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   Coupeville’s Chris Battaglia gets medieval on the shot put during Thursday’s Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hannah Davidson lines up her throw.

Working between two rivals, Wolf speed demon Jacob Smith fires up the jets.

   Freshman Kylie Chernikoff makes her high school track and field debut a successful one.

   Thane Peterson contemplates the state of the universe before flinging his discus into the great unknown.

A day after her birthday Lindsey Roberts gets airborne in the hurdles.

The shoes were tightly tied, the shot puts were flying and the cameras were clicking.

Thursday brought the start of a new high school track and field season, and the presence of all three Whidbey Island schools in one location was enough to draw John Fisken out of hiding.

The camera bug hit the Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor, and the Coupeville-heavy pics seen above are courtesy him.

To see everything Wolf-related Fisken shot, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember, purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes. Circle of life and all.

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   South Whidbey’s Carl Henri Chapman (left) and Coupeville’s Jean Lund-Olsen, who both hail from Haiti, hang out at Thursday’s Island Jamboree. (Photo by Jon Chapman)

   Lauren Bayne kicked off her senior campaign with a win in the high jump. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You know it’s a good day when you can make Randy King gush.

The longtime Coupeville High School track and field guru has been around the oval a few times, so not a lot surprises him.

But there he was Thursday, hale and hearty after recovering from surgery, and popping his buttons while watching his Wolves open the season at the Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor.

“Our work over the past two weeks is bearing fruit!,” King said. “My, oh my. Lots of good performances.

“Looking forward to next week and a full meet!”

Thursday presented the latest chapter in an annual event which brings all three Whidbey Island schools together, with 1A Coupeville and South Whidbey competing against 3A Oak Harbor.

Despite facing stiff competition, the Wolves acquitted themselves quite nicely, winning three events (and a fourth unofficially), claiming six second-place finishes and compiling 31 PR’s.

The stars of the day were Emma Smith (shot put), Allison Wenzel (discus) and Lauren Bayne (high jump), who all ended up on the highest step of the award stand.

Kylie Chernikoff, Hannah Davidson, Wenzel and Bayne also teamed up to win the only relay of the day, which was a special one for throwers.

While times weren’t recorded or posted for the event, the Wolves broke the tape first, and everyone saw it, so bow down to Cow Town.

Coupeville also got second-place finishes from Thane Peterson (discus), Danny Conlisk (800), Mallory Kortuem (400), Ryan Labrador (shot put), Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles) and Jean Lund-Olsen (long jump).

Complete CHS results:


100 — Mallory Kortuem (6th) 13.72

200 — Lindsey Roberts (3rd) 28.73; Ashlie Shank (9th) 30.47; Zoe Trujillo (13th) 31.42 *PR*

400 — Kortuem (2nd) 1:05.36 *PR*; Natalie Hollrigel (6th) 1:10.35 *PR*; Shank (8th) 1:10.60 *PR*

800 — Catherine Lhamon (7th) 2:54.21 *PR*; Lucy Sandahl (8th) 2:55.01; Hollrigel (15th) 3:25.30 *PR*

1600 — Lhamon (5th) 6:12.66 *PR*; Sandahl (7th) 6:22.77

100 Hurdles — Roberts (2nd) 16.17; Ja’Tarya Hoskins (5th) 19.80 *PR*

Throwers Relay — Allison Wenzel, Lauren Bayne, Kylie Chernikoff, Hannah Davidson (1st) NO TIMES RECORDED

Shot put — Emma Smith (1st) 29-09 *PR*; Chernikoff (4th) 24-06 *PR*

Discus — Wenzel (1st) 82-06; Chernikoff (3rd) 78-03 *PR*; Davidson (4th) 72-03 *PR*; E. Smith (6th) 70-10; Abby Parker (7th) 65-10

Javelin — Bayne (4th) 95-05; Wenzel (5th) 91-11; Davidson (6th) 85-11 *PR*; Raven Vick (10th) 80-04; Trujillo (11th) 78-06 *PR*; Parker (12th) 74-01

High Jump — Bayne (1st) 4-08; Cassidy Moody (3rd) 4-04; Hoskins (5th) 4-00; Willow Vick (5th) 4-00 *PR*


100 — Jacob Smith (3rd) 11.57, Jean Lund-Olsen (10th) 11.96 *PR*; Thane Peterso(20th) 13.47 *PR*; Chris Ruck (24th) 14.07 *PR*

200 — Kyle Burnett (10th) 26.71 *PR*; Luke Carlson (14th) 27.66; Ethan Clavette (22nd) 29.87 *PR*

400 — J. Smith (4th) 54.27; Burnett (12th) 1:02.70 *PR*

800 — Danny Conlisk (2nd) 2:15.83

1600 — Conlisk (3rd) 4:56.14 *PR*

Shot Put — Ryan Labrador (2nd) 38-05 *PR*; Chris Battaglia (4th) 36-07; Keahi Sorrows (6th) 35-04 *PR*; Matt Stevens (19th) 26-07 *PR*

Discus — Peterson (2nd) 90-05 *PR*; Sorrows (4th) 86-09; Labrador (16th) 60-00; Clavett(19th) 50-01 *PR*

Javelin — Battaglia (4th) 128-05 *PR*; Carlson (8th) 108-05 *PR*; Andrew Martin (9th) 107-10 *PR*

Long Jump — Lund-Olsen (2nd) 18-01; Ruck (7th) 10-08 *PR*

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   Coupeville junior Danny Conlisk (left) hangs out with Wolf legend Kyle King. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

It was the “home meet” before the home meet.

While Coupeville High School will host a real, honest-to-goodness track meet at its facility Mar. 28, the Wolves tested out timing equipment and such Friday during a practice meet.

While most of the races featured CHS athletes competing against each other, there was one ringer in the bunch.

Former Wolf supernova Kyle King, a man who won five state track and field titles during his heyday, was there to help out dad Randy, the CHS coach.

The younger King, who went on to run at Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma after his high school days, went toe-to-toe with current Wolves like Danny Conlisk, passing on knowledge and encourgement.

Then he went out and beat them in a race, just to make sure they still knew who the Alpha Wolf was.

Having a rare opportunity to work with one of the most accomplished athletes in school history was a major score for the current generation of track stars.

“So thankful,” said Wolf mom Dawnelle Conlisk. “Danny walked away with priceless knowledge.”

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   After two top-four finishes at state in the 200, Wolf senior Jacob Smith has his eyes on a state title. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Juniors Ashlie Shank (left) and Lindsey Roberts are back to tear up the track.

Depth, experience and talent.

The Coupeville High School track team boasts all of that, a strong coaching staff and improved facilities which now include new covered stands, announcing booth and dedicated track storage building.

All of that brings a huge smile to the face of longtime Wolf head coach Randy King, who is partially new himself, after successful hip replacement surgery.

The oval guru will call on returning assistant coaches Bob Martin (throwers, high jumpers), Chad Felgar (sprinters, hurdlers, long jumpers), Neil Rixe (distance runners), Jordan Ford (vaulters) and Lincoln Kelley (javelin) to help with his 40+ athlete roster.

Also joining the crew is Sylvia Hurlburt, a state meet veteran whose name appears several times on the CHS track record board.

The former Wolf star has come home to work with the sprinters and relay teams.

“Our team is really fortunate to have all this help and I really appreciate them,” King said.

Headlining the Coupeville roster are a host of athletes who made the long trek to Cheney last season.

Junior Lindsey Roberts, who has racked up four state meet medals in her first two seasons, leads the returning Wolves.

A school record holder in three events (100 hurdles plus both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays), she is chasing history.

Only three Wolf girls (Makana Stone with seven, Natasha Bamberger with six and Yashmeen Knox with five) have won more state meet medals than Roberts.

Her counterpart on the male side of the roster is senior Jacob Smith, whose school-record mark in the 200 has him ranked #1 among all returning 1A runners in the state.

After finishing fourth at state during his sophomore campaign, Smith claimed third last year.

As he chases a state title in the 200, the speed demon, who also went to state in the 100 and the 4 x 400, will add the 400 to his to-do list this season.

Maya Toomey-Stout, who became the first Wolf girl in school history to compete in four different events at one state meet (100, 200, 4 x 1, 4 x 2) is back for her sophomore season.

This time around, “The Gazelle” is joined by both of her brothers, senior Cameron and sophomore Sean.

Other state meet vets include junior Danny Conlisk (400, 800, 4 x 4), seniors Lauren Bayne (high jump), Henry Wynn (4 x 4) and Ariah Bepler (high jump) and sophomore Mallory Kortuem (4 x 1, 4 x 2).

Beyond the Wolves who competed at Cheney last year, the squad boasts considerable depth.

Some key returnees include seniors Mckenzie Meyer, Abby Parker and Allison Wenzel, juniors Emma Smith, Chris Battaglia, Ashlie Shank and Jakobi Baumann and sophomores Raven Vick and Lucy Sandahl.

Meyer set a school record in the pole vault last year.

Two promising newcomers are sophomores Zoe Trujillo, who hops over from tennis, and Chris Ruck, who transferred from La Salle.

As the Wolves make their final run through the Olympic League and District 3 — next year they jump to District 1 and the new North Sound Conference — King would like to see his charges make a solid exit.

“As far as team goals are concerned, we aren’t asking too much from our athletes this season,” he said with a smile and wink. “Just to run faster, jump better, and throw farther than they ever have before!

“Together with some work, and attention to technique, we can do this,” King added. “It is really going to be exciting to see what this group accomplishes this season.”

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   Hope Lodell, frozen in place like a human Popsicle on a chilly first day of “spring” sports practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Dawson Houston works on his ball control skills.

Sage Renninger (front) and Genna Wright get limbered up for tennis.

Diamond men Jake Hoagland (front) and Dane Lucero go for the (cold) burn.

Mckenzie Meyer stretches out the ol’ hamstrings.

Ron Wright stays warm by peppering balls all across the frozen tundra.

Jean Lund-Olsen cruises into a new track season.

   Payton Aparicio shows Renninger, her doubles partner, the best way to chop ice off your car in the morning.

“Thank you and good night!!”

Spring sports are back. Spring weather is not.

Braving a chilly, possibly still ice-encrusted prairie, five Coupeville High School teams kicked off a new season Monday, and chattering photo bug John Fisken was on hand to document the doings.


I was under my blankets on the recliner, watching old videos of Bill Laimbeer and the Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” beatin’ the crud out of Michael Jordan.

Much warmer.

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