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Mica Shipley, during her high school days. (Photo courtesy Tammy Akard)

Another year in the spotlight.

Coupeville grad Mica Shipley was back front and center Saturday, kicking off her third season as an NCAA D-I cheerleader.

She and her teammates brought the noise and the pride in Cheney, as Eastern Washington University football rallied to beat visiting Tennessee State 36-29 in the season opener.

The game included a 55-minute lightning delay.

The Eagles, who are looking for a 16th straight winning season, have a jam-packed schedule of big-time games on the horizon.

Two in particular stand out.

EWU travels to Eugene to face the University of Oregon Sept. 10 and plays the University of Florida in Gainesville Oct. 1.

Shipley, the most electrifying woman in sports entertainment, is a junior at EWU.

During her time in Coupeville, she was a cheer captain and helped lead the Wolves back to being a competition squad after a seven-year gap.

Shipley and Co. earned third place at the state meet during her junior season, before competing at nationals the next year.

The cheer supernova also modeled for Glitter Starz, a national leader in custom all-star uniforms, warm-ups, and other cheer essentials.

 

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Coupeville junior Ryanne Knoblich, the second-best high jumper in 2B, celebrates with coaches Bob Martin and Elizabeth Bitting. (Photo courtesy Roberta Madsen)

The Wolves prep for opening ceremonies at the state track and field championships in Cheney. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

They exited in style.

Closing the 2B state track and field championships strongly, Coupeville High School athletes claimed three 2nd place finishes and a 3rd Saturday in Cheney.

The medal windfall propelled the Wolf boys to a 7th place finish in the team standings, while the CHS girls were 27th.

Rainier and St. George’s claimed boys and girls team titles, respectively, topping a field of 38 schools.

Logan Martin lets loose. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Saturday was all about the big finishes, with Logan Martin (discus), Ryanne Knoblich (high jump), and the boys 4 x 100 relay team earning runner-up status.

Aidan Wilson, who ran a leg on that relay, also finished 3rd in the 800 after a first place showing in Friday’s prelims.

The speedy junior was joined by Caleb Meyer, Dominic Coffman, and Reiley Araceley on the 4 x 1 squad, which was nipped 45.04 seconds to 45.11 by Kittitas.

Relay speed demons (l to r) Dominic Coffman, Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, and Aidan Wilson show off their new bling. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

Coupeville actually had four 2nd place finishes, with Martin opening things with a bang Friday in the shot put.

After going two springs without a state meet, thanks to the pandemic, the Wolves sent 16 athletes to Cheney this time around, with six medaling.

They join an exclusive club, as CHS now has 77 track and field medalists in its history, with that group combining to earn 187 medals all-time.

Coupeville, which lost longtime coach Randy King to retirement before this season, was led by the super-powered combo of Bob Martin and Elizabeth Bitting, and the duo are set up for continued success.

Only three of the 16 Wolves at state are seniors — Martin, Meyer, and Ja’Kenya Hoskins — with seven juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen rounding out the Cheney crew.

“I am beyond happy and proud of this team!” Bitting said. “Their story isn’t finished yet! You should hear them talking about next season!

“What an absolutely wonderful journey this season has been,” she added.

“Here’s already looking forward to next season!”

Carolyn Lhamon (center) hangs out with mom and big sis Catherine, also a state meet veteran. (Photo courtesy Helene Lhamon)

 

Complete Saturday results:

 

GIRLS:

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (16th) 29-02.50

High Jump — Ryanne Knoblich (2nd) 5-00

Long Jump — Knoblich (11th) 14-07

 

BOYS:

800 — Aidan Wilson (3rd) 2:01.35 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (2nd) 45.15

Discus — Logan Martin (2nd) 153-07

Legendary Wolf senior Ja’Kenya Hoskins (far left) and her young proteges — Lyla Stuurmans, Knoblich, and Ayden Wyman. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

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After strong performances Friday, Aidan Wilson is guaranteed to win two state meet medals at the 2B championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ayden Wyman (left) and Lyla Stuurmans made it to the big dance as just freshmen.

Cheney is once more the promised land.

After the pandemic shut things down for two springs, the state track and field championships returned to Eastern Washington University, and Coupeville High School athletes are back to setting PR’s and winning medals.

Friday was a mix of finals and prelims for 2B schools, with the Wolves shining in both.

Senior Logan Martin earned Coupeville’s first medal, finishing 2nd in the shot put, trailing only Rainier standout Jeremiah Nubbe, who shattered the meet record.

Martin joins a select group, becoming the 72nd CHS track athlete all-time to win a state meet medal, and the second in his family.

Older brother Dalton earned four as a thrower — but also didn’t lose two seasons to Covid — and Logan gets a crack at a second medal Saturday in the discus throw.

Coupeville has six finals Saturday and is guaranteed to medal in at least two events — the boys 800 and 4 x 100 relay.

Wolf junior Aidan Wilson punched his ticket to the 800 final by running the fastest time of the day among 12 runners in Friday’s prelims.

If he repeats that feat Saturday, he will become the 10th state champion in school history.

Wilson will be busy, as he is also slated to run a leg in the 4 x 1, joining senior Caleb Meyer, and juniors Reiley Araceley and Dominic Coffman.

That unit finished 3rd in the prelims, despite running in ferocious rain.

“Of course, as soon as the boys team hit the track … DOWNPOUR!!,” said CHS coach Elizabeth Bitting.

“My first thought and accurate thought was, ‘Oh COUPEVILLE must be running!’ Mother Nature hates us!” she added with a big laugh.

But the Wolves, and not the weather, spoke loudest, guaranteeing Meyer, Araceley, Wilson, and Coffman will join Martin as medalists.

Saturday’s other finals feature junior Carolyn Lhamon in the shot put, Martin in the discus, and junior Ryanne Knoblich pulling double duty in the long jump and high jump.

While running events feature prelims and finals, all field events are finals, with the full field (12 boys and 16 girls this year) competing for eight medals.

Friday was a busy day for all the Wolves, with freshman Lyla Stuurmans missing out on advancing to the 400 finals by only a hair, and Ja’Kenya Hoskins wrapping up her stellar career.

The Wolf senior, who won a 3rd place medal as a relay runner her freshman season, came back around to compete in three different events in her second crack at state.

Hoskins ran in the 200, 4 x 1, and 4 x 2 Friday.

As the Wolves headed back to the hotel, with one day down and one to go at the big dance, Coupeville’s coaches were thrilled with the performances of their athletes.

“Great day today!!!,” Bitting said. “All ran, jumped and threw great! They all shined brightly!! Left it ALL on the field!

“This is state, baby!!!!”

 

Complete Friday results:

 

GIRLS:

200 (Prelims) — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (14th) 29.09

400 (Prelims) — Lyla Stuurmans (9th) 1:06.12

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Ava Mitten, Issabel Johnson, Carolyn Lhamon, Hoskins (11th) 56.15

4 x 200 Relay (Prelims) — Ayden Wyman, Stuurmans, Ryanne Knoblich, Hoskins (10th) 1:59.60

 

BOYS:

800 (Prelims) — Aidan Wilson (1st) 2:03.70 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (3rd) 45.20

Shot Put (Finals) — Logan Martin (2nd) 46-02

High Jump (Finals) — Coffman (10th) 5-08

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Caleb Meyer is one of three Coupeville seniors set to compete at the 2B state championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s the final countdown.

High school sports in the 2021-2022 school year come to a close this weekend with state track meets.

Coupeville is sending 16 athletes, including relay alternates, to Eastern Washington University in Cheney for the 2B championships.

The Wolves will get a sendoff at CHS Thursday morning at 8:15 AM.

Competition at state kicks off that afternoon and goes through Saturday.

It’s the first state meet since 2019, with the pandemic having wiped out the big dance the past two springs.

This isn’t Wolf coach Bob Martin’s first trip to Cheney.

 

Who’s going for Coupeville:

 

SENIORS:

Ja’Kenya Hoskins (200, 4 x 100 Relay, 4 x 200 Relay)
Logan Martin (Discus, Shot Put)
Caleb Meyer (4 x 100)

 

JUNIORS:

Reiley Araceley (4 x 100)
Dominic Coffman (High Jump, 4 x 100)
Taygin Jump (4 x 100)
Ryanne Knoblich (High Jump, Long Jump, 4 x 200)
Carolyn Lhamon (Shot Put, 4 x 100)
Claire Mayne (4 x 100)
Aidan Wilson (800, 4 x 100)

 

SOPHOMORES:

Nick Guay (4 x 100)
Issabel Johnson (4 x 100, 4 x 200)
Ava Mitten (4 x 100, 4 x 200)
Mikey Robinett (4 x 100)

 

FRESHMEN:

Lyla Stuurmans (400, 4 x 200)
Ayden Wyman (4 x 200)

Issabel Johnson (right) is an alternate for two Wolf relay teams.

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Wolves (l to r) Emma Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, and Lindsey Roberts helped the Coupeville High School girls finish 9th in the team standings at the 1A state track and field championships. (Photos by Dawnelle Conlisk and Konni Smith)

Both Mallory Kortuem and Danny Conlisk broke school records in the 400.

Toomey-Stout and Kortuem celebrate a 3rd place finish in the 4 x 200 relay.

Small numbers, but powerful results.

We’re just here to break all your records.

Conlisk, who won two state titles, Jean Lund-Olsen (center) and Sean Toomey-Stout guided the Wolf boys to 5th in the team standings.

All the work, all the sweat and toil, the drive and determination, the search for something bigger, better, and bolder, paid off Saturday afternoon.

Coupeville High School, one of the smallest 1A schools in all the land, made everyone sit up and take notice at the state track and field championships in Cheney.

By the time the day was done, the Wolves had two state titles — their first since Tyler King won track and cross country championships in 2010 — four new school records, and several handfuls of medals.

Despite only having a fraction of the bodies of many of its competitors, Coupeville claimed 5th in the boys standings and 9th in the girls battle.

Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) and Okanogan won those team trophies, respectively.

It’s the second straight season the Wolf boys have finished 5th in the team standings.

How it broke down for Coupeville’s 10 athletes on the final day of the three-day state meet, with each listed in alphabetic order.

 

Danny Conlisk:

The senior sprinter closed his prep career with one of the best days ever put together by a Coupeville track star.

After opening with a 2nd place performance in the 100, where he hit the line in 11.25 seconds, Conlisk won state titles in the 200 and 400, shattering school records in both events.

In the 200, he blazed to victory in 21.99 seconds, erasing his own school record of 22.20, which he set earlier this season.

The record Conlisk broke in the 400 has been around a lot longer.

Jon Chittim won a state title in 2006 in a crisp 49.33 seconds, but 13 years later his successor tore to victory in 49.14, finally capturing the last record he had in his sights.

Conlisk will graduate holding school records in the 100, 200, and 400, and he becomes just the ninth Wolf in 100+ years to win a state title.

With two titles at the same state meet, he also joins an even more ultra-exclusive club, one which possibly gives out velvet smoking jackets to its members.

And if not, why not?

Looking at you Randy King. You, and you alone, can make this happen.

With his daily double, Conlisk joins Natasha Bamberger (1600, 3200 in 1984), Chittim (200, 400, 4 x 4 in 2006), Kyle King (3200, 4 x 4 in 2006 and 1600, 3200 in 2007), and Tyler King (1600, 3200 in 2010) as the only Wolves to win multiple titles at the same state championships.

Saturday’s hero has another connection to the other four.

He broke Chittim’s record, the King boys are the son of Conlisk’s track coach, aforementioned living legend Randy King, and Bamberger returned to CHS to coach cross country this year, where her star pupil was … Conlisk.

While the titles are huge, and Conlisk will soon add two new plaques to Coupeville’s Wall of Fame in the gym, Saturday was about more than winning a race or two.

He ran in front of his parents, his grandma, and numerous great and great-great aunts and uncles on his biggest day.

“First time he ran in front of many of them,” said mom Dawnelle Conlisk. “He blew my mind.

“His humble attitude and shaking hands, being in lots of conversations and talking to his competitors. Not to mention multiple two-arm hugs to the lady doing his hand time was really Mama heartwarming.

“Don’t get me wrong, the titles are absolutely amazing, but listening to others talk about what kind of kid you have, not in just his athletic abilities, but deep down, is priceless.”

 

Ja’Kenya Hoskins:

The only Wolf freshman at state, the little sister in a family chock full of CHS track stars was part of a 3rd place finish in the 4 x 200 relay.

She, Maya Toomey-Stout, Lindsey Roberts, and Mallory Kortuem combined to rip through the event in a toasty 1:46.61.

 

Ja’Tarya Hoskins:

The Wolf junior claimed her first state meet medal as part of a 4 x 100 relay unit which finished 5th in 50.54 seconds.

Joined by Kortuem, Maya Toomey-Stout, and Roberts, she also broke the school record in the event, which was held … for a hot second by the same foursome after zipping to a 50.57 earlier this season.

 

Mallory Kortuem:

The Wolf junior joined Conlisk and Lindsey Roberts in winning three medals Saturday, which gives her four for her career.

She was part of the 4 x 1 and 4 x 2 relay teams, but her biggest triumph came in the 400, where she claimed 2nd while nailing a PR of 58.02 seconds.

With that final burst of speed, Kortuem unseated former CHS great Makana Stone from the record board, where she had held the school record of 58.13 since 2014.

 

Ryan Labrador: 

The Wolf senior claimed 11th in the shot put, launching the orb 44 feet, eight inches in his final prep meet.

That was just short of his career-best of 44-10.50, which Labrador landed in this year’s inaugural North Sound Conference Championships.

 

Jean Lund-Olsen:

The Wolf junior claimed two medals, finishing 4th in the 100 in 11.37 seconds, and 7th in the 200 in 22.82.

He just missed his PR (22.57) in the second race, and now has three state meet medals to his credit.

That makes Lund-Olsen one of just 25 Coupeville track stars to have achieved that feat during their prep careers.

 

Lindsey Roberts:

The Wolf senior exits as the most-decorated female athlete in CHS track history, with a three-medal performance Saturday giving her eight state meet medals.

That pushes her past Stone (7) and Bamberger (6) on the career chart, with just Tyler (11) and Kyle King (10) ahead of her in the all-time medal count.

Along with running legs in the two relays, Roberts finished 3rd in the 100 hurdles, leaning across the line in 15.38 seconds, just off her PR of 15.21.

 

Emma Smith:

The volleyball and track standout competed in two events at state during her senior season — the shot put and discus — and finished 13th in the latter event Saturday.

Her throw of 91 feet, 10 inches was the third-best of her four-year high school career.

Smith’s PR of 92-08 came at this year’s district meet.

 

Sean Toomey-Stout:

The Wolf junior soared to 10th place in the long jump, sailing 20 feet, 3.50 inches.

While he failed to earn a medal, it was the fifth-straight meet “The Torpedo” broke the 20-foot barrier, and he came in just off his PR of 20-9.50.

 

Maya Toomey-Stout:

The Wolf junior, who is the only Coupeville female athlete to qualify for four events in the same state meet — something she also did as a freshman — collected medals with both of the relay squads.

That gives her three medals for her high school career, and pushes her ahead of her twin brother 3-2 in the race for family superiority.

With one more season left for both, expect next spring to be a bare knuckle brawl between the duo.

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