Blankenship has blueprint for cross country, track success
Medical Lake track and cross country coach was in right place at right time
Like most everyone who has been passed over for a job that they thought was the perfect fit, Gene Blankenship admitted "I was pretty upset at first," when he was passed over to replace longtime West Valley High School cross country coach Jim McLachlan in the summer of 2010.
Four years and two state championships later the head coach of Medical Lake's cross country team and its co-head coach in track has a different take.
"Not getting hired by West Valley was the best thing that ever happened to me," the 71-year-old said. And the Medical Lake community will probably agree after Blankenship h...