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Freshman Mitchell Hall had the best performance out of 13 CHS cross country runners Saturday at a 43-school meet in Bellingham. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Back, l to r, Cameron Epp, Mitchell Hall, Eli Kastner, Aiden Anderson, coach Luke Samford. Front: Aidan Wilson, Sam Wynn, Reiley Araceley, Tate Wyman.

Back: Alana Mihill, Catherine Lhamon. Front: Cristina McGrath, Helen Strelow, Claire Mayne.

They had plenty of company.

Coupeville High School sent 13 runners to the Gear Up Sports Northwest Preview/Sehome Invitational in Bellingham Saturday, and those Wolves found themselves surrounded on all sides.

There were 43 schools represented at the meet, with more than 100 runners in each of nine races.

The day’s competition was divided up by class, with freshmen running against each other, and on through sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Coupeville’s top performance came from freshmen Mitchell Hall, who covered the two-mile course in 12 minutes, 46.64 seconds.

He was one of eight Wolf boys to compete — six of those harriers are freshmen — while the CHS girls sent five to the starting line.

Coupeville is right back at it next Saturday, when they travel a much-shorter distance.

The destination will be South Whidbey High School, and the event will be the 41st edition of the Carl Westling Invitational.


Saturday’s results:




Claire Mayne (57th) 15:46.87
Helen Strelow (58th) 15:47.73
Cristina McGrath (100th) 18:01.51 *PR*


Alana Mihill (43rd) 15:27.00


Catherine Lhamon (30th) 14:44.49




Mitchell Hall (55th) 12:46.64
Aidan Wilson (77th) 13:15.83
Reiley Araceley (104th) 13:44.76
Cameron Epp (111th) 14:00.36 *PR*
Tate Wyman (114th) 14:03.74
Aiden Anderson (134th) 14:52.33


Sam Wynn (106th) 13:05.14
Eli Kastner (145th) 16:29.42

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Catherine Lhamon finished 15th out of 121 sophomore girls at Saturday’s Sehome Invitational. (Helene Lhamon photo)

Catherine Lhamon is on the attack.

Running in just her second high school cross country meet Saturday, the Coupeville sophomore sparkled at the epic 36-team Sehome Invitational.

With so many teams in attendance, the event broke its races down by classes, and yet almost every one of the eight varsity heats featured 100 or more runners.

Lhamon came pounding down the back stretch, picking off 10 runners over the final mile of her two-mile race to claim 15th out of 121 runners.

The speedy Wolf hit the tape in 13 minutes, 59.95 seconds.

The massive meet drew in teams from every classification in Washington state, with all three Whidbey Island schools making the trip.

Other Coupeville results:

Freshman girls — Alana Mihill (33rd) 15:42.79

Sophomore boys — Sam Wynn (72nd) 12:48.23; TJ Rickner (120th) 14:10.90

Junior boys — Chris Ruck (117th) 15:52.05

Senior boys — Danny Conlisk (53rd) 12:26.31; Kyle Burnett (91st) 16:30.07

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   Wolf harriers Henry Wynn (left) and Danny Conlisk braved the rain at Saturday’s Sehome Invitational. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

The return of rain didn’t scare away the runners.

Bellingham’s Civic Stadium was flooded with nearly a thousand harriers Saturday, as the Sehome Invitational played out across nine races.

Somewhere there, in the mass of humanity, were two Wolves, as Danny Conlisk and Henry Wynn continued to pursue their sport as a small, but resilient team.

The meet was broken down by grades, with competitors running against athletes their own age.

Conlisk covered the 3,200 meter course in 11 minutes, 27 seconds, claiming 27th out of 112 runners in the boys juniors race.

Wynn, running as a senior, clocked in at 11:52, finishing 39th in a field of 83 runners in his heat.

The duo train and travel with South Whidbey, since Coupeville High School doesn’t have an active cross country program.

They’ll be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 16, when they should be joined by freshman Sam Wynn, who is catching up on practices.

Their destination? A short jaunt down South to Langley, their home away from home, for the 39th annual Carl Westling South Whidbey Invitational.

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