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Coupeville track stars Jacob Smith (left) and Danny Conlisk made sure the whole state learned their names. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

Sometimes, I can be a real idiot.

But, sometimes, my being a real idiot actually works out in the end. Hopefully.

As I induct people into the Coupeville Sports Hall of Fame, the biggest stumbling block is I’m a one-man crew, in charge of nominating, voting (there are some fierce battles…), and writing the stories.

Which is my way of sort of explaining why sometimes a slam-dunk inductee doesn’t go in as quickly as they should.

Cause I’m an idiot, I get busy with other stuff, and I completely space on things.

A year ago, when he graduated from Coupeville High School after compiling one of the best track and field careers in school history, Jacob Smith should have been added to my lil’ digital hall o’ wonders.

Like immediately, don’t pass Go, don’t collect $200.

So, imagine my surprise this morning when I was scanning the list of inductees, and realized, to my growing horror, that he wasn’t there.

But, my complete and utter failure sort of works out, because now, when I induct him today, he can go in along with his running mate, Danny Conlisk, in a two-for-one special.

After this, you’ll find both of them at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

It’s appropriate they go in together, because the duo pushed each other on the oval, and exhibited many of the same qualities during their times in a Wolf uniform.

They were both fast to begin, but worked relentlessly, together and apart, to rise to new heights.

Calm, easy-going, low-key, quiet leaders, they let their fleet feet do the talking for them, and made the world at large stand up and notice.

Coupeville, a cow town on a rock in the middle of the water up in the middle of nowhere, doesn’t always get the same respect as King’s or Lynden Christian or a million other “legacy” schools do.

The Wolves have to earn it, and from Kyle and Tyler King to Makana Stone and on to Smith and Conlisk, track and field has been the one arena where other schools and fan bases have had to accept that CHS can get all up in their business.

And man, did Jacob and Danny make them sit up and take notice.

The duo combined to win 12 state meet medals – six apiece – shattered school records left and right, and were as dynamic on the oval as any pair in Wolf track history.

Smith is one of just two CHS athletes to win four medals at the same state meet, doing so during his senior season.

Finishing 2nd in both the 100 and 200, he also added a leg on 4 x 100 (7th) and 4 x 400 (5th) relay teams which battled down to the wire.

Toss in a 4th in the 200 as a sophomore, and a 3rd in the same event as a junior, and, despite having the most-common last name in America, everyone knew his name down in Cheney by the time he was finished.

An explosive runner who chased down rivals as mom Deb out-shouted the rooting sections of entire schools by herself, Jacob made every race a must-see moment.

His fellow inductee, to be honest, was not someone I originally would have seen going into the Hall o’ Fame.

I have vague memories of Conlisk competing in middle school – a quiet, skinny kid loping around the track.

Did I think he would one day be a two-time state champion, hold school records in the 100, 200, and 400, and qualify for the national Junior Olympics twice?

Not a chance.

Cause I’m an idiot. Or at least a really-bad talent scout.

Once Danny found his groove, though, he became the ultimate make-good story.

What we couldn’t see, at least at first, was how powerful his work ethic was going to be, and how huge his heart was.

Whether running cross country or track, Conlisk just kept getting better and better, ending his prep career by breaking an eight-year state title dry spell for CHS.

This spring, he roared to wins in the 200 and 400 at the 1A state meet, and finished half a step from making it three titles in three races, finishing 2nd in the 100.

It was the first time since 2010 that a Wolf had stood atop the podium, with Conlisk becoming just the ninth individual CHS athlete in 119 years to earn the title of state champ.

Toss in two medals from his junior season — a 2nd in the 400 and a 5th in the 4 x 400 — and one more from his sophomore campaign (5th in the 400), and he and Smith finish tied with Natasha Bamberger and Chad Gale for the fifth-most state meet medals in school history.

But while the medals stand as a testament to their achievement, both Jacob and Danny will be remembered for far more than their hardware.

They are proof, to every current and future Wolf, that hard work and utter commitment can carry you to the mountain top, and that once there, you don’t have to back down just because someone else has a fancy uniform from a “name” school.

You can rep Coupeville and be the best, and Smith and Conlisk are living proof of that.

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Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk (second from left) and his Kitsap Fliers 4 x 400 teammates, caught in a rare slow moment. (Dawnelle Conlisk photos)

Conlisk and Co. show off their medal haul from this weekend’s USATF Region 13 Junior Olympics track and field meet.

A trio of college-bound speed demons.

It was a finale, but not THE finale.

Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk officially closed his high school track and field career Sunday, running for the third-straight day at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships.

Fighting through a nasty summer cold, the two-time state champ claimed a pair of 7th place finishes in the 200 and 4 x 400 relay.

Conlisk hit the line in 22.58 in the 200, while he and his Kitsap Fliers teammates combined to put up a time of 3:34.12 in the meet-ending relay.

The top five finishers in each event advanced to the national meet, which is scheduled for July 22-28 in Sacramento.

And while he earned a ticket to the big dance in the 400 earlier at regionals, Conlisk will pass on making the trip to California.

It would have been his second-straight appearance at nationals, but the combination of the chest cold, and getting ready for college, factored into the decision.

Conlisk is headed to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he will run on scholarship for the NCAA D-II school.

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Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk (left) qualified for the national Junior Olympics in the 400. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

His middle name is “Never Quit.”

Despite battling a nasty summer cold, Coupeville track supernova Danny Conlisk roared from behind Saturday to pull off a major gut-check.

Sitting in dead last at the halfway point of his 400 heat at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships in Tacoma, he surged big-time down the stretch.

Hitting the line in 50.15 seconds, Conlisk earned 5th place, which qualifies him for nationals.

That meet goes down July 22-28 in Sacramento.

The middle day of the three-day regional event at Mount Tahoma High School was bittersweet for Conlisk and his Kitsap Fliers teammates.

They got off to a great start in the 4 x 100 relay, only to have a bad hand-off on the first exchange disqualify them.

Conlisk, a two-time state champ during his senior season at Coupeville High School, has two more finals Sunday.

He’s scheduled to run in the 200 and 4 x 400 relay, and a top-five finish in either event would punch another ticket to the year’s biggest event.

This is the second-straight season Conlisk has run with the Fliers during the summer, and also the second-straight year he’s qualified for nationals.

Last year, he advanced in the 400.

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Coupeville grad Danny Conlisk is competing at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships this weekend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One race in and everything is going just hunky-dory.

Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk opened the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships Friday night by crushing it in the 200, the first of four races in which he’s scheduled to compete.

The Wolf grad, running in the most-competitive of three heats, hit the line in 22.40 seconds.

Conlisk finished third in his heat, and fourth overall (out of 22 competitors), with the top eight advancing to the finals, which are held Sunday.

Four of the eight runners moving on came from heat #1, where the pride of CHS was in the thick of the action.

A top-five finish in Sunday’s finals qualifies Conlisk for nationals in California, which are set for July 22-28.

The two-time state champ is running with the Kitsap Fliers Track and Field Club this summer, his second go-around with the organization.

Conlisk is registered to also compete in the 400, 4 x 100, and 4 x 200 at the three-day regional event, which is going down at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

The 400 semifinals and 4 x 1 finals are Saturday, with the 200, 400, and 4 x 4 finals set for the next day.

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Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk catches a photo op with Kitsap Fliers track coach Ron Atkins after a hot, and medal-filled, day. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

One day, three races, three medals, two titles.

It was a busy Saturday for Coupeville High School grad Danny Conlisk, as he dominated in blazing heat at the 5th annual Kitsap Fliers Invitational.

Running at South Kitsap Stadium, the former Wolf barreled to wins in the 100 and 200, while teaming up to collect a second-place finish in the 4 x 100 relay.

He tied his PR in the 100, hitting the tape in 11.04 seconds.

Conlisk, who capped his illustrious CHS running career by claiming state titles in the 200 and 400 earlier this spring, is in his second year of running for the Fliers track club during the summer.

He has two more meets on his schedule, with a big one coming up next week.

The Conlisk family heads back to a place they’ve been more than a few times – Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma – as Danny competes July 4-7 in the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympics Championships.

He’ll be running in the 200, 400, 4 x 1 and 4 x 4 at that event, and could qualify for nationals.

Conlisk advanced to the national Junior Olympics meet in the 400 last summer.

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