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CMS cross country runners fuel up Wednesday at the league championship meet. (Elizabeth Bitting photos)

Noelle Western delivered Coupeville’s best performance.

The circle is complete.

Ending the season where it also began, the Coupeville Middle School cross country squad competed Wednesday at the Cascade League Championships.

Meet host Langley swept both team titles during the 140-runner event, while Coupeville claimed fourth in the girls race, and sixth in the boys.

Individual titles went to Reed Atwood of Langley and Caleb Greenland of Lakewood.

Coupeville placed a runner on the awards stand, with 8th grader Noelle Western claiming 9th place in the girls race.

The Wolves sent 15 runners to the line, with eight of the nine who competed in the season opener coming back around to set a PR on the same course.

“It’s always nice to finish where we first started the season,” said CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting. “So many PR’s, and so many happy faces!

“I am very proud of these athletes,” she added.

“I wish the 8th graders the best of luck in high school and I hope to see everybody else return in the fall! GO WOLVES!!!”

 

Complete Wednesday results (3000 meters):

 

GIRLS:

Noelle Western (9th) 14:15.92
Mikayla Wagner (14th) 15:08.47
Ivy Rudat (15th) 15:08.80
Aleksia Jump (17th) 15:43.16
Laken Simpson (23rd) 16:03.25
Marin Winger (24th) 16:15.42
Liza Zustiak (28th) 16:38.59
Devon Wyman (36th) 18:58.47
Emma McFadden (38th) 19:12.79
Mary Western (41st) 19:36.61

 

BOYS:

Beckett Green (24th) 13:38.54
Wyatt Fitch-Marron (29th) 13:54.79
Joshua Stockdale (33rd) 14:21.70
Axel Marshall (41st) 14:54.58
Zack Blitch (61st) 17:50.91

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Coupeville Middle School runners, ready to rumble in Sultan. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

They roared in pink.

Wearing colored wrist bands to show support for the battle against breast cancer, Coupeville Middle School cross country runners came up big Thursday at a meet in Sultan.

The Wolf girls stunned perennial powerhouse Langley, winning a team title in a tight race to the finish.

Coupeville, which put five runners in the top 20, finished with 48 points to their next door neighbor’s 52.

On the boys side, Lakewood ran away with the team title, with Coupeville finishing fifth.

Langley did win both individual titles, with Sienna Nissen and Rowan Jung topping the girls and boys, respectively.

The meet drew 122 runners in all.

CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting was thrilled with the team win, and her runners got to enjoy a wild time along the way.

“They had an adventurous afternoon,” she said. “The course was wet and muddy. They crossed many bridges, and saw lots of salmon swimming in the streams.”

 

Complete Thursday results (1.7 miles):

 

GIRLS:

Noelle Western (10th) 13:47
Ivy Rudat (12th) 13:51
Aleksia Jump (15th) 14:27
Laken Simpson (18th) 15:10
Mikayla Wagner (19th) 15:10
Marin Winger (26th) 15:50
Liza Zustiak (27th) 16:00
Mary Western (35th) 19:22

 

BOYS:

Easton Green (20th) 12:42
Beckett Green 
(26th) 13:28
Wyatt Fitch-Marron (30th) 13:40
Joshua Stockdale (35th) 14:15
Axel Marshall (38th) 14:25
Zack Blitch (51st) 14:25

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Noelle Western was Coupeville’s fastest girl Saturday at the Westling Invitational. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

“They did awesome! We may be small in numbers but we’re large in heart!!!”

A new season of Coupeville Middle School cross country dawned Saturday, and brought all the joy back to Wolf coach Elizabeth Bitting’s heart.

A day after rain and wind (mostly wind) buffeted Whidbey Island, the weather cooperated, and 10 CMS runners got their first chance to step to the line at a real competition.

The event was the Carl Westling Invitational in Langley, the 42nd edition of Whidbey’s premier gathering of harriers.

“What a beautiful day for the first race of the Coupeville Middle School cross country season!,” Bitting said. “No rain, no wind, and we had power!

“There were nerves, anxious feet, lots of questions, and loads of PR’s!!!”

The Wolf girls were up first, and her runners immediately made Bitting proud.

“Once that starting gun went off all nerves, doubts and fears faded, and all we saw were some determined runners!,” she said.

“I am so proud of what each of these runners accomplished at this, their first race,” Bitting added. “I cannot wait to see what the season brings! GO WOLVES!!!”

 

Complete CMS results (3,000 meters):

 

GIRLS:

Noelle Western (10th) 15:00.10
Mikayla Wagner (11th) 15:04.80
Aleksia Jump (20th) 17:22.70
Marin Winger (21st) 17:43.50
Laken Simpson (22nd) 17:45.90
Emma McFadden (27th) 21:04.90
Mary Western (31st) 22:45.80

 

BOYS:

Easton Green (9th) 13:48.20
Beckett Green (11th) 14:06.00
Wyatt Fitch-Marron (17th) 15:22.40

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