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Danny Conlisk hangs out with mom, and faithful fan, Dawnelle.

We need to make Danny Conlisk run out of town.

And by that, I mean, I’m calling on all Wolf fans out there to support the easy-going whirlwind of the track oval, and help him, his mom, and his sister make it to the national Junior Olympics.

Conlisk, who will be a senior at Coupeville High School this fall, ran strongly in the 400 at regionals Saturday and punched his ticket to the biggest meet of the year.

Only issue is nationals, which run July 23-29, is held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

But we’re going to make this happen.

So, I have taken it upon myself to engage in some participatory journalism, by launching a GoFundMe for Conlisk.

The money raised would pay for plane tickets for Danny, mom Dawnelle, and sister MaryBeth, as well as a rental car when the trio is on the ground.

Why help Conlisk, you ask?

Because he’s a class act in every way, a young man who has used running to shape his world and open up multiple new doors for himself.

From a quiet kid entering high school, he has emerged as a leader, a four-time (and counting) state meet participant, a strong student and a member of the Coupeville School Board.

When Danny comes bolting down the backstretch, serene look on his face as he blitzes past rival runners, his teammates lose their minds.

They do it because he’s developed into a killer on the oval, but even more so because he is such a good guy, and that’s something you can’t fake for too long.

Look beyond the ripped tape and the timers checking their stats, and all you need to know about Conlisk is on display as he seeks out and shakes the hand of each rival after his races, win or loss.

The quiet kid, who has become a stellar young man, is class, pure and simple.

He makes Coupeville look good, and we have a chance to put him on a national stage, where the whole USA can see Cow Town’s finest up close and personal.

How can you say no to that?

Spoiler: you can’t.

 

To help Danny and Co. make the trip to Carolina, pop over to:

https://www.gofundme.com/fly-danny-fly

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   Coupeville High School senior Danny Conlisk is North Carolina-bound after qualifying for the Junior Olympics national meet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Conlisk and Fliers teammate James Dillow finished 3rd and 5th in the 400, respectively, both qualifying for nationals. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

Not even an injured groin could slow him down.

Battling through a nagging injury, Coupeville High School senior Danny Conlisk ran strongly Saturday at regionals, clinching a trip to the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.

Conlisk, who is running with the Kitsap Fliers this summer, finished third in his top event, the 400, hitting the line in 50.21 seconds while competing in Bend, Oregon.

That was just off his PR of 49.70, which he set in May while finishing second at the 1A state meet.

The top five finishers Saturday punched their tickets to nationals, which are held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

When he’s in the deep South (nationals run July 23-29), Conlisk could also be competing as a member of a Fliers relay team.

He’ll run in the 4 x 400 Sunday afternoon, seeking to punch a second trip to nationals.

With just five teams entered, all the Fliers have to do is run a clean race to advance.

Conlisk was originally entered in two other races at regionals, the 200 and 4 x 800, but opted out to protect his groin.

In a positive sign, the injury didn’t seem to bother him much in the 400.

“He went out in the first 200 softer, noticed he didn’t hurt so he picked it up in the 300 and still didn’t hurt so he did “The Danny” in the final 100,” said mom Dawnelle Conlisk.

Doing “The Danny” is synonymous with flying down the backstretch and shredding the hearts and souls of foes as they fall beneath his final burst of speed.

Sort of his trademark move.

When Conlisk returns to school this fall, he’ll be gunning for a second-straight trip to state as a cross country runner and a fourth-straight trek as a track supernova.

One difference is, after training and traveling with South Whidbey’s harriers in recent years, he will get to be at the forefront of a cross country revival in Coupeville.

The Wolves have restarted their own in-school program after a two-decade absence, with Natasha Bamberger, the most-accomplished runner in CHS history, hired as coach.

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   Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk will seek a second trip to the state cross country meet this fall, but this time he’ll be running out of his own school. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

“I want to see tennis shoes in front of me.”

When Coupeville High School/Middle School Athletic Director Willie Smith proposed re-launching an in-house Wolf cross country program two decades after it was shut down, he needed proof there would be a strong enough turnout to warrant the change.

“It’s easy for people to put their name on a paper and say, yeah, I might do it,” Smith added. “I wanted to know for sure we’d see those same kids when it was time to run.”

He got the assurance he was seeking, and Monday night the Coupeville School Board made it official — harriers will once again reside full-time at CHS and CMS.

In a nice twist, the motion to approve was made by the board’s student rep, junior Danny Conlisk, who should be front and center on the new Wolf team.

The track standout has traveled and trained with South Whidbey’s cross country team the past two seasons, while competing in a Coupeville uniform alongside Henry Wynn.

The duo became a trio this past fall when freshman Sam Wynn joined their treks to Langley.

Conlisk advanced to the state meet as a junior, the first Wolf harrier to do so since Tyler King won a state title in 2010.

Now, with Coupeville jumping from the Olympic League to join the new six-team North Sound Conference in the fall, the Wolves will run their own program.

Both the middle and high school track programs boast 40+ athletes on their current rosters, and Smith saw a groundswell of interest in running which hadn’t existed in previous years.

The original plan was to re-start a middle school program, adding on a high school team when those runners moved from CMS to CHS.

After penciling out the numbers for travel and coaches, however, Smith, CHS Principal Duane Baumann and Coupeville Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Shank decided to add both programs at once.

The addition of cross country gives CHS five fall sports (it joins football, volleyball, girls soccer and boys tennis) and CMS three (volleyball, football).

Cross country has a rich history at CHS, boasting state champs in Natasha Bamberger (1985) and King, who won his title while training and traveling with Oak Harbor.

All told, harriers have put 10 plaques, covering league, district and state meet accomplishments, up on the Wall of Fame in the CHS gym.

This despite the fact cross country hasn’t had an active program for more than two decades.

Smith arrived in Coupeville from Sequim in 1994, and cross country had been brought to an end right before he accepted his first teaching/coaching job with the school.

Now, the current AD is moving forward on finalizing a schedule and will launch a hunt for coaches.

The plan is to hire two, one for the high school team and one for the middle school program, and the jobs are expected to be posted later this week.

“We’re excited about this,” Smith said. “Going to be fun.”

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   Lindsey Roberts gives a thumbs-up Saturday after breaking her own school record in the 100 hurdles. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

A tenth of a second here, a tenth of a second there.

As the high school track and field season plays out, the Top 10 charts ebb and flow from meet to meet.

Day to day, hour to hour, they change, most heavily right after Thursday and Saturday, when most meets are held.

By the time you finish reading this paragraph, another top time or two may have suddenly appeared seemingly out of thin air.

That’s just life on the athletic.net boards.

But, at this exact moment, 10:57 AM, Sunday, Apr. 15, here’s how Coupeville’s best currently stack up against all other 1A athletes in the state.

Girls:

100 Hurdles — Lindsey Roberts (6th) 15.82 *Same position on charts as before*

4 x 200 Relay — Ashlie Shank, Mallory Kortuem, Roberts, Maya Toomey-Stout (6th) 1:52.13 *Debut on charts*

Boys:

100 — Jacob Smith (5th) 11.32 *Up five slots*

200 — Smith (5th) 23.26 *Down two slots*

400 — Danny Conlisk (5th) 57.97 *Returns to charts*

4 x 100 — Cameron Toomey-Stout, Jean Lund-Olsen, Sean Toomey-Stout, Jacob Smith (8th) 45.45 *Down one slot*

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   Coupeville senior Jacob Smith (center) is among the fastest 1A runners in both the 100 and 200. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A trio will lead them.

As it preps for its first home meet of the season (2:45 PM Wednesday), the Coupeville High School track and field team currently has three athletes vying for the top of the leader-board.

With two meets under their belts, Wolf senior Jacob Smith and juniors Lindsey Roberts and Danny Conlisk have all posted times which place them among the top 10 performances by a 1A athlete this spring.

Smith is a two-timer, currently sitting 3rd in the 200, with a time of 23.27 seconds, and sixth in the 100 at 11.57.

Roberts is sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.17) and Conlisk is 10th in the 400 (53.53).

There are six more regular-season meets after Wednesday’s home bout, where CHS welcomes Chimacum, Port Townsend, Klahowya and Mount Vernon Christian to town.

So, plenty of time for the Wolf trio (and others) to make even more of an impact on the state-wide standings as the season develops.

Smith finished 3rd and 4th at the state meet in the 200 the past two seasons, while Conlisk was 5th in the 400 a year ago.

Roberts claimed 4th in the hurdles in 2016, and made it back to Cheney as a sophomore, but was tripped up (literally) in the finals, finishing out of the medal count in the event.

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