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Mitchell Hall flies into action. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cristina McGrath

Aiden Anderson

Claire Mayne

Eli Kastner

Alana Mihill

It’s a photo dump before the big meet.

This Saturday, Coupeville High School junior Catherine Lhamon runs at the 1A state cross country meet in Pasco, putting a final stamp on the harrier season.

Before we get there, it’s time for me to let free the photos I hadn’t yet used, so that they might frolic down the trail.

It’s one action pic and five portraits, with all of them now going live on the internet for your viewing pleasure.

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Aidan Wilson was one of 13 CHS cross country runners to hit the trail Wednesday in South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sun was out, and Wolf freshman Helen Strelow was zipping right along. (Photo courtesy Brian Strelow)

Sophomore Alana Mihill was 9th, best showing by a Wolf harrier. (Jackie Saia photo)

The sun was out, and, finally, so were the runners again.

Returning to the trails after nearly a two-week break, 13 Coupeville High School cross country runners competed Wednesday at a North Sound Conference meet in South Whidbey.

Sophomore Alana Mihill and freshman Mitchell Hall recorded the best finishes of any Wolf, hitting the line in 9th and 10th places, respectively.

Naomi Smith of King’s and Michael Harwell of South Whidbey won the individual races on the 5,000 meter course, while their respective squads captured team titles as well.

The next turn-around will be much, much shorter for Coupeville, as the Wolves head to Lakewood this Saturday for the huge Nike Hole in the Wall Classic.


Complete Wednesday results:


Alana Mihill (9th) 23:55.59
Claire Mayne (12th) 24:36.09
Helen Strelow (17th) 25:57.49
Cristina McGrath (21st) 27:15.93


Mitchell Hall (10th) 19:12.11
Sam Wynn (22nd) 20:30.11
Aidan Wilson (23rd) 20:34.26
Cameron Epp (29th) 20:45.49
Reiley Araceley (37th) 21:18.51
Aiden Anderson (43rd) 21:44.31
Alexander Wasik (49th) 21:58.11
Tate Wyman (50th) 21:58.71
Chris Ruck (58th) 23:07.80

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Helen Strelow (365) and Cristina McGrath pound the trail Saturday at a 40-team cross country meet in Langley. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Wolf boys attack as a group. (Jackie Saia photo)

Catherine Lhamon had Coupeville’s best finish on the day. (Saia photo)

Aidan Wilson matches a rival step for step. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Alana Mihill (left) and Claire Mayne cruise home. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Runners as far as the eye can see.

Or at least pretty close.

The revived Coupeville High School cross country program invaded the 41st Carl Westling Invitational in South Whidbey Saturday, one of 40 teams to make the trek.

The Wolf harriers, in their second season of bringing the school’s program back to life, sent 15 runners to the line, with a complete scoring team in both the girls and boys varsity races.

Coupeville’s runners and their (many, many) compatriots covered 5,000 meters in Langley, while competing in both varsity and JV races.


Complete CHS results:

GIRLS (varsity):

Catherine Lhamon (54th) 24:11.50
Alana Mihill (55th) 24:20.56
Claire Mayne (56th) 24:20.88
Helen Strelow (73rd) 25:57.86
Cristina McGrath (88th) 29:13.00

BOYS (varsity):

Mitchell Hall (101st) 19:53.56
Aidan Wilson (123rd) 20:38.59
Sam Wynn (136th) 21:26.80
Reiley Araceley (139th) 22:07.60
Cameron Epp (140th) 22:10.85
Tate Wyman (143rd) 22:50.00
Chris Ruck (146th) 23:30.00


Alexander Wasik (98th) 23:04.91
Aiden Anderson (156th) 24:37.58
Eli Kastner (178th) 25:16.68

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Sam Wynn is the top returning male runner for Coupeville High School cross country. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alana Mihill (center) and Catherine Lhamon are back to pace an expanding girls team.

Step by step, the program is coming back.

Coupeville High School jumped back into cross country last season, after a two-decade absence, and found some immediate success.

Now, with a new coach on hand, the Wolves want to keep building numbers, while preparing their harriers to run far into the postseason.

Luke Samford, who spent the previous seven years coaching cross country and track at the college level, replaces Natasha Bamberger, who stepped down to focus on her real-world job.

The new Wolf head man immediately jumped into things, and has a good mix of returning runners and newcomers.

Juniors Sam Wynn and Catherine Lhamon and sophomore Alana Mihill top the letter winners, while three freshmen have already made their presence felt.

“Right now, on the men’s side, Mitchell Hall has been looking really good at the first few practices,” Samford said. “It is evident he put in some miles over the summer, and it shows.

“On the women’s side, our two freshmen girls, Claire (Mayne) and Helen (Strelow), have both been finding their strengths!,” he added. “I’m really pleased with their attitudes and work ethic. They are going to be good running partners for the future, too.”

The biggest challenge for the Wolves will be to grow, both as individual runners and as a unit.

“We are a young team!,” Samford said. “There’s not a lot of racing experience in the upperclassmen either, since the program is so new.”

Putting in the miles should pay off down the road, however.

“Cross country is a sport where the big competitions happen in October and November, but the season is won during July and August!,” Samford said. “It takes time to get ready for high-level racing.

“I think we missed some miles over the summer, but our raw talent, work ethic, and systematic approach to training will shore up these weakness,” he added. “What we need most, is to put our noses to the grindstone, and get the work done.

“Focusing on having consistent days of quality training turn into weeks, into months, and into seasons, is the key to success in this sport.”

With Coupeville also restarting its cross country program at the middle school level in 2018, one of the key building blocks was set in place.

Runners shaped by CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting are already making the jump up to high school, while the next waves will be where the real pay-offs happen.

“On the boys and girls sides we have a lot of freshman with a tremendous amount of potential,” Samford said. “Our returners also had a year of great coaching last year, so they know what it’s going to take to get to the next competitive level.

“Our middle school program is AWESOME and will be a great source of getting talented athletes in Coupeville into the sport.”

While numbers are up for both girls and boys, the girls are still a hair away from having a full roster.

Mihill and Lhamon ran last year, and the addition of Strelow and Mayne bumps the girls team to four harriers, but they need a fifth runner to be a full-scoring team in competition.

“We need a few more girls to join us!!!!!,” Samford pleaded. “To any parents, grandparents, or to the kids themselves — cross country is a sport about camaraderie, inclusion, and self-improvement.

“Yes, it’s difficult. It’s worth it, though!”

Coupeville, which has seven regular-season meets on the books, kicks off its season Sept. 12 at Granite Falls.

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Jean Lund-Olsen fires towards the finish line. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Raven Vick charges into battle.

Thane Peterson sails away.

Jakobi Baumann takes it all in stride.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins comes back down to Earth.

Ryan Labrador dances with the discus.

Alana Mihill grits it out, pounding laps in the day’s longest race.

Ja’Tarya Hoskins floats over the hurdles.

The wandering paparazzi ended up down in Lynden.

Looking for something to fill his day, photographer John Fisken swung by the district track meet Saturday, as Coupeville wrapped up the two-day event by adding two more titles to its collection.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some glossies for grandma, pop over to:


And remember, a percentage of all sales comes back around, as Fisken hands out two scholarships each year to CHS senior student/athletes.

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