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Julia Jones

Julia Jones

Julia Jones is going out with a bang.

The Coupeville High School senior is closing her final semester on campus by stretching out and doing a little bit of everything.

A longtime member of the school’s acting troupe, she’s deep into her final show, with two performances left of “Second Best Bed” (Mar. 11-12 at 7:30 PM in the Coupeville PAC), part of an evening of one-act plays.

In between preparing for her final moments on the CHS stage, Jones is also reigniting a love for track.

After competing for two years early in life, she’s returned to the oval for one last fling this spring.

“I did track in middle school and stopped but decided to pick it back up my senior year to make this year more memorable,” Jones said.

“I enjoy the sportsmanship in track, because even though it’s a more independent sport, everyone still cheers you on.”

She plans to compete in the 100, long jump and javelin, with a goal of getting under 20 seconds in the 100.

Regardless of what time she runs, the joy derived from pushing herself is what drives Jones.

“I really enjoy sprinting because it makes me feel powerful, even if I’m not very fast compared to my teammates,” she said.

A huge fan of “Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, Jones enjoys writing and reading in her spare time.

On the track, she is resilient and plucky.

“I think that my strengths are that I continue to try even when I’m having a hard time, as cheesy as it sounds, but even though I’m not the most athletic person on the team I still at least try to push myself,” Jones said.

“I do need to work on my endurance though, I’m still very out of shape,” she added with a laugh.

As she embraces a final athletic challenge before graduation, Jones does so with the support of her family and friends, including one special fellow Wolf track star.

“My friends have had a huge impact on who I am today,” Jones said. “Also my boyfriend, shout out to Jesse Hester, has been there for me since day one and has helped shaped me to be a better person.”

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Abby Parker set a PR in the 1,500 while running in Cashmere Saturday. (John Fisken photo)

Wolf frosh Abby Parker set a PR in the 1500 while running in Cashmere Saturday. (John Fisken photo)

Small numbers, but some big results.

Capping off spring break, the Coupeville High School track squad sent a limited number of athletes to the 44th annual Cashmere Invitational Saturday, but seven Wolves came home with PR’s.

Abby Parker (1500), Mitchell Losey (javelin),  Jesse Hester (110 hurdles), Alexxis Otto (shot put), Allison Wenzel (javelin), Luke Carlson (discus) and Lathom Kelley (200, 300 hurdles) all set individual bests in their events.

Kelley claimed the highest finish of the day, winning the 300 hurdles in a field of 21 athletes in his first-ever try at the event.

18 teams competed, ranging in size from 2A to 2B, with King’s taking the boys title and Meridian copping the honors on the girls side of the competition.

Complete CHS results:

GIRLS:

800 — Abby Parker (15th) 3:05.32

1500 — Parker (13th) 6:11.08 *PR*

Discus — Skyler Lawrence (18th) 72-10; Alexxis Otto (24th) 48-11

Shot Put — Lawrence (7th) 28-05.50; Otto (23rd) 21-05.50 *PR*

Javelin — Allison Wenzel (19th) 72-04 *PR*; Lawrence (22nd) 70-10

Long Jump — Lauren Grove (14th) 13-02

Triple Jump — Grove (7th) 28-00.75

BOYS:

100 — Lathom Kelley (8th) 11.88; Jacob Smith (19th) 12.43

200 — Kelley (6th) 23.65 *PR*

110 Hurdles — Jesse Hester (15th) 20.90 *PR*

300 Hurdles — Kelley (1st) 42.07 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Kelley, Mitchell Carroll, Smith, Dalton Martin (12th) 51.19

Shot Put — Martin (11th) 38-02.75

Javelin — Mitchell Losey (16th) 112-08 *PR*; Hester (25th) 69-08

Discus — Martin (4th) 129-01; Luke Carlson (16th) 89-05 *PR*

Long Jump — Carroll (22nd) 15-09.25

High Jump — Connor Thompson (12th) 5-04

Triple Jump — Carroll (15th) 34-11.25; Thompson (16th) 34-00.50

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