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   You had one job! At least three school names are misspelled on the shirt given out Saturday at the Bellevue Cross Country Invitational. Of course, Coupeville is one… (Dawnelle Conlisk photos)

   Together, in uniform and in action, for the first time — Danny Conlisk (469), Henry Wynn (470) and Sam Wynn.

Team work!

For the first time this season all three Coupeville High School cross country runners were in uniform and on the course on the same day.

The Wolves, who travel and train with South Whidbey while they wait for CHS to revive its own storied program, ran Saturday at the 56-team Bellevue Cross Country Invitational at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Danny Conlisk, back in action after missing a meet due to illness, tore up the course, cruising through 5,000 meters in 17 minutes, 48.3 seconds, to finish 40th out of 74 runners in his flight.

That’s not only a PR for the Wolf junior, but a huge time drop, as he shaved 48 seconds off his previous best performance.

Running in the same race, CHS senior Henry Wynn finished 63rd in 19:00.

Rounding out the Wolf competitors was freshman Sam Wynn, who made his high school cross country debut.

The lil’ brother rambled home in 21:14.

The Invitational featured 13 different races, seven for boys and six for girls.

Coupeville’s trio really hit the road for their next event, traveling to Missoula, Montana for the 80-team Mountain West Classic Saturday, Sept. 30.

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   CHS junior Danny Conlisk is one of three Wolf cross country runners who will train and travel with South Whidbey this fall. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

The trail is long and winding, and they have many miles to go.

For a second straight season, Coupeville High School will be back in the cross country game — but without a team based out of its own campus.

The Wolves will send senior Henry Wynn, junior Danny Conlisk and freshman Sam Wynn down the Island to train and travel with South Whidbey.

The trio will wear CHS uniforms during meets and split from the Falcons for postseason events.

It’s a compromise for now, but there is a substantial push to revive Coupeville’s own cross country program, which has a rich history, including state champions Natasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010).

While nothing is set in stone, there have been  indications CHS could restart its own harrier program in 2018, in time for Conlisk’s senior season.

He and Henry Wynn are back for a second season of competing as mercenaries, while Sam Wynn will make his high school debut this season.

Henry Wynn competed in six events last season, topping off his campaign with a PR in the Olympic League Championships and a 26th place finish at districts.

Conlisk, who was bothered by injuries, ran in four events during the 2016 season, and his time of 18 minutes and 36 seconds at the 5,000 meter Nike Twilight Invitational was the best by a Wolf runner.

If the CHS trio compete at every event South Whidbey is scheduled to be at, including a late September trip to a meet in Montana, they would be on target to run in as many as 11 meets this season.

The cross country schedule: 

Wed-Sept. 6 @ River Meadows Run (Arlington)
Sat-Sept. 9 @ Sehome Invitational
Sat-Sept. 16 @ Carl Westling Invitational (South Whidbey)
Sat-Sept. 23 @ Bellevue Cross Country Invitational
Sat-Sept. 30 @ Mountain West Classic (Montana)
Thur-Oct. 5 @ Cascade Conference meet (South Whidbey)
Sat-Oct. 7 @ Nike Hole in the Wall XC Invitational (Lakewood)
Thur-Oct. 12 @ Cascade Conference Meet (Shoreline)
Thur-Oct. 19 @ Olympic League Championships (Sequim)
Sat-Oct. 28 @ Districts (University Place)
Sat-Nov. 4 @ 1A State Meet (Pasco)

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Sam Wynn heads off on an adventure. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Wynn)

There’s a new runner on the course.

Sam Wynn, who will be a freshman at Coupeville High School this fall, is joining older brother Henry and Danny Conlisk in pursuing a cross country career.

For now, that means training and traveling with South Whidbey, then competing as Wolves. The trio stay with the Falcons through the regular season, then break off come postseason time.

Rumors abound CHS might have its own cross country team in 2018, reviving a program with a rich history, including two individual state champs in Natasha Bamberger and Tyler King.

Until then, the current Wolf trio will make the trek South, and Sam Wynn, who was a strong track runner in middle school, will continue to work on fine-tuning his running skills.

“I would say an athletic strength I could have is following my coaches directions.

“I want to work on becoming much faster in both long and shorter distances,” Wynn added. “Improve my mile/5K times and become all-around faster and better.”

Wynn, who also plays soccer, skis and sails, doesn’t play favorites, but enjoys all of his activities.

“I wouldn’t say I have a absolute favorite sport, but currently I’m really enjoying both soccer and cross country,” he said. “I like having a good team and I would like to be able to enjoy winning more often.”

When he’s not involved in sports, Wynn can often be found around the stage, where he’s taken part in school drama productions.

As he pursues a new chapter in his life on the cross country course, he is grateful for the support crew which stands strong behind him on a daily basis.

“My family has always helped me stay fit and active and has always supported me in sports.”

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