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   Lindsey Roberts gives a thumbs-up Saturday after breaking her own school record in the 100 hurdles. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

A tenth of a second here, a tenth of a second there.

As the high school track and field season plays out, the Top 10 charts ebb and flow from meet to meet.

Day to day, hour to hour, they change, most heavily right after Thursday and Saturday, when most meets are held.

By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another top time or two may have suddenly appeared seemingly out of thin air.

That’s just life on the athletic.net boards.

But, at this exact moment, 10:57 AM, Sunday, Apr. 15, here’s how Coupeville’s best currently stack up against all other 1A athletes in the state.


100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (6th) 15.82 *Same position on charts as before*

4 x 200 Relay — Ashlie Shank, Mallory Kortuem, Roberts, Maya Toomey-Stout (6th) 1:52.13 *Debut on charts*


100 — Jacob Smith (5th) 11.32 *Up five slots*

200 — Smith (5th) 23.26 *Down two slots*

400 — Danny Conlisk (5th) 57.97 *Returns to charts*

4 x 100 — Cameron Toomey-Stout, Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, Jacob Smith (8th) 45.45 *Down one slot*

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   Wolf seniors Lauren Rose (left) and Hope Lodell were named Friday to the 1A All-State volleyball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School had two of the best spikers in the state this fall.

It’s official, as seniors Lauren Rose and Hope Lodell were named to the All-State team Friday by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

The duo received Honorable Mention nods, along with Klahowya libero Maile Lueck.

King’s, which won the state title, had the 1A Player of the Year (outside hitter Alli Hansen) and Coach of the Year (Jeff Fransen).

Rose was honored for her work as a setter, while Lodell, who exits holding CHS single season and career records for service aces, was named to the team as a libero.

As part of a stellar group of seniors — The Magnificent Seven — they led the Wolves to a second-straight Olympic League championship.

Coupeville won every set it played against conference foes this season, to the tune of 27-0, tied a program single-season record with 13 victories and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 2004.

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   CHS sophomore Lindsey Roberts (center) is in the Top 10 among all 1A athletes in three events. (Deb Smith photo)

They’re contenders.

As track and field heads to the start line for postseason action, a pack of skilled Coupeville High School athletes lead the way.

The Elite Eight, which includes three freshmen, one sophomore, one junior and three seniors, currently hold positions in the Top 10 among all 1A participants.

Lindsey Roberts is the pace car, with her name appearing three times, while Jacob Smith is the lone Wolf to pop up in two individual events.

Where CHS athletes sit (as of 11:38 AM Saturday morning):


100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (9th) 16.30

4 x 100 Relay — Lauren Grove, Mallory Kortuem, Maya Toomey-Stout, Roberts (9th) 52.11

4 x 200 Relay — Grove, Roberts, Toomey-Stout, Kortuem (4th) 1:49.36

High Jump — Cassidy Moody (5th) 5-00


100 — Jacob Smith (7th) 11.32

200 — Smith (6th) 23.08

Long Jump — Jacob Martin (7th) 20-07

Triple Jump — Mitchell Carroll (5th) 42-06.50

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   State meet veteran Lauren Grove is a vital part of two highly-successful Wolf relay units. (John Fisken photo)

Jacob Smith made his move.

Running a very strong race at the Cashmere Invitational Saturday, the Coupeville High School junior propelled himself into the Top 10 for boys who have run the 100 in 1A this season.

He’s the only Wolf to appear on the leaders list in two individual races, while sophomore Lindsey Roberts (100 hurdles and two relays) shows up three times total.

With Danny Conlisk sliding back in to the Top 10 in the 400 (he won his race at Cashmere), CHS has eight athletes currently among the very best in their classification.

Coupeville’s Top 10 performances (current as of 10:00 AM Sunday):


100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (5th) 16.30

4 x 100 — Lauren Grove, Roberts, Maya Toomey-Stout, Mallory Kortuem (5th) 52.17

4 x 200 — Grove, Kortuem, Roberts, Toomey-Stout (4th) 1:50.23

High Jump — Cassidy Moody (4th) 5-00


100 — Jacob Smith (5th) 11.32

200 — Smith (3rd) 23.08

400 — Danny Conlisk (10th) 52.70

Long Jump — Jacob Martin (5th) 20-07

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Lindsey Roberts (John Fisken photo)

   Lindsey Roberts (20) and Lauren Grove (3) were key players last year for both girls basketball and track. (John Fisken photo)

It’s time to take the next step.

Two years ago, Coupeville High School left behind the 1A/2A Cascade Conference and joined Port Townsend, Klahowya and Chimacum in starting the 1A Olympic League.

Since then, the Wolves have acquitted themselves strongly, jumping from 40 league wins and two titles (girls basketball and tennis) in 2014-2015 to 42 wins and a league-best four titles (girls basketball and tennis, plus baseball and boys tennis) this past school year.

CHS, despite trailing Klahowya 445-227 in the latest Washington Interscholastic Activities Association student body counts, has more than held its own with the Eagles, and, as a school, is well ahead of its other two league mates.

Not bad, especially when you realize Coupeville is the 6th-smallest true 1A school, and Klahowya is the 2nd-biggest.

What has been missing for the Wolves, though, is major postseason success.

A study posted today by The Columbian in Vancouver breaks down success at state tournaments across 15 sports, and it finds Coupeville was the 50th most successful 1A school (out of 64) over the past two years.

Not surprisingly, ritzy private school King’s tops the chart (by a lot), while Klahowya is #22.

That’s based largely on state titles won by the Eagles soccer programs, since the chart gives five points for a team championship.

The Wolves racked up three points in two years, earning a single point apiece for three separate teams which finished between 9th and 16th at state.

The CHS girls’ hoops program, which lost to Cashmere in the Regional (final 16) round of the state tourney this winter, nabs one.

The other two points come courtesy the Wolf track teams, with the girls (11th at state this year) and boys (15th) being recognized for their work in Cheney this spring.

So, what’s the positive?

Easy, Coupeville got some points, unlike five schools — Bush, Eastside Prep, Stevenson, River View and Wahluke, which were blanked over the past two years.

That’s got to really sting for Wahluke, which at 422.5 students, is the fifth-biggest 1A school in student body size.

But there’s also a heck of a lot of room for improvement for Coupeville to make.

The Wolves need to make that next step, turning league success into postseason success, much as they did in the early-to-mid 2000s.

A 3rd place finish by the 2002 softball squad.

Three top-eight performances by the girls’ basketball program from 2002-2005.

A long string of success in the Cheney sun by the track teams.

It’s happened before, and it can (and should) happen again.

Coupeville just needs to take that next step.

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