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Ten of the 14 CHS cross country runners who competed Thursday, including Tate Wyman, are freshmen. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Claire Mayne (left) finished 3rd in the girls race at a four-team meet. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

The future is today and tomorrow.

As the reborn Coupeville High School cross country team plows through its second season, the team is dominated by underclassmen.

Ten of the 14 Wolves who ran Thursday at a four-team meet in Granite Falls are freshmen, and CHS coach Luke Samford will lose just one senior, Chris Ruck.

Racing against Cedar Park Christian, Sultan, and the meet hosts, Coupeville’s boys claimed third-place in the team standings.

Leading the way was one of those fab frosh, as Mitchell Hall claimed 5th place on the 5,000 meter course.

On the girls side, there were no team standings as none of the schools had a full five-woman crew in attendance, but the Wolves were the dominant team.

Led by junior Catherine Lhamon, who hit the line in 2nd place, the Wolves claimed four of the top seven slots.

Coming off its strong showing in the regular-season finale, Coupeville next heads to the North Sound Conference Championships Oct. 26 at Lakewood.


Complete Thursday results:


Catherine Lhamon (2nd) 23:09.90
Claire Mayne
(3rd) 23:49.20
Helen Strelow
(5th) 24:06.60
Cristina McGrath
(7th) 26:07.90


Mitchell Hall (5th) 19:18.50
Aidan Wilson
(11th) 20:00.80
Sam Wynn
(13th) 20:08.50
Cameron Epp
(16th) 20:30.10
Reiley Araceley
(21st) 21:35.90
Aiden Anderson (24th) 22:03.20
Alexander Wasik (27th) 22:32.10
Tate Wyman
(28th) 22:54.70
Eli Kastner
(34th) 23:51.30
Chris Ruck
(35th) 25:11.70

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Cameron Epp set a PR Saturday at the 5,000+ runner Nike Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Helen Strelow also ran her high school best on the 5000 meter course, one of nine Wolves to hit a PR at Lakewood High School.

A sea of humanity, all clad in racing shoes.

That was what awaited the Coupeville High School cross country squad when it arrived Saturday morning at Lakewood High School.

The Nike Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational attracted 5,000+ runners, from multiple states and two countries, with 14 of the harriers wearing the red and black of the Wolves.

“That meet was crazy!!!!,” said first-year CHS coach Luke Samford with a laugh.

By the time the final runner had crossed the line, with multiple 5000 meter races being contested to handle the crush, nine of the 14 Coupeville athletes walked back to the bus with a PR.

Having survived the biggest field of the season, the Wolves now head down the stretch run, starting with the last regular-season meet Oct. 17 at Granite Falls.

The Wolves return to Lakewood Oct. 26 for the North Sound Conference championships, with the lure of the district and state meet beckoning from Nov. if any CHS runners hit qualifying times.


Complete Saturday results:


Catherine Lhamon (204th) 22:42.5
Claire Mayne (236th) 23:02.9 *PR*
Alana Mihill (246th) 23:10.6 *PR*
Helen Strelow (298th) 23:51.9 *PR*
Cristina McGrath (348th) 26:10.7 *PR*


Mitchell Hall (133rd) 18:51.3 *PR*
Sam Wynn 
(214th) 19:26.0
Aidan Wilson
 (230th) 19:33.1 *PR*
Cameron Epp
 (302nd) 20:07.0 *PR*
Aiden Anderson
(414th) 21:02.9 *PR*
Reiley Araceley
(428th) 21:33.5
Alexander Wasik
 (446th) 22:16.9
Tate Wyman 
(451st) 22:43.9
Eli Kastner
(454th) 24:37.1 *PR*

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Catherine Lhamon had the best time of any Coupeville High School girl Saturday in Shoreline. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Reiley Araceley and the Wolf boys won the JV team title, a milestone for a reborn program. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

This has been a long time coming.

Long enough that none of the current Coupeville High School cross country runners were alive the last time it happened.

In their second year back in the sport, after a two-decade absence from competition, the Wolf boys claimed a team title Saturday in Shoreline.

Running at the 13th annual King’s Roller Coaster Trail Run, Coupeville nipped Cascade Christian to capture first-place in the three-mile JV race.

The Wolves, who were led by freshmen Mitchell Hall and Aidan Wilson, who finished 3rd and 6th in the individual competition, racked up 68 points, two fewer than the runner-ups.

Chelan, King’s, Rainier Christian, Marysville-Pilchuck, Orcas Island, Bear Creek, Bellevue Christian, and Blaine rounded out the JV field.

On the girls side, the Wolves finished 5th in the varsity race, with King’s winning the team title.

First-year CHS coach Luke Samford headed back to the bus with a spring in his step after watching his young crew hit new heights.

“The boys ran better than ever at this one!,” he said. “I was very impressed how each of them stepped up individually, and ran well as a team.

“The women had a great day as well,” Samford added. “Again, great execution across the board. These next few weeks I’m excited to see the continued growth.”


Complete Saturday results:


Catherine Lhamon (16th) 23:10.73
Claire Mayne (17th) 23:16.55
Alana Mihill (18th) 23:20.54
Helen Strelow (34th) 26:35.82
Cristina McGrath (39th) 28:01.05


Mitchell Hall (3rd) 19:25.15
Aidan Wilson (6th) 19:52.68
Cameron Epp (20th) 20:52.55
Reiley Araceley (21st) 20:54.60
Tate Wyman (26th) 21:09.24
Alexander Wasik (38th) 21:55.43
Chris Ruck (44th) 22:39.54
Aiden Anderson (50th) 23:11.29
Eli Kastner (52nd) 23:20.54

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Freshman Mitchell Hall had the best performance out of 13 CHS cross country runners Saturday at a 43-school meet in Bellingham. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back, l to r, Cameron Epp, Mitchell Hall, Eli Kastner, Aiden Anderson, coach Luke Samford. Front: Aidan Wilson, Sam Wynn, Reiley Araceley, Tate Wyman.

Back: Alana Mihill, Catherine Lhamon. Front: Cristina McGrath, Helen Strelow, Claire Mayne.

They had plenty of company.

Coupeville High School sent 13 runners to the Gear Up Sports Northwest Preview/Sehome Invitational in Bellingham Saturday, and those Wolves found themselves surrounded on all sides.

There were 43 schools represented at the meet, with more than 100 runners in each of nine races.

The day’s competition was divided up by class, with freshmen running against each other, and on through sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Coupeville’s top performance came from freshmen Mitchell Hall, who covered the two-mile course in 12 minutes, 46.64 seconds.

He was one of eight Wolf boys to compete — six of those harriers are freshmen — while the CHS girls sent five to the starting line.

Coupeville is right back at it next Saturday, when they travel a much-shorter distance.

The destination will be South Whidbey High School, and the event will be the 41st edition of the Carl Westling Invitational.


Saturday’s results:




Claire Mayne (57th) 15:46.87
Helen Strelow (58th) 15:47.73
Cristina McGrath (100th) 18:01.51 *PR*


Alana Mihill (43rd) 15:27.00


Catherine Lhamon (30th) 14:44.49




Mitchell Hall (55th) 12:46.64
Aidan Wilson (77th) 13:15.83
Reiley Araceley (104th) 13:44.76
Cameron Epp (111th) 14:00.36 *PR*
Tate Wyman (114th) 14:03.74
Aiden Anderson (134th) 14:52.33


Sam Wynn (106th) 13:05.14
Eli Kastner (145th) 16:29.42

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Coupeville High School cross country kicked off a new season Thursday at a six-team North Sound Conference meet in Arlington. (Photos by Susan Hulst)

Ready to hit the trail.

Year two got off to a nice start.

The Coupeville High School cross country squad and new coach Luke Samford made their debut Thursday at a six-team meet in Arlington and growth was the word of the day.

The Wolves, who returned to the trails last season after a two-decade absence, have increased their numbers, and are doing so in the best way possible – with the addition of freshmen who could help carry the program for years to come.

Facing off with its fellow North Sound Conference rivals, Coupeville sent nine boys and four girls to the starting line, with eight of the 13 being 9th graders.

The Wolves have 17 runners on the roster, including three boys and one girl (including two more freshmen) who didn’t compete in the first meet.

That’s up from 2018, when CHS had six boys and two girls on its roster.

Those two female returnees — junior Catherine Lhamon and sophomore Alana Mihill — had the best performances of the day, finishing 13th and 15th in a strong field.

Naomi Smith, a powerhouse from King’s, took the individual title on the two-mile course at River Meadows Park, cruising across the line in 11 minutes, 9.50 seconds.

On the boys side, freshman Mitchell Hall was the top Wolf, claiming 25th, while Isaac Cortes of Granite Falls copped the crown.

The South Whidbey boys and King’s girls won the team titles.


Coupeville’s runners:


Catherine Lhamon (13th) 14:36.80
Alana Mihill
(15th) 15:07.70
Claire Mayne
(17th) 15:14.10
Helen Strelow
(19th) 15:45.40


Mitchell Hall (25th) 12:38.20
Sam Wynn (38th) 13:02.50
Aidan Wilson (39th) 13:02.80
Reiley Araceley (47th) 13:43.50
Tate Wyman (49th) 14:02.30
Cameron Epp (52nd) 14:04.00
Chris Ruck (53rd) 14:04.30
Aiden Anderson (55th) 14:16.70
Eli Kastner (64th) 15:17.90

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