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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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   CHS cross country runner Henry Wynn got an unexpected “Senior Night” Friday morning. (Photo courtesy Susan Wenzel)

As the end of fall sports approaches, we’re deep into Senior Night festivities.

For one Coupeville High School athlete, though, there was a very realistic chance of going unrecognized.

While Wolf tennis, soccer and volleyball have all had events, and football and cheer hold theirs before tonight’s game against Chimacum, Henry Wynn is a man alone.

CHS doesn’t have an active cross country program of its own.

That means Wynn, younger brother Sam, a freshman, and junior Danny Conlisk train and travel with South Whidbey during the regular season, then break off on their own for the postseason.

After competing as a mini three-man squad at last week’s Olympic League Championships, the trio are scheduled to run Saturday at the district meet.

But, since there is no “real” team and no home meets, Henry Wynn’s senior status was likely to slip by when the school honored its athletes.

That’s when a band of his friends, fellow athletes and fans stepped in and decided to throw their own Senior Night festivities, surprising him at school Friday with a poster, flowers and a ton o’ candy.

The idea of “no Wolf senior left behind” sprang from a CHS track teammate who wanted to make sure Wynn knew “how proud they are of Henry for doing what he wanted and liked to do, even though Coupeville doesn’t have a team for it.”

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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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   You had one job! At least three school names are misspelled on the shirt given out Saturday at the Bellevue Cross Country Invitational. Of course, Coupeville is one… (Dawnelle Conlisk photos)

   Together, in uniform and in action, for the first time — Danny Conlisk (469), Henry Wynn (470) and Sam Wynn.

Team work!

For the first time this season all three Coupeville High School cross country runners were in uniform and on the course on the same day.

The Wolves, who travel and train with South Whidbey while they wait for CHS to revive its own storied program, ran Saturday at the 56-team Bellevue Cross Country Invitational at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Danny Conlisk, back in action after missing a meet due to illness, tore up the course, cruising through 5,000 meters in 17 minutes, 48.3 seconds, to finish 40th out of 74 runners in his flight.

That’s not only a PR for the Wolf junior, but a huge time drop, as he shaved 48 seconds off his previous best performance.

Running in the same race, CHS senior Henry Wynn finished 63rd in 19:00.

Rounding out the Wolf competitors was freshman Sam Wynn, who made his high school cross country debut.

The lil’ brother rambled home in 21:14.

The Invitational featured 13 different races, seven for boys and six for girls.

Coupeville’s trio really hit the road for their next event, traveling to Missoula, Montana for the 80-team Mountain West Classic Saturday, Sept. 30.

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   Coupeville track coach Randy King surveys the scene Saturday at the 39th Carl Westling Invitational in Langley. (Jennifer Wynn photos)

CHS runners/brothers Sam (left) and Henry Wynn hang out.

Henry Wynn is a closer.

Running in muggy weather down in Langley Saturday, the Coupeville High School senior harrier went deep and found a little something extra at the end of his race.

Wynn went to sprint mode in the final 100 meters of a 5,000 meter cross country race at the 39th annual Carl Westling Invitational, passing several runners down the backstretch.

He finished in 19 minutes, 23 seconds, with the strong surge pushing him to a 47th place finish out of 114 runners.

Running by himself — one teammate, Danny Conlisk, was out sick, while another, Sam Wynn, needs another practice to be eligible — Henry Wynn carried Coupeville’s colors in a race which attracted runners from 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A schools.

As the Wolves wait for their school to restart its own cross country program, they train and travel with South Whidbey High School runners and coaches.

Up next for the CHS trio is a trip to Lake Sammamish State Park Saturday, Sept. 23 for the Bellevue Cross Country Invitational.

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