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Cross country guru Elizabeth Bitting embraces Helen Strelow at Thursday’s Northwest 2B/1B League Championships. (Morgan White photo)

The joy of coaching, distilled into one photo.

Nothing more to say.

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Cole White, out for a stroll. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Run for your closeup.

The Coupeville High School cross country squad hosted, and competed at, the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships Thursday at Fort Casey State Park, attracting fans of all sizes and shapes.

Wanderin’ photographer John Fisken and his cameras were among the onlookers, and the pics seen above and below are courtesy him.

To see everything he snapped, and possibly buy some glossies for Aunt Bertha in Poughkeepsie, pop over to:



Bob Martin keeps things official.

“That way! Go that way!!”

Helen Strelow runs to a league title.

A passing ferry gives chase.

A splash of color, to brighten up the day.

Claire Mayne is in the zone.

The Wolves went 17 runners deep at the league championship meet.

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Coupeville High School cross country runner Helen Strelow won the Northwest 2B/1B League title Thursday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

She saved her biggest moment for the brightest spotlight.

Coupeville High School junior Helen Strelow has been chasing a pair of speedy Mount Vernon Christian runners all season.

Thursday, at the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships, on her home course at Fort Casey State Park, the Wolf chomped the Hurricanes.

Hitting the line three seconds ahead of MVC’s Maddie Nielsen — her closest competitor — Strelow captured the girls individual title, the second-straight Wolf to do so.

She follows in the footsteps of Catherine Lhamon, who accomplished the feat last season as a senior.

Spurred on by Strelow’s title, the CHS girls placed four runners in the top six Thursday, also claiming the team title.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville boys, continuing their season-long war with MVC, placed second in the team results, nipped by just 31-33.

Hurricane sophomore Devin Van Zanten won the individual boys title.

With CHS coach Paige Spangler out of town, middle school cross country guru Elizabeth Bitting returned to the high school side of things for an afternoon.

“What an absolutely amazing day to have the league championship race,” she said. “Mother Nature was kind to us, the course was picture-perfect and the runners were ready!

“Fort Casey is probably my most favorite course in the area,” Bitting added. “The scenery is breathtaking, visitors to the park always cheer on all runners and our volunteers are first class!!!”

Carson Field finished 5th in the boys race.

Bitting, who coached the CHS program last season, got a chance to see many of her former runners in action, with some newcomers in the mix as well.

“Every athlete out there ran an amazing race!,” she said. “You could see the determination and drive in each and every one of them!

“What an amazing accomplishment for them! Each of them gave it their all, pushed themselves to the limits and finished strong!

“It was so awesome to see Helen kick it in high gear and overtake her opponent!”

Coupeville now advances to tri-districts, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

The top two teams, as well as the top 14 individual finishers, qualify for the state meet.

“I wish them all the very best,” Bitting said. “May they all have fast feet, big strides and lots of PR’s!!!”


Complete Thursday results (3.1 miles):



Helen Strelow (1st) 24:56
Bryley Gilbert (4th) 26:21
Cristina McGrath (5th) 26:34
Claire Mayne (6th) 26.38
Erica McGrath (9th) 32:47
Edie Bittner (10th) 38:11



Mitchell Hall (3rd) 19:02
Cole White (4th) 19:23
Carson Field (5th) 19:26
Landon Roberts (10th) 20:44
Thomas Strelow (11th) 20:57
Hank Milnes (12th) 21:01
Tate Wyman (14th) 22:30
Reiley Araceley (17th) 22:59
Alex Merino-Martinez (19th) 24:13
Nick Wasik (23rd) 29:39
Dayvon Donavon (24th) 35:40

Freshman Landon Roberts helped the Wolf boys claim 2nd in the team title race.

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CMS cross country runners fuel up Wednesday at the league championship meet. (Elizabeth Bitting photos)

Noelle Western delivered Coupeville’s best performance.

The circle is complete.

Ending the season where it also began, the Coupeville Middle School cross country squad competed Wednesday at the Cascade League Championships.

Meet host Langley swept both team titles during the 140-runner event, while Coupeville claimed fourth in the girls race, and sixth in the boys.

Individual titles went to Reed Atwood of Langley and Caleb Greenland of Lakewood.

Coupeville placed a runner on the awards stand, with 8th grader Noelle Western claiming 9th place in the girls race.

The Wolves sent 15 runners to the line, with eight of the nine who competed in the season opener coming back around to set a PR on the same course.

“It’s always nice to finish where we first started the season,” said CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting. “So many PR’s, and so many happy faces!

“I am very proud of these athletes,” she added.

“I wish the 8th graders the best of luck in high school and I hope to see everybody else return in the fall! GO WOLVES!!!”


Complete Wednesday results (3000 meters):



Noelle Western (9th) 14:15.92
Mikayla Wagner (14th) 15:08.47
Ivy Rudat (15th) 15:08.80
Aleksia Jump (17th) 15:43.16
Laken Simpson (23rd) 16:03.25
Marin Winger (24th) 16:15.42
Liza Zustiak (28th) 16:38.59
Devon Wyman (36th) 18:58.47
Emma McFadden (38th) 19:12.79
Mary Western (41st) 19:36.61



Beckett Green (24th) 13:38.54
Wyatt Fitch-Marron (29th) 13:54.79
Joshua Stockdale (33rd) 14:21.70
Axel Marshall (41st) 14:54.58
Zack Blitch (61st) 17:50.91

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Coupeville Middle School runners, ready to rumble in Sultan. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

They roared in pink.

Wearing colored wrist bands to show support for the battle against breast cancer, Coupeville Middle School cross country runners came up big Thursday at a meet in Sultan.

The Wolf girls stunned perennial powerhouse Langley, winning a team title in a tight race to the finish.

Coupeville, which put five runners in the top 20, finished with 48 points to their next door neighbor’s 52.

On the boys side, Lakewood ran away with the team title, with Coupeville finishing fifth.

Langley did win both individual titles, with Sienna Nissen and Rowan Jung topping the girls and boys, respectively.

The meet drew 122 runners in all.

CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting was thrilled with the team win, and her runners got to enjoy a wild time along the way.

“They had an adventurous afternoon,” she said. “The course was wet and muddy. They crossed many bridges, and saw lots of salmon swimming in the streams.”


Complete Thursday results (1.7 miles):



Noelle Western (10th) 13:47
Ivy Rudat (12th) 13:51
Aleksia Jump (15th) 14:27
Laken Simpson (18th) 15:10
Mikayla Wagner (19th) 15:10
Marin Winger (26th) 15:50
Liza Zustiak (27th) 16:00
Mary Western (35th) 19:22



Easton Green (20th) 12:42
Beckett Green 
(26th) 13:28
Wyatt Fitch-Marron (30th) 13:40
Joshua Stockdale (35th) 14:15
Axel Marshall (38th) 14:25
Zack Blitch (51st) 14:25

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