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Ryanne Knoblich is highly ranked in multiple track and field events. (Photo courtesy Mariah Madsen)

It’s still really early.

The state track and field championships are a solid two months away, and Coupeville High School is scheduled to appear in 10 more meets between now and then.

But … if the season ended today, the Wolves would have a new state champ.

That’s because, as of Feb. 20, sophomore Lyla Stuurmans is the fastest 2B girl in the 400.

“The Franchise” leads an impressive list of Wolves currently ranked in the Top 10 among all athletes in Coupeville’s classification.

Early or not, give them their props for what they’ve accomplished through the first two meets of the season.


Wolves currently in the Top 10 in 2B:



400 — Lyla Stuurmans (1st) 1:04.72

800 — Aleera Kent (4th) 2:47.45; Noelle Western (10th) 3:01.45

100 Hurdles — Claire Mayne (7th) 19.79

4 x 100 Relay — Ava Mitten, Mayne, Carly Burt, Ryanne Knoblich (10th) 58.16

4 x 200 Relay — Stuurmans, Ayden Wyman, Western, Issabel Johnson (3rd) 2:05.22

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (6th) 29-07; Katie Marti (9th) 28-07

Discus — Lhamon (4th) 97-08

Javelin — Marti (6th) 84-10; Taygin Jump (8th) 80-02

High Jump — Knoblich (3rd) 4-10

Triple Jump — Knoblich (10th) 27-07.50



100 — Tim Ursu (8th) 11.98

200 — Nick Guay (10th) 24.91

800 — Aidan Wilson (3rd) 2:07.37

1600 — Mitchell Hall (2nd) 4:51.99; Malachi Somes (6th) 5:10.43

3200 — Cameron Epp (3rd) 11:14.55

110 Hurdles — Tate Wyman (9th) 18.76; Reiley Aracely (10th) 18.93

300 Hurdles — T. Wyman (9th) 47.59

4 x 100 Relay — Ursu, Dominic Coffman, T. Wyman, Guay (4th) 47.34

4 x 400 Relay — Hall, Ezra Boilek, Hank Milnes, Wilson (3rd) 3:54.22

Discus — Zac Tackett (8th) 119-04

High Jump — Guay (3rd) 5-11; Coffman (10th) 5-06; Wilson (10th) 5-06

Long Jump — Alex Murdy (2nd) 19-10.25

Triple Jump — Wilson (4th) 38-09; Milnes (10th) 35-02

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CHS cross country runners (l to r) Preston Howard, Carson Field, Landon Roberts, and Thomas Strelow celebrate the season. (Sherry Bonacci photo)

It was a season full of big moments.

The Coupeville High School cross country program won boys and girls league titles this fall, while sending eight runners — including its entire girls’ team — to the state meet.

Senior Mitchell Hall beat the field to win an individual league title, as well, while the Wolf girls earned an academic state title for having the highest team GPA among all 2B schools.

All of that and more was celebrated Thursday, as CHS coach Paige Spangler and her team capped awards season with the final banquet on the fall schedule.

Claire Mayne burns up the trail. (Jackie Saia photo)





Mitchell Hall
Helen Strelow


4-Year Participation:

Mitchell Hall
Cristina McGrath
Helen Strelow
Tate Wyman


Most Improved:

Zeke Allen
Erica McGrath


Hardest Worker:

Claire Mayne


Best Teammate:

Claire Mayne
Helen Strelow


Cross Country Clown:

Carson Field
Landon Roberts


Varsity letter winners:

Reagan Callahan
Carson Field
Easton Green
Mitchell Hall
Preston Howard
Claire Mayne
Cristina McGrath
Erica McGrath
Landon Roberts
George Spear
Helen Strelow
Thomas Strelow
Noelle Western
Tate Wyman


Participation certificates:

Zeke Allen
Nic Wasik

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Fab frosh Noelle Western is going to the state cross country meet, and her teammates are coming with her. (Kerry Western photo)

Party like it’s 1982!

That year, British new wave kings Duran Duran released Hungry Like the Wolf, which went on to win the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville High School girls cross country team claimed 4th place at the state meet, the best finish in school history for a harrier squad.

Now, 40 years later, a new group of award-hungry Wolves has arrived to stake their own claim to greatness.

Running as a pack Thursday, the Coupeville girls finished 3rd at the Tri-District meet at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, punching their ticket as a team to the state meet.

That race goes down Saturday, Nov. 5 in Pasco, where CHS boys Mitchell Hall and Carson Field will join their female compatriots, having qualified as individuals.

The top three teams, and best 21 runners in each race advanced.

It’s the second trip to state for Hall, Claire Mayne, and Helen Strelow, as all three qualified as individuals last season.

Field, Noelle Western, Cristina McGrath, Reagan Callahan, and Erica McGrath will be making their state meet debuts.

“Very excited for all of them,” said CHS coach Paige Spangler. “They’ve worked so hard this season!!!”

Coupeville senior Helen Strelow is a two-time state meet qualifier. (Jackie Saia photo)

Getting an entire team through to Pasco marks a major milestone as Coupeville nears the end of year five of the rebirth of its cross country program.

The Wolf boys finished 5th in the team standings at both the 1976 and 1977 state meets, while the CHS girls were 8th in 1981 and 4th in 1982.

Add in individual state titles for Natasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010), and the Wolf program has a proud history.

But it also went into hibernation in the ’90s — King won his title as a solo artist training and traveling with Oak Harbor — and stayed dormant until being relaunched in 2018.

Bamberger, Luke Samford, and Elizabeth Bitting each coached a season, while Spangler is in her second, and final year, as she and her husband are moving to the East coast in December.

Under their combined tutelage, Danny Conlisk and Catherine Lhamon made it to state as individuals, then the three-pack last year, and now they’ll cram the van for the trip.

The Wolf girls qualified by notching 104 points Thursday, holding off Mount Vernon Christian (114) and Bellevue-based Summit Classical Christian (116).

Pope John Paul II, which hails from Lacey, was a clear front-runner with just 15 points, with Tacoma’s Covenant (90) claiming second among the seven schools which fielded a full girls team.

On the boys side, it was PJP-II (19), MVC (84), and Covenant (87) qualifying as teams, with Orcas Island (100) and Coupeville (106) just missing out.

Hall had the best performance of any Wolf, finishing 3rd in his race, with Catelin King of PJP-II and Asher Ingram of Northwest Christian (Lacey) earning individual titles on the 5,000-meter course.

Carson Field is state bound for the first time. (Jackie Saia photo)


Thursday’s results:


Claire Mayne (15th) 23:22.7
Noelle Western (18th) 23:37.9
Helen Strelow (22nd) 24:10.1
Cristina McGrath (29th) 25:07.4
Reagan Callahan (40th) 27:33.0
Erica McGrath (42nd) 27:37.2



Mitchell Hall (3rd) 17:49.2
Carson Field 
(16th) 19:11.4
Landon Roberts 
(27th) 20:24.4
Tate Wyman
(41st) 21:48.8
Preston Howard (42nd) 21:50.1
George Spear (43rd) 21:50.7
Easton Green (50th) 22:28.8


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Wolf senior Mitchell Hall was the boys champion at Friday’s Northwest 2B/1B League championships. (Jon Roberts photos)

Coupeville’s runners bask in a top-notch performance.

The rain came, the smoke got at least a bit better, and everyone returned to running.

After postponing the event a day because of bad air quality, Northwest 2B/1B League cross country teams held their league championship meet Friday in Mount Vernon.

And, when they did, Coupeville made its presence felt, in a big way.

Wolf senior Mitchell Hall won an individual title, the pride of Prairie Center Market beating the field by more than a minute across the 5,000-meter course.

But there was more, much more, as the Wolf girls won a team title outright, while the CHS boys shared the crown with Orcas Island.

Coming off a fantastic all-around day, Coupeville gets right back to work getting ready for the rest of the postseason tour.

Next up for the Wolves is the 14-school Tri-District Championships, which goes down Thursday, Oct. 27 at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

That’s the lead-in to the 2B/1B state meet, and the Wolf girls have a much better shot than their male counterparts at qualifying for the big dance.

The top three girls’ teams, and the top 21 individual runners, qualify for state.

On the boy’s side of things, Districts 1, 2, and 3 are getting the short end of the stick for state meet allocations this season, with only the top team and the first seven individual runners advancing.

The state meet is Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.


Friday’s results:


Claire Mayne (3rd) 22:53
Noelle Western (4th) 23:38
Helen Strelow (5th) 24:28
Cristina McGrath (6th) 25:02
Erica McGrath (13th) 28:47
Reagan Callahan (14th) 28:48



Mitchell Hall (1st) 17:57
Carson Field 
(3rd) 19:04
Landon Roberts
(9th) 20:17
George Spear
(10th) 20:18
Tate Wyman (20th) 21:40
Preston Howard (23rd) 22:00
Easton Green (24th) 22:02
Ezekiel Allen (25th) 22:03
Nic Wasik (27th) 22:29

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CHS cross country runner Tate Wyman enjoys Senior Night festivities. (Sherry Bonacci photos)

They got their well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

A day before the Northwest 2B/1B League Championships are scheduled to go down in Mount Vernon, the Coupeville High School cross country squad honored its seniors.

Current CHS coach Paige Spangler, and middle school running guru Elizabeth Bitting — who has worked extensively with all involved — paid tribute to five Wolves.

Seniors Claire Mayne, Mitchell Hall, Tate Wyman, Cristina McGrath, and Helen Strelow have been at the forefront as Coupeville revived and rebuilt its harrier program, and they leave behind a trail of success.

Wolf coaches Elizabeth Bitting (left) and Paige Spangler hang out with seniors (l to r) Mitchell Hall, Helen Strelow, Claire Mayne, and Cristina McGrath.

Bitting, who coached the Class of 2023 seniors in both middle school and high school, reminisces about the early days.

Sweet success.

It’s official.

The underclassmen join the seniors for a team dinner.

On to the postseason!

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