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   CHS cross country runners (l to r) Henry Wynn, Sam Wynn and Danny Conlisk hang out Thursday at the Olympic League Championships. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

No raindrops on their heads, but plenty of water beneath their feet.

Competing on a soggy course in Sequim Thursday, Coupeville High School’s cross country runners survived and thrived at the Olympic League Championships.

While the Wolf trio couldn’t make a dent in the team standings, not having a full seven-man roster, all three CHS harriers stayed upright and finished the 5,000 meter course at The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course.

Hitting that finish line was what mattered most, as that qualified Danny Conlisk, Henry Wynn and Sam Wynn for the district meet.

That goes down Oct. 28 at University Place.

While they can’t advance to the state meet as a team, if any of the Wolves finish in the top 14 at districts, they will punch individual tickets for the big dance.

After training and traveling with South Whidbey all season, Coupeville’s trio struck out on their own for the postseason.

The league championship, which pitted them against fellow 1A schools Port Townsend, Klahowya and Chimacum, as well as the conference’s seven 2A schools, was their first stop.

Led by individual champ Lucas Becker, Klahowya held off 2A rivals Sequim and North Kitsap to win the boys title. Port Angeles captured the girls crown.

Conlisk was the fastest Wolf on the afternoon, covering the course in 18 minutes, 8.67 seconds to claim 25th out of 64 runners.

Henry Wynn was 54th in 19:43.10, while Sam Wynn set a PR (20:19.50) to claim 60th.

Sam Wynn’s performance was nearly a minute better than his previous best in a 5,000 meter race, which was 21:15.

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   South Whidbey’s Callahan Yale (far left) poses as a Wolf, momentarily giving Coupeville four cross country runners. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

After training and traveling with their compatriots from South Whidbey all season, Coupeville High School’s trio of cross country runners will split off and go their own way for the postseason.

That new route starts in Sequim Oct. 19, when the Wolves compete at the Olympic League Championships.

After that, if they qualify, districts and state beckon for Danny Conlisk, Henry Wynn and Sam Wynn.

But, before the split, Coupeville’s trio ran one more race alongside the Falcons Wednesday, competing at a Cascade Conference meet in Shoreline.

2A Cedarcrest, led by meet winner Grant Van Valkenburg, coasted in for the team victory, easily outdistancing South Whidbey and King’s.

Since Coupeville doesn’t have a full seven-man team, the Wolves had no chance to snag team honors, but Conlisk did finish 14th out of 57 runners, covering the 4,000 meter course in 13 minutes, 54.16 seconds.

Henry Wynn claimed 30th (15:16.86) while Sam Wynn hit the tape in 42nd (16:30.26).

With the postseason starting, South Whidbey hits the trail with other schools from the 1A/2A Cascade Conference, while the Wolves reunite with 1A Olympic League mates Port Townsend, Chimacum and Klahowya.

The league’s seven 2A schools, and wild card 1B Clallam Bay, will also compete at the OLC, which is set for The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course.

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   Danny Conlisk finished 9th out of 105 runners Thursday at a cross country meet at South Whidbey High School. (Photo courtesy Dawnelle Conlisk)

Danny Conlisk wins Whidbey honors.

Competing at an eight-team cross country meet at South Whidbey High School Thursday, the Coupeville junior finished 9th out of 105 runners.

Making his top 10 finish even better was he edged out every one of his Falcon training partners, out-leaning South Whidbey’s Michael Cepowski at the line.

Conlisk finished the 5,000 meter course in 18 minutes, 18.94 seconds, while Cepowski ran his home course in 18:19.79.

Cedarcrest’s Grant Van Valkenburg won the race in 16:57.03, spurring the Red Wolves to a team win.

The seven schools from the 1A/2A Cascade Conference were in attendance, while Coupeville’s mini three-man crew also took part.

CHS doesn’t have an active harrier program of its own, so Conlisk and brothers Henry and Sam Wynn train and travel with South Whidbey, but compete in the red and black uniforms of their own school.

Henry Wynn, a senior, finished 38th Thursday, clocking in at 20:13.59, while Sam, a freshman, claimed 74th in 22:16.56.

The Wolf trio are back at it Saturday, when they travel to Lakewood for the Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational.

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   Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk (front) and Sam Wynn get ready to launch from the chutes Saturday in Montana. (Jennifer Wynn photos)

   Prior to the race, Wynn gets a few pointers from South Whidbey High School coach Doug Fulton.

Conlisk doubles as a shoe model.

Fulton, Conlisk and Henry Wynn (right) map out strategy.

It was the longest road trip of the year, by a lot.

While Coupeville High School’s trio of cross country runners heads off the Island for almost every meet, Saturday’s jaunt to the wilds of Montana was a little further than normal.

Super Wolf mom Jennifer Wynn (and her camera) were along for the trip, and the photos above are courtesy her.

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   Coupeville junior Danny Conlisk (1625) takes a stroll across the Montana countryside. (Jennifer Wynn photo)

The races are bigger in big sky country.

Taking a break from Whidbey running, Coupeville High School’s cross country crew caught a ride with South Whidbey’s harriers to Montana, where they competed in Saturday’s Mountain West Classic.

The event, staged in Missoula, attracted 83 high school teams from multiple states, as well as another 45 middle school squads and three club teams.

Coupeville junior Danny Conlisk was the fastest of the two Wolves to run, covering the 5,000 meter course at the University of Montana in 17 minutes, 58.59 seconds.

He finished 126th out of 400 male varsity runners, while Cooper West of Great Falls won the event in 15:30.43.

Hitting the tape first was a major family milestone for West, as his older sister Keely won the girls title at the Mountain West Classic exactly 10 years ago today.

Washington state’s Lewis & Clark High School won the boys team title, while Montana’s Bozeman captured the girls team crown in a race which featured 320 competitors.

Freshman Sam Wynn rounded out the Wolf competitors (older brother Henry didn’t run Saturday), finishing in 21:49.23.

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