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Henry Wynn heads into his senior year. (Photos courtesy Jennifer Wynn)

Wynn hangs out with CHS track coach Randy King.

Henry Wynn is a bit of a trailblazer.

Already a track star at Coupeville High School, he joined Danny Conlisk last year in making the trek to the South end of the Island to also pursue a cross country career.

While CHS has a proud history in the sport, it’s not a current one, as the school doesn’t field its own program — though rumors abound that one might resurface in 2018.

That won’t help Wynn, who starts his senior year this fall.

So, he’ll spend another season training and traveling with South Whidbey, then competing as a Wolf alongside Conlisk, a junior, and younger brother Sam Wynn, a freshman.

During his junior cross country season, Henry Wynn competed in six races, setting a PR during the Olympic League Championships and finishing 26th at districts.

When the spring rolled around, he was right back at it on the track oval, where the highlight was a second-straight trip to state in the 4 x 400.

Wynn, who also skies and plays badminton and soccer, lives for the life of a runner.

“Track (is my favorite), because it’s a challenge for each individual,” he said. “I just enjoy playing.”

He hails his “determination” as his biggest strength while competing, and would like to focus on achieving “more consistency in training.”

“I hope to do really well in both cross country and track, without any injuries,” Wynn said. “I hope be on a track team in college.”

When he’s not training or competing, he keeps busy with a wide range of interests, from sailing to “art, classical music and reading.”

Wynn excels in the classroom (“biology is my favorite subject”) and participates in Big Brothers, Big Sisters to give back to his community.

While running is largely a solitary pursuit, he has a large support crew which he greatly appreciates.

“All my coaches have helped me and my parents. Also, what I’ve learned at my summer track camps has made a big impact on my training.”

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Connor McCormick

Connor McCormick (Wendy McCormick photos)

McCormick, rulin' the waves.

McCormick, rulin’ the waves.

Connor McCormick is a man of many sports.

The Coupeville High School junior, who played first doubles with teammate Loren Nelson in his team’s season-opening match at Archbishop Thomas Murphy, has tried his hand at many athletic endeavors.

He’s a goaltender for the Wolf boys’ soccer squad, has played little league baseball and middle school football and is an avid paintballer.

Tennis first drew his attention back in his days as a freshman because it offered a new challenge.

“This is my third year playing,” McCormick said. “I started because it was a different sport that I wanted to try.”

As he’s developed his game over the past three seasons, he’s found the sweet spot (“hitting a great shot that my opponent can’t return”), while continuing to work on his skills.

“I’m good volleying at the net, but my ground strokes need more top spin and my serve needs a little work,” McCormick said.

A member of Honor Society, he plans to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and take a stab at Science Club this year. He’s also a past veteran of History Day.

Whether he’s whacking backhands past opponents or excelling in the academic world, McCormick benefits from having a strong support crew.

Buoyed by their confidence, the world is his to conquer.

“My family and teammates have been very helpful and supportive on the court and off,” McCormick said. “I plan to do my best and win as many matches as I can.”

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