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Tansey Lystad to lead Everett Cross Country and Track & Field Programs

image of Tansey LystadEverett Community College has announced the hiring of Tansey Lystad as the new head coach of EvCC’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field programs. 

The Trojan Cross Country programs have had a history of success in the NWAC within the last decade.  The men’s teams have placed 2nd four times, and won the NWAC championship twice, once in 2011 and most recently in 2013.  Individually, 12 Trojans finished in the top ten with one overall champion in 2011, Bereket Piatt. 

The women have had an equally impressive run placing 2nd four times, most recently last season and three NWAC championships in 2009, 2011, and 2012.  Individually 17 Trojans have placed in the top ten and Shawna Schooley was a back to back NWAC Champion in 2009 and 2010.

“It's a privilege to be given the chance to lead the Everett CC Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field programs,” said Lystad. “I hope to continue the tradition of academic and athletic excellence set in place by the coaches and athletes of the last 10 years.”   

Track and Field has also shown some success with five men’s event NWAC champions and 12 women’s event NWAC champions. 

When asked about her plans for the Track and Field program Coach Lystad stated, “Our focus in the coming years will be an emphasis on building the Track and Field program from a more distance-heavy team to a full-fledged NWAC contending team for both Men and Women.

In addition to hiring a highly competitive and knowledgeable coaching staff to provide the best support team possible for the athletes, we will emphasize recruiting athletes who have the passion and drive to excel academically and athletically at Everett CC and beyond.” 

Tansey has been an assistant track and cross country coach at Bothell High School and is also a lead coach for the Cascade Run Club emphasizing on 5k to marathon training. 

Prior to her coaching experience she was a two time NCAA Division I All American, and four time NCAA Division I National Qualifier.  She was the West Coast Conference Champion in women’s cross country and also holds six University of Portland school records (6k xc, indoor and outdoor 5k, 2k & 3k steeplechase, and indoor DMR).   

“We are very excited to have Tansey here on campus and know that she will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student athletes,” Everett CC Director of Athletics Garet Studer stated.  “Her organization and attention to detail along with her training philosophy will grow EvCC Cross Country and Track & Field into one of the top academic and athletic performing programs in the NWAC.”
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