best performance of the year for this meet. Led by Luke George’s All-State 9th place finish, the team placed 6th out of the 16 qualifying teams, an improvement over their 2016 9th place finish. Five of the seven runners had lifetime personal records. As a team, it does not get much better than that! A shout-out to Sam Griffith who broke 16:00 for the first time placing 26th. The boys team will also be competing next weekend in Boise.

Good luck to both teams next week!

More state photos from Lawrie

WIAA Tournament Central Results and more

Slideshow below:



Wednesday, September 20th meet

Issaquah, Mt. Si and Woodinville

September 20, 2017

Lake Sammamish State Park

Discover Pass needed to enter park or $10 fee

Athletes who have met the eligibility requirements will be entered and will attend this meet.  There will not be practice for those who are not entered in the meet.

Athletes not entered are Pierce Moen, Mara Nowlan, Alex Hutchinson

Athletes who may be entered but need to check with Gwen are Kobi Sunday (2), Michael McCaffrey (1), Preston Hunter (1), Lauren Martinez (1), Rodger Kline and Dani Madan

For those athletes entered in the meet, early dismissal is 2:30pm. Buses leave promptly at 2:45 from the back parking lot by the auxiliary gym. Please do not be late. Come dressed in your uniform. If you do not have time to change, you can do so at the park.

Bring water or prerace and post race liquids along with a snack to eat before and/or after your race. You must wear your school issued uniform. Spikes are allowed.

Race Schedule

4:15                  All Boys

5:00                  All Girls

The bus will return to Issaquah High School between 6:00 and 6:30pm.


September 12th Meet

Eagles Cross Country Boys and Girls Double Winners

Boys Scores: Issaquah 33    Inglemoor 38    Eastlake 59

Girls Scores: Issaquah 17    Eastlake 55    Inglemoor 66

Freshman, Julia David-Smith, sets a new course record for the girls team. Her time of 18:26 broke Kenna Clawson’s 2016 record time of 19:21.

For full meet results on Athletic.net

Photos courtesy of Lawrie Robertson

Inglemoor Eastlake Meet Photos

Photos from David Streams for Inglemoor Eastlake Meet

3 Volunteers needed for 9/6 meet

Thank you for the parents that signed up lickety split! We are set and no longer need volunteers for today’s meet! Thank  you!!! 

We need three parents (1 at Finish line and 2 Course Monitors) at the KingCo Class Meet on Wednesday, 9/6.

If you are able to help, please sign up below. Please show up between 3:30 and 4:00 at Lake Sammamish State Park (Remember you need a Discover Pass to park or pay $10). Look for Tracy to let her know you are there and to get your details of your job.

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!

September 6 Class Race

Important update:

Issaquah High School XC team will not participate in the event today per the Issaquah School District Air Quality Concerns Announcement. Athletes, please show up at Aux Gym at 4:15 for an indoor practice and wear your uniforms for a team photo.

Kingco 2 mile Class Race

September 6, 2017

Lake Sammamish State Park

Fans: Discover Pass needed to enter park or $10 fee 

Athletes who have met the eligibility requirements will be entered and will attend this meet. If your your name says you need 1 or 2, that means you need that number of practices before you are eligible for Wednesday’s Classs Race (please refer to updated practice information). If you do not get those practices in before Wednesday, you will not be able to compete in the meet. There will not be practice for those who are not entered in the meet.

For those athletes entered in the meet, early dismissal is 2:35pm after 5th period (you will miss the assembly and 6th period) and the buses leave promptly at 2:50 from the back parking lot by the auxiliary gym. Please do not be late. Come dressed in your uniform. If you do not have time to change, you can do so at the park.

Bring water or prerace and post race liquids along with a snack to eat before and/or after your race. You must wear your school issued uniform.

Below is the race schedule and our entries. If you are not listed you do not go to the meet.

4:30                  9th grade boys: Landon Aho, Jacob Aliabadi, Josh Brueckman, Joshua Geisser, Spencer Haas, Ethan Madeiros, Nick Lydum, Rykley Braun (needs 1), Mike Ma (needs 1), Sid Thiagarajan (needs 2), Jack Welsh (needs 1)

4:50                  9th grade girls: Julia David-Smith, Kathryn McIntyre, Meara Norris, Brielle Arnold (needs 1), Danielle Kohorn (needs 1)

5:10                  10th grade boys: Trent Angell, Jasper Fuhs, Aedan Henry, Kyle Huard, Caleb Kim, Jason Liu, Aidan Miller, Arie Prout, Sam Rosenkranz, Max Saviello, Ian Streams, Conner Tobey, Tanner Wilhite, Torin Carmichael (needs 1), Nic Chin, Glen McInerney, Alex Takeuchi, Mike Violette, Kobi Sunday (needs 1)

5:30                  10th grade girls: Kaliela Benson, Izzy Grudin, Jasmine Nie, Annika Nielsen, Swathi, Aditi, Megan Spataro

5:50                  11th grade boys: Josh Bates, Alex Darragh, Barry Diedericks, Sam Griffith, Cameron Salter, Allen Aby, Ellis Losey

6:10                  11th grade girls: Jenna Heesacker, Emma Jordan, Jordan Lai, Ella McKillop, Katie Riley, Siena Gaston, Mara Nowlan, Peyton Rogers, Haley Dang (needs 2)

6:30                  12th grade boys: Davis Carmichael, Dan C., Jordan Crist, Luke George, David Jackson, Caleb Losey, Jared Putney, Nick Rodgers, Jenner Sapienza, Nathan Streams, Dil, Alex Hutchinson, Alex Schmidt

6:50                  12th grade girls: Kenna Clawson, Sami Corman (needs 1), Lauren Haas, Izzy Gruby, Victoria Lasch, Cecilia Bailey

The bus will return to Issaquah High School between 8:00 and 8:30pm.

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

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