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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 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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