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Henry Wynn heads into his senior year. (Photos courtesy Jennifer Wynn)

Wynn hangs out with CHS track coach Randy King.

Henry Wynn is a bit of a trailblazer.

Already a track star at Coupeville High School, he joined Danny Conlisk last year in making the trek to the South end of the Island to also pursue a cross country career.

While CHS has a proud history in the sport, it’s not a current one, as the school doesn’t field its own program — though rumors abound that one might resurface in 2018.

That won’t help Wynn, who starts his senior year this fall.

So, he’ll spend another season training and traveling with South Whidbey, then competing as a Wolf alongside Conlisk, a junior, and younger brother Sam Wynn, a freshman.

During his junior cross country season, Henry Wynn competed in six races, setting a PR during the Olympic League Championships and finishing 26th at districts.

When the spring rolled around, he was right back at it on the track oval, where the highlight was a second-straight trip to state in the 4 x 400.

Wynn, who also skies and plays badminton and soccer, lives for the life of a runner.

“Track (is my favorite), because it’s a challenge for each individual,” he said. “I just enjoy playing.”

He hails his “determination” as his biggest strength while competing, and would like to focus on achieving “more consistency in training.”

“I hope to do really well in both cross country and track, without any injuries,” Wynn said. “I hope be on a track team in college.”

When he’s not training or competing, he keeps busy with a wide range of interests, from sailing to “art, classical music and reading.”

Wynn excels in the classroom (“biology is my favorite subject”) and participates in Big Brothers, Big Sisters to give back to his community.

While running is largely a solitary pursuit, he has a large support crew which he greatly appreciates.

“All my coaches have helped me and my parents. Also, what I’ve learned at my summer track camps has made a big impact on my training.”

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Coupeville harriers Danny Conlisk and Henry Wynn appear in the official Soutrh Whidbey team photo.

   Coupeville harriers Danny Conlisk and Henry Wynn appear in the official South Whidbey team photo.

Teamwork wins out in the end.

This year’s South Whidbey High School cross country team photo features an unexpected bit of red and black.

The Falcons decided to include Coupeville runners Henry Wynn and Danny Conlisk — who trained and traveled with them since CHS doesn’t have a harrier program of its own — in the official team pic.

So, solid proof Island rivals can work together in photographic harmony.

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   Coupeville cross country duo Danny Conlisk (left) and Henry Wynn hang out before a meet. (John Fisken photo)

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   Conlisk gets congratulations from the South Whidbey coaches. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

They reached the end of the trail, for now.

Danny Conlisk and Henry Wynn received their cross country letters Sunday, becoming the first Coupeville High School athletes to be honored in the sport in six seasons.

CHS doesn’t have an active harrier program of its own, so the Wolf duo traveled and trained with South Whidbey this year.

Wynn, a junior, ran in six meets, setting his PR in the 5,000 meters (18:47.5) at the Olympic League Championships.

Conlisk battled through leg injuries which ended his season early, but competed in four meets before going down.

He set a PR of 18:36 at the Nike Twilight XC Invitational.

While the Wolf duo had to put out extra time and effort to compete without a school team to call their own, they and their parents felt it was more than worth it.

“Loved this journey with South Whidbey,” said Dawnelle Conlisk. “It truly was amazing.”

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Henry Wynn (John Fisken photo)

Henry Wynn (783) tears up the turf at an early-season meet. (John Fisken photo)

He had a nice run.

Coupeville High School junior Henry Wynn capped his first season as a cross country runner Saturday, finishing 26th at the Westside Classic in Tacoma.

The event, run at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, was the final step before the state meet.

Only one team and the top seven harriers from other teams punched their ticket, leaving Wynn on the outside looking in.

Charles Wright Academy edged Port Townsend for the team title, while Jared Donnel of Bellevue Christian won the individual crown.

Wynn, who was one of just two Wolves running this season, covered the 5,000 meter course in 20:00.1, finishing ahead of 18 rival runners.

Coupeville doesn’t have an active cross country program, so Wynn and sophomore Danny Conlisk trained and traveled with South Whidbey this year, then split with the Falcons once the postseason started.

Conlisk, who has been battling an Achilles tendon injury, wasn’t able to run Saturday, but both Wolves are expected to return next season.

Pick up enough interest from other runners and there’s even an outside chance CHS could be inspired to restart its program, which has a distinguished history including two individual state champs in Nastasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010).

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Henry Wynn (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

   Coupeville High School junior Henry Wynn ran Thursday at the Olympic League Cross Country Championships in Sequim. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

The Wolves are on their own journey now.

After training and traveling with South Whidbey this season, Coupeville High School harriers Danny Conlisk and Henry Wynn have parted ways with the Falcons.

After competing against Cascade Conference runners until now, the two-man Wolf team introduced themselves to a new batch of foes Thursday at the Olympic League Cross Country Championships in Sequim.

Unfortunately, only one of the two Wolves made it through warm-ups.

Conlisk, who has been bothered by an Achilles tendon injury, was scratched and brought his sophomore campaign to an end.

Wynn, a junior, covered the 5,000 meter course at The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in 18 minutes, 47.47 seconds, finishing 35th in a field of 63 runners.

Andrew Simon of 2A Kingston won the race in 16:12.77 while Port Townsend’s Brennan LaBrie (9th in 17:34.26) was the top 1A male finisher.

All 11 Olympic League schools (seven 2A teams and Coupeville’s fellow 1A rivals Chimacum, Klahowya and Port Townsend) were joined by 1B Clallum Bay.

Wynn returns to action Oct. 29 when he runs at the district meet in Tacoma.

In that race, he will face off only with 1A runners, with the top team and the seven best individual finishers not on the championship team advancing to state.

CHS, while having a proud, award-heavy cross country tradition — including state champs in Natasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010) — doesn’t currently have an active harrier program of its own.

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