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Ivy Rudat returns for another season of cross country. (Jackie Saia photo)

The future is bright. And young.

When the Coupeville Middle School cross country team opens competition Saturday at the Carl Westling Invitational in Langley, half of the 15-athlete team will be 6th graders.

CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting only has a handful of veterans, with 8th grader Liza Zustiak entering her third year in the program.

Aleksia Jump is in her second year, with Ivy Rudat and Axel Marshall having participated in last year’s intramural season during the Covid shutdown.

Bitting, always among the most-positive of Wolf coaches, is rarin’ to get going.

“There is an amazing group of sixth-grade athletes! So full of energy and excitement to participate in their first season of a middle school sport,” she said.

“There is so much potential with these athletes!,” Bitting added. “With their enthusiasm and the hard work I have seen them put into workouts, I can’t wait to see what Saturday brings.”

The Westling Invitational is the kickoff to a seven-race schedule for CMS.

“This is always a fun first race to get the runner’s feet wet,” Bitting said. “In fact, with the weather forecasted, they may actually get their feet wet!!!”

 

The CMS roster:

 

8th grade:

Easton Green
Aleksia Jump
Noelle Western
Liza Zustiak

 

7th grade:

Zach Blitch
Axel Marshall
Ivy Rudat

 

6th grade:

Wyatt Fitch-Marron
Beckett Green
Emma McFadden
Laken Simpson
Mikayla Wagner
Mary Western
Marin Winger
Devon Wyman

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