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Speedy Lyla Stuurmans slows down just long enough to snap a pic with the parental units. (Photo courtesy Sarah Stuurmans)

“The Franchise” is in awards-winning mode.

Coupeville High School sophomore Lyla Stuurmans was honored Thursday by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, named as an Athlete of the Week winner.

Each week during the school year, the WIAA and Gesa Credit Union hail a male and female athlete from each classification (4A-1B) in the state.

Stuurmans, who competes for the 2B Wolves, was honored for her performance at last weekend’s District 1/2 Track and Field Championships in Coupeville.

Running wild on her home oval, the oldest of Scott and Sarah’s four children claimed three titles and will advance to the state meet in all of them.

Lyla won the 400 and 800, then ran the anchor leg on a triumphant 4 x 400 relay squad.

A three-sport star who also plays volleyball (school and club) and has been a varsity basketball starter since she was in 8th grade, Stuurmans has won 15 times this track season, spread across four events.


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Coupeville sophomore Lyla Stuurmans wants all your medals. (Photo courtesy Sarah Stuurmans)

One meet left to go, and it’s the big one.

Coming off of a sweep of the team titles at Saturday’s District 1/2 Track and Field Championships, Coupeville High School athletes now have their eyes set firmly on the state meet in Yakima.

Counting alternates for two relay teams, CHS coaches expect to pack 22 Wolves into a school bus, with the big dance playing out May 25-27.

With its body of work fully displayed, Coupeville boasts a fair number of athletes in the top 10 among students from 2B schools.

Though, thanks to the cutthroat nature of high school track and field, a couple of those top 10 performances didn’t translate to state meet berths for the Wolves or athletes from rival teams.

Only the winner of each event at Bi-Districts advanced, and several duels Saturday featured multiple contenders throw down stellar performances at the exact same time.

One example is the 1600, where CHS senior Mitchell Hall PR’d and delivered the 9th best performance in 2B this season, while Northwest Christian’s Asher Ingram hit the tape less than a second ahead of him.

You have to earn the right to advance as well, which is why Wolf junior Nick Guay is not state-bound in the high jump, despite having the 6th best mark in the event.

He didn’t compete at the bi-district meet, which left the door open for teammate Dominic Coffman (9th best in 2B) to claim a title, and a trip to state.

Dominic Coffman jumps to victory. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Or there’s the case of Coupeville senior Taygin Jump, who is #3 in 2B in the hammer throw.

Unfortunately, the event is not part of the state meet, denying her a chance to let it rip on the big stage.

And, in one final quirk, the CHS girls 4 x 400 relay team is ranked #4 in 2B, but when the Wolves won a bi-district title and punched their ticket to state Saturday, they did so with a different, and slightly slower, lineup.


Where CHS athletes rank in 2B through May 15, with (*) indicating an impending trip to the state meet:



100 — Monroe Myles (8th) 13.28 (*)

200 — Myles (6th) 27.17 (*)

400 — Lyla Stuurmans (7th) 1:03.60 (*)

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (8th) 17.41 (*)

4 x 100 Relay — Myles, Ryanne Knoblich, Issabel Johnson, Mayne (8th) 53.72

4 x 400 Relay — Mayne, Aleera Kent, Carly Burt, Stuurmans (4th) 4:27.11 (*)

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (4th) 35-00 (*)

High Jump — Knoblich (3rd) 5-00 (*)

Hammer Throw — Taygin Jump (3rd) 56-08



400 — Aidan Wilson (8th) 53.08

800 — Wilson (2nd) 2:01.22 (*)

1600 — Mitchell Hall (9th) 4:40.16

110 Hurdles — Tate Wyman (8th) 16.90

4 x 100 Relay — Reily AraceleyWyman, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (2nd) 45.02 (*)

4 x 400 Relay — Preston Epp, Hall, WymanWilson (10th) 3:39.69

High Jump — Guay (6th) 6-00; Dominic Coffman (9th) 5-10 (*)

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (6th) 20-03 (*)

Triple Jump — Wilson (7th) 41-05.50 (*)

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CHS track star Tate Wyman is ranked in the top 10 state-wide in two events. (Sherry Bonacci photo)

We’re entering the stretch run, where every second and every inch counts big-time.

High school track and field enters the postseason this week, with Coupeville traveling to La Conner Wednesday for the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships.

After that, depending on performance, is districts and the state meet.

That means, across the state, every track athlete is gunning to throw down PR’s, which creates near-constant movement on the top 10 charts.

Coming off of strong work at Saturday’s Sunny and 70s Invitational, seniors Claire Mayne and Tate Wyman hurdle their way back into the mix for a top spot.

Also jumping onto a top 10 chart is fellow 12th grader Taygin Jump, who made her debut in the hammer throw an auspicious one.

At the same time, several Wolves who sat out Saturday’s meet find themselves bumped off the list, for the moment at least.

And, in a side note, there’s the case of sophomore Katie Marti, currently ranked #10 in the javelin with a throw of 98 feet, 10 inches.

Paul Messner’s granddaughter also has a throw of 100-04, which came at the one-team Coupeville Classic Invitational.

While listed as Marti’s PR, that lob has not been acknowledged as an official mark yet, however, because of complicated regulations on how results are reported, and what is considered “official” and “unofficial.”

With that in mind, a look at where the Wolves rank state-wide among 2B athletes as of May 1:



400 — Lyla Stuurmans (6th) 1:03.76

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (9th) 17.96

4 x 400 Relay — Stuurmans, Ryanne Knoblich, Mayne, Carly Burt (6th) 4:37.74

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (4th) 33-09

Javelin — Katie Marti (10th) 98-10

High Jump — Knoblich (6th) 4-10

Hammer Throw — Taygin Jump (3rd) 56-08



400 — Aidan Wilson (6th) 53.08

800 — Wilson (2nd) 2:01.22

110 Hurdles — Tate Wyman (8th) 16.99

4 x 100 Relay — Nick Guay, Wyman, WilsonDominic Coffman (2nd) 45.37

4 x 400 Relay — Guay, Mitchell Hall, Hank MilnesWilson (10th) 3:42.76

Discus — Zac Tackett (10th) 127-05

High Jump — Guay (7th) 5-11; Coffman (8th) 5-10

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (5th) 19-11.75

Triple Jump — Wilson (5th) 40-08.75

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Wolf senior Dominic Coffman competed in three events Saturday at a 26-team meet. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Can’t hold ’em down.

Despite being the only “B” school in the 26-team field, Coupeville High School track and field held its own Saturday at the Sunny and 70 Invitational in Lakewood.

The Wolves claimed 13th in the boys’ standings and 14th in the girls, while 4A Kamiak (boys) and 3A Stanwood (girls) took home team titles.

Plus, the Wolves finished ahead of next-door neighbor South Whidbey, a 1A school, on both sides of the ledger, always a sweet cherry on top of the sundae.

The popular meet drew three 4A schools, four from 3A, seven from 2A, and 11 from 1A to go with 2B Coupeville.

Things actually started Friday with the hammer throw, and Wolf senior Taygin Jump made her debut in the event, finishing 9th against seasoned competitors.

Saturday’s meet, in which Coupeville athletes scored 11 PR’s, was the last regular-season event on the schedule.

The Wolves travel to La Conner Wednesday for the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships.

After that is the district meet, held May 13 in Coupeville, and the state meet May 27-29 in Yakima.


Saturday’s results:



400 — Lyla Stuurmans (5th) 1:03.76 *PR*; Aleera Kent (23rd) 1:10.01

800 — Stuurmans (11th) 2:35.34 *PR*; Kent (20th) 2:48.86

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (8th) 17.96; Katie Buskala (26th) 21.45 *PR*

300 Hurdles — Gwen Crowder (25th) 1:06.51

4 x 100 Relay — Issabel JohnsonRyanne Knoblich, Carlota Marcos-Cabrillo, Mayne (12th) 55.77

4 x 200 Relay — Carly Burt, Knoblich, Ayden Wyman, Stuurmans (12th) 1:59.49

4 x 400 Relay — StuurmansKnoblich, Mayne, Burt (8th) 4:37.74

4 x 800 Relay — Noelle Western, Crowder, Taygin Jump, A. Wyman (7th) 13:17.90

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (6th) 31-10.75; Katie Marti (8th) 29-09.75 *PR*; Reese Wilkinson (20th) 26-03.75

Discus — Wilkinson (11th) 89-00; Marti (15th) 84-04; Erica McGrath (17th) 81-03; Lhamon (27th) 68-09

Javelin — Marti (7th) 95-02; Jump (17th) 82-10; Johnson (26th) 63-00

Hammer Throw — Jump (9th) 56-08 *PR*

High Jump — Knoblich (4th) 4-10

Long Jump — Burt (23rd) 11-11.25



100 — Dominic Coffman (22nd) 12.19

800 — Aidan Wilson (4th) 2:01.22 *PR*

1600 — Mitchell Hall (18th) 4:47.97

3200 — Cameron Epp (12th) 10:48.60 *PR*; Malachi Somes (21st) 11:23.30

110 Hurdles — Tate Wyman (7th) 16.99 *PR*; Cael Wilson (22nd) 19.57; Reiley Araceley (23rd) 19.68

300 Hurdles — T. Wyman (16th) 45.23

4 x 100 Relay — Nick GuayT. Wyman, A. WilsonCoffman (6th) 45.37

4 x 200 Relay — Guay, Preston Epp, Araceley, Alex Murdy (5th) 1:38.15

4 x 400 Relay — Guay, Hall, Hank Milnes, A. Wilson (9th) 3:49.54

4 x 800 Relay — Ezra Boilek, Alex Merino-Martinez, Somes, C. Epp (8th) 9:48.68

Discus — Zac Tackett (11th) 119-05

Javelin — Hall (25th) 111-02

2K Steeplechase — C. Epp (12th) 7:39.86 *PR*; Araceley (24th) 8:40.96 *PR*; Milnes (25th) 8:43.49 *PR*

High Jump — Guay (4th) 5-08; Coffman (7th) 5-06; C. Wilson (13th) 5-04

Long Jump — Murdy (5th) 19-11

Triple Jump — A. Wilson (3rd) 40-08.75; Milnes (21st) 35-02.75; Araceley (28th) 33-09.25

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Coupeville senior Alex Murdy is one of the best long jumpers in the state. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every second counts, every inch matters.

As we wind our way towards May, the number of regular season track and field meets dwindle, with the onset of the postseason just on the horizon.

Taking our weekly look at how Coupeville High School athletes stack up against other 2B stars, we have movement from last Monday.

A scan of the top 10 marks in each event show the Wolves going upwards four times, with sophomore Katie Marti jumping back into the elite in the javelin.

Aidan Wilson (400) and both 4 x 400 relay squads are also trending up after strong showings at the GearUp Eason Invitational, while CHS remains in the top 10 in 13 of the other 15 events it previously occupied.

And for those two guys (briefly) bumped from the list by newcomers — Nick Guay in the 200 and Tate Wyman in the 300 hurdles?

Both remain in the top 10 in other events, plus have a chance to compete again Saturday, April 29, when the Wolves attend the Sunny and 70’s Invitational in Lakewood.


Where CHS ranks in 2B as of April 24:



100 — Monroe Myles (10th) 13.52

400 — Lyla Stuurmans (4th) 1:03.83

4 x 400 Relay — Claire MayneCarly BurtAyden Wyman, Aleera Kent (4th) 4:38.96

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (3rd) 33-09

Discus — Lhamon (10th) 97-08

Javelin — Katie Marti (9th) 98-10

High Jump — Ryanne Knoblich (6th) 4-10



100 — Tim Ursu (9th) 11.64

400 — Aidan Wilson (6th) 53.08

800 — Wilson (2nd) 2:01.51

1600 — Mitchell Hall (9th) 4:46.62

4 x 100 Relay — Nick Guay, Tate Wyman, WilsonDominic Coffman (2nd) 45.40

4 x 400 Relay — GuayHall, Hank Milnes, Wilson (8th) 3:42.76

Discus — Zac Tackett (10th) 127-05

High Jump — Guay (4th) 5-11; Coffman (5th) 5-10

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (3rd) 19-11.75

Triple Jump — Wilson (6th) 40-01.25

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