Running and Marie Davis Markham have been together for a long time. For 34 years, from her early days as a youth athlete, Marie has been in love with running and the running world. She started competing at age 8 and remembers laughing through practices, and not running much at all! Her youth coach, Alex Wright, worked with her through high school, along with Lincoln Coach David Bailey, and the remarkable Bob Williams.
Winning six state championship titles representing Lincoln HS, Marie was also a three-time Foot Locker finalist, and a two-time Junior World Cross Country team member. Attending the University of Oregon, she was coached by the legendary Tom Heinonen, becoming a six-time All American. After Oregon, she went semi-pro for the Nike Farm Team. An injury in 2004 closed her competitive running career, but Marie never stopped running, and never stopped loving her sport. In 2017 Marie came back to Lincoln High School as a volunteer coach, and her impact was immediate. Her love of her sport and her love of her high school helped her bring something special and different to the team.
Late summer, as a coach, she went to the Steens Running Camp and participated in a girls only session on the challenges of being a female distance runner led by former teammate at Oregon, Melody Fairchild. She describes that Steens experience as “life changing”. She developed “Girls Talk” as a way to help her girls talk about tough topics. She brought them to the Lincoln XC Girls Team, and amazing things began to happen.
Robyn McGillis joined Central Catholic as an assistant Cross Country coach for the girls' team in 2013 and became the head coach in the fall of 2014. In 2014, Robyn led the RAMS to the Girls Cross Country District Championship and their first ever state meet berth. Robyn is also the current girls' distance coach for Track and Field beginning in 2014. She was recently named the Director of Track and Field Operations. Robyn was named Mt. Hood Conference Women's "Coach of the Year" in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
Robyn was a competitive Track and Field and Cross Country runner at the high school and collegiate level. Competing for University of California (UC), San Diego, she was a national qualifier in the 800m and the mile relay. Robyn is still on the top 10 list for UC San Diego in the 800m. Post-collegiately, Robyn has been a successful road racer competing for the local running club, Run Portland, in races from 5k to marathons.
In 2000, Robyn completed her MBA at the University of Oregon. Robyn and her husband Jeff live in North Portland and have two kids, Ella and Nate.