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   Coupeville’s road and trail warriors — Sam Wynn, Danny Conlisk and Henry Wynn. (Matt Simms photo)

They started on the road and finished on the road.

With no active cross country program at their own school, three Coupeville High School harriers struck a deal with their Island rivals.

Wolves Henry Wynn, Danny Conlisk and Sam Wynn trained and traveled with South Whidbey (while wearing CHS uniforms), then split off on their own for the postseason.

Once there Conlisk ran all the way to the state meet, becoming the first Wolf to make it to the big dance since Tyler King won the 1A boys title in 2010.

Now, the trio have officially capped their season, receiving letters alongside their Falcon “teammates” at a season-ending shindig.

Henry Wynn was the lone senior for the Wolves, with Conlisk, a junior, and Sam Wynn, a freshman, expected to return to running next fall.

That may be at Coupeville, as there are rumors of the Wolves restarting their dormant program, which has a long and distinguished history.

If not, they’ll likely head back down the trail to Langley and reunite with the Falcons.

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   After freezing at the state cross country meet earlier this year, Danny Conlisk was named Monday to the Coupeville School Board. (Photos courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Conlisk (back to us) awaits his fate at Monday’s School Board meeting.

The Coupeville School Board just picked up some fresh legs.

Junior Danny Conlisk, a three-time state meet participant in cross country and track, was tabbed Monday to replace Laurence Boado as the new Student Rep to the board.

Conlisk will officially take his seat at the next meeting Dec. 18.

The selection continues a trend of success for the speedy Wolf this fall, as he capped his second season as a cross country runner by advancing to state.

He was the first CHS harrier to achieve that feat since Tyler King won the 1A boys title in 2010.

When spring rolls around, Conlisk will be seeking a third-straight trip to state as a track runner, as well.

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   Danny Conlisk poses by the rock in front of the CHS gym before heading out to the state cross country meet. (Dawnelle Conlisk photos)

   Conlisk hangs out in Pasco with South Whidbey training partners Michael Cepowski (left) and Callahan Yale.

Conlisk and his cold, but proud, mom.

He ran for his school.

He ran for his family and friends.

And, ultimately, he ran in a vain bid to get warm.

The first Coupeville High School cross country runner to compete at the 1A state meet since 2010, Wolf junior Danny Conlisk braved the icy weather in Pasco Saturday, finishing 124th in a field of 156 runners.

He covered 5,000 frigid meters at the Sun Willows Golf Course in 18:06.9.

Kenneth Rooks of College Place capped a stellar career with his second title in three years, hitting the tape in 15:18.

Rooks also won a title at the 1B/2B level as a sophomore, then placed fourth in 1A last season.

Coupeville, which boasts two state title winners (Tyler King in 2010 and Natasha Bamberger in 1985) doesn’t have an active harrier program of its own.

Because of that, Conlisk and his fellow Wolf runners — brothers Henry and Sam Wynn — trained and traveled with South Whidbey this year.

Two of Conlisk’s Falcon buddies, Michael Cepowski and Callahan Yale, also made it to state, finishing 46th and 133rd, respectively.

Medical Lake captured the 1A boys team title, while Klahowya, the only Olympic League school to qualify its entire squad, finished 11th out of 16 teams.

On the girls side, South Whidbey placed 10th out of 16 teams during Saturday’s race.

Freshman Kaia Swegler Richmond was the top Falcon, finishing 14th out of 152 runners.

Conlisk, who became a running convert in recent years, is now a three-time state meet vet, having already punched his ticket in track and field as both a freshman and sophomore.

And, in a neat little twist, the number he wore during Saturday’s meet (#212) matches his birthday, Feb. 12.

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   Coupeville’s contingent at the district cross country meet included runners (l to r) Sam Wynn, Henry Wynn, Danny Conlisk and #1 fan Abby Parker. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

As Danny Conlisk stepped to the start line Saturday, the odds were stacked against him.

He had been very sick earlier in the week.

He wasn’t ranked high enough for those on the outside to view him as a major contender.

No one from Coupeville High School had qualified for the state meet in cross country since 2010.

It mattered not.

Conlisk, the smooth-running, serene king of the trail, outran the doubters, his ranking and the screams of his own personal fan club to finish 7th at the West Central District 3 meet at University Place, punching his ticket to the big dance.

After competing at state in track as both a freshman and sophomore, the Wolf junior became the first CHS harrier since Tyler King to qualify for the biggest cross country race of the year.

To achieve the feat, Conlisk needed to place in the top 14 Saturday. Since he entered ranked #21 in a 48-man field, it seemed like a bit of a long shot.

Never doubt the heart of a champion.

Conlisk took three seconds off his PR, clocking in at 17:45.50 seconds while covering 5,000 meters.

“I am mighty proud of him,” said mom Dawnelle Conlisk. “I think Abby Parker and I were more nervous than he was.

“So fun to watch. He passed us in 7th on the first go-by, and at mile two he was still in 7th. We screamed like girls!! So thankful I booked a room for state a few weeks ago.”

Jared Donnel of Bellevue Christian won the individual title, while Charles Wright Academy took the team crown.

The state meet is Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Conlisk will be a lone Wolf at the big meet, as his CHS teammates, Sam and Henry Wynn, didn’t make the cut.

Sam, a freshman, finished 41st in 20:38.50, while Henry, a senior, capped his career by hitting the tape in 45th (21:26.60).

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   CHS cross country runner Henry Wynn got an unexpected “Senior Night” Friday morning. (Photo courtesy Susan Wenzel)

As the end of fall sports approaches, we’re deep into Senior Night festivities.

For one Coupeville High School athlete, though, there was a very realistic chance of going unrecognized.

While Wolf tennis, soccer and volleyball have all had events, and football and cheer hold theirs before tonight’s game against Chimacum, Henry Wynn is a man alone.

CHS doesn’t have an active cross country program of its own.

That means Wynn, younger brother Sam, a freshman, and junior Danny Conlisk train and travel with South Whidbey during the regular season, then break off on their own for the postseason.

After competing as a mini three-man squad at last week’s Olympic League Championships, the trio are scheduled to run Saturday at the district meet.

But, since there is no “real” team and no home meets, Henry Wynn’s senior status was likely to slip by when the school honored its athletes.

That’s when a band of his friends, fellow athletes and fans stepped in and decided to throw their own Senior Night festivities, surprising him at school Friday with a poster, flowers and a ton o’ candy.

The idea of “no Wolf senior left behind” sprang from a CHS track teammate who wanted to make sure Wynn knew “how proud they are of Henry for doing what he wanted and liked to do, even though Coupeville doesn’t have a team for it.”

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