XC Coaches

Updated: 8/30/2017

Head Coach:

Gwen Robertson gwen-profile

In her 35th season overall at IHS, Gwen is one of the most widely-recognized coaches in our state. Involved in coaching well over 1,000 XC/Track athletes of all abilities,  Gwen has been recognized multiple times as league Coach of the Year, was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013,  USTFCCCA High School Washington State Coach of the Year and most recently Brooks Inspiring Track Coach 2017. After retiring as head track coach in 2014, she’s happy helping where she can and continues as head coach for the XC team.

Assistant Coaches:

Tractracy-profiley Silva

Is in her 7th season on the XC staff and 17th season overall at IHS. Tracy ran XC at IHS for two seasons in the mid 1980’s and was a member of the varsity squads those years that were 1st in KingCo, 2nd in district, and 6th in state in 1984 then 2nd in KingCo, 1st in district, and state champs in 1985. Tracy’s 1985 state championship team was the first team state championship in any sport at IHS.

David Seligmandavid-take-2

Is in his 3rd year as an assistant track and XC coach and moonlights part time as a financial advisor. David ran track and XC at Mercer Island High School and Willamette University. He enjoys sharing his life long passion of running with the team and imparting wisdom to anyone that will listen, “To win is to develop one’s character, no matter what place you finish.”

Liz RykerLiz copy

This former 2 time “most inspirational High School athlete is in her second year as an assistant XC coach. She was a sprinter and hurdler at Liberty High School and ran the 200, 400, and 4×4 at Central Washington University. Ms. Ryker is also a co-head coach with the track program.

Sarah Henry10340 - 2012_08_04 - Issy XC Time Trial

Is in her 5th year coaching, and 1st year as an assistant XC coach at IHS. Ms. Henry is also an English teacher at IHS. She competed at state in XC, the 400, 4×4, and high jump while at Orting High School, and ran at the University of Washington for two seasons. She loves coaching, learning from other coaches and student-athletes, and continuing her journey with the sport.

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