Kobe Deutscher, 2019 Runner of the Year

Sophomore Kobe Deutscher is pictured with senior Rosalie Fish in the picture above. Rosalie won the 1600 meters, 800 meters, 3200 meters and finished second in the 400 meters at the Washington State track and field championships. Rosalie’s story has been publicized nationally because of her running ability and ground-breaking work on Native American Human Rights issues.   

Kobe won the 1600 meters, 800 meters, and placed second in state  at 3200 meters in 2019 at the Washington State Track and Field Championships. Both were named  Washington State runners of the year in their classification by "The Runner".

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He went from 113th in the state cross country meet as a freshman in 2017 to 7th in the state cross country meet as a sophomore in 2018. He improved even further by his sophomore track season winning the state track and field championship in the 1600 meters, 800 meters, and placing second to his brother Caden in the state championship 3200-meter final last month (May 2019).    

Kobe Deutscher was just recently named Washington State Runner of the year in the small school classification by “The Runner” as well. The Runner covers high school track all around the State of Washington.

Kobe Deutscher is a young man whose meteoric rise to the top of the running ranks is nothing short of awe inspiring. This young man has as much determination as any student-athlete I’ve ever coached, yet he has a laid-back personality that allows him to stay calm in the midst of the storm.  

Kobe was a man on a mission at the state track and field meet this spring. He became the first student-athlete to ever win a state championship in any sport. Pope John Paul II High School is just ten years old.

By the end of the state meet, two other student-athletes from Pope John Paul High II High School in Lacey, Washington stood on the top of the state podium as well. Kobe’s brother Senior Caden Deutscher won the 3200 meters’ state title while Junior shot putter Tim Sellers became the first ever state field event champion at Pope Paul John Paul II High School.

Kobe has a bright future ahead of him. He is an outstanding student-athlete who works hard at everything he does, yet he has a lot of fun along the journey as well. This young man will go far in life.

What I most appreciate about Kobe is his genuine concern for others, his commitment to his teammates, and his faith. God has truly blessed this young man with many gifts. Kobe is working hard to reach his God given potential in many areas of life.

Kobe has aspirations to run at the next level in college someday. He certainly has the ability to continue to improve and to break new barriers as each year passes.

Congratulations Kobe on your selection as IB Washington State Runner of the Year!


Coach Weber

Philippians 4:13

Kobe is pictured with his brother Caden who won the state 3200 meter championship.

Photo Credit: Alexis Deutscher

Caden Deutscher, Coach Weber, and Kobe Deutscher at the Washington State High School Track and Field Championships in 2019.

Photo Credit: Alexis Deutscher

                                  Kobe in a water fight with his teammates!