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Wolf track and field athletes won’t visit the red football field at Eastern Washington University next spring. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

There’s a new final destination.

After decades of ending the season in Cheney at Eastern Washington University, the 1B/2B/1A state track and field championships are moving to Yakima.

The decision was approved by the executive board of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association at its meeting Sunday, Nov. 13 and announced publicly Wednesday.

The state meet will now be held at Eisenhower High School’s Zaepfel Stadium, which annually hosts one of the region’s biggest track rumbles, the Holder Relays.

The change was not unexpected, as EWU officials previously informed the WIAA that renovations to the school’s football facility would include removal and relocation of its track oval.

Zaepful Stadium has hosted the state meet before, welcoming Class A and B athletes in 1994 and 1995.

The Yakima facility also hosted the 3A meet in 1981 and the Class A championships between 1976-1979.

Zaepful Stadium, named in honor of Yakima’s John Zaepfel, a longtime coach and athletic director, was renovated to the tune of $4.2 million in 2015.

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Noelle Western made it to the state cross country meet as a mere freshman. (Kerry Western photo)

They were too fast for the storm.

Eight Coupeville High School cross country runners departed Whidbey Island long before the power went off, and stayed off, at home.

Then, while most people back home stared into the unrelenting, inky darkness, the Wolves hit the course at Saturday’s 2B/1B state meet in Pasco.

Having sent a full team to the big dance for the first time since the ’80s, Coupeville unleashed six girls and two boys on the Sun Willows Golf Course.

Senior Mitchell Hall was the first Wolf to hit the tape, finishing 19th in the boys’ race, while the CHS girls claimed 8th in the team standings.

That’s the third top 10 finish for the program, coming on the heels of 4th in 1982 and 8th in 1981.

None of Saturday’s runners were even close to being alive during the age of Madonna, but they acquitted themselves nicely in Paige Spangler’s final moments as Coupeville’s harrier coach.

The trail guru, who coached two seasons at CHS, heads east after this, with her military husband having received new orders.

Before she left, Spangler also got to witness her girls team receive an academic state championship, with the Wolves having the highest GPA of any 2B team.

Coupeville’s girls, fast and smart. (Nicole Strelow photo)

Four of Coupeville’s eight runners at state depart as well, with Helen Strelow, Cristina McGrath, Hall, and Claire Mayne all seniors.

Noelle Western, Erica McGrath, Carson Field, and Reagan Callahan are all underclassmen.

Pope John Paul II and Chewelah claimed the girls and boys team titles, respectively, at Saturday’s championships, with PJP-II edging Garfield-Palouse by a single point.

Josie McLaughlin of St. George’s and Ciaran St. Hilaire of Tri-Cities Prep won individual crowns.

 

Saturday results:

GIRLS:

Claire Mayne (42nd) 24:05.30
Helen Strelow (49th) 24:28.20
Cristina McGrath (63rd) 25:57.70
Reagan Callahan (72nd) 28:20.60
Erica McGrath (73rd) 28:21.80

 

BOYS:

Mitchell Hall (19th) 17:58.80
Carson Field (74th) 19:27.90

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Coupeville junior Ryanne Knoblich, the second-best high jumper in 2B, celebrates with coaches Bob Martin and Elizabeth Bitting. (Photo courtesy Roberta Madsen)

The Wolves prep for opening ceremonies at the state track and field championships in Cheney. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

They exited in style.

Closing the 2B state track and field championships strongly, Coupeville High School athletes claimed three 2nd place finishes and a 3rd Saturday in Cheney.

The medal windfall propelled the Wolf boys to a 7th place finish in the team standings, while the CHS girls were 27th.

Rainier and St. George’s claimed boys and girls team titles, respectively, topping a field of 38 schools.

Logan Martin lets loose. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Saturday was all about the big finishes, with Logan Martin (discus), Ryanne Knoblich (high jump), and the boys 4 x 100 relay team earning runner-up status.

Aidan Wilson, who ran a leg on that relay, also finished 3rd in the 800 after a first place showing in Friday’s prelims.

The speedy junior was joined by Caleb Meyer, Dominic Coffman, and Reiley Araceley on the 4 x 1 squad, which was nipped 45.04 seconds to 45.11 by Kittitas.

Relay speed demons (l to r) Dominic Coffman, Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, and Aidan Wilson show off their new bling. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

Coupeville actually had four 2nd place finishes, with Martin opening things with a bang Friday in the shot put.

After going two springs without a state meet, thanks to the pandemic, the Wolves sent 16 athletes to Cheney this time around, with six medaling.

They join an exclusive club, as CHS now has 77 track and field medalists in its history, with that group combining to earn 187 medals all-time.

Coupeville, which lost longtime coach Randy King to retirement before this season, was led by the super-powered combo of Bob Martin and Elizabeth Bitting, and the duo are set up for continued success.

Only three of the 16 Wolves at state are seniors — Martin, Meyer, and Ja’Kenya Hoskins — with seven juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen rounding out the Cheney crew.

“I am beyond happy and proud of this team!” Bitting said. “Their story isn’t finished yet! You should hear them talking about next season!

“What an absolutely wonderful journey this season has been,” she added.

“Here’s already looking forward to next season!”

Carolyn Lhamon (center) hangs out with mom and big sis Catherine, also a state meet veteran. (Photo courtesy Helene Lhamon)

 

Complete Saturday results:

 

GIRLS:

Shot Put — Carolyn Lhamon (16th) 29-02.50

High Jump — Ryanne Knoblich (2nd) 5-00

Long Jump — Knoblich (11th) 14-07

 

BOYS:

800 — Aidan Wilson (3rd) 2:01.35 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay — Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (2nd) 45.15

Discus — Logan Martin (2nd) 153-07

Legendary Wolf senior Ja’Kenya Hoskins (far left) and her young proteges — Lyla Stuurmans, Knoblich, and Ayden Wyman. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

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After strong performances Friday, Aidan Wilson is guaranteed to win two state meet medals at the 2B championships. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ayden Wyman (left) and Lyla Stuurmans made it to the big dance as just freshmen.

Cheney is once more the promised land.

After the pandemic shut things down for two springs, the state track and field championships returned to Eastern Washington University, and Coupeville High School athletes are back to setting PR’s and winning medals.

Friday was a mix of finals and prelims for 2B schools, with the Wolves shining in both.

Senior Logan Martin earned Coupeville’s first medal, finishing 2nd in the shot put, trailing only Rainier standout Jeremiah Nubbe, who shattered the meet record.

Martin joins a select group, becoming the 72nd CHS track athlete all-time to win a state meet medal, and the second in his family.

Older brother Dalton earned four as a thrower — but also didn’t lose two seasons to Covid — and Logan gets a crack at a second medal Saturday in the discus throw.

Coupeville has six finals Saturday and is guaranteed to medal in at least two events — the boys 800 and 4 x 100 relay.

Wolf junior Aidan Wilson punched his ticket to the 800 final by running the fastest time of the day among 12 runners in Friday’s prelims.

If he repeats that feat Saturday, he will become the 10th state champion in school history.

Wilson will be busy, as he is also slated to run a leg in the 4 x 1, joining senior Caleb Meyer, and juniors Reiley Araceley and Dominic Coffman.

That unit finished 3rd in the prelims, despite running in ferocious rain.

“Of course, as soon as the boys team hit the track … DOWNPOUR!!,” said CHS coach Elizabeth Bitting.

“My first thought and accurate thought was, ‘Oh COUPEVILLE must be running!’ Mother Nature hates us!” she added with a big laugh.

But the Wolves, and not the weather, spoke loudest, guaranteeing Meyer, Araceley, Wilson, and Coffman will join Martin as medalists.

Saturday’s other finals feature junior Carolyn Lhamon in the shot put, Martin in the discus, and junior Ryanne Knoblich pulling double duty in the long jump and high jump.

While running events feature prelims and finals, all field events are finals, with the full field (12 boys and 16 girls this year) competing for eight medals.

Friday was a busy day for all the Wolves, with freshman Lyla Stuurmans missing out on advancing to the 400 finals by only a hair, and Ja’Kenya Hoskins wrapping up her stellar career.

The Wolf senior, who won a 3rd place medal as a relay runner her freshman season, came back around to compete in three different events in her second crack at state.

Hoskins ran in the 200, 4 x 1, and 4 x 2 Friday.

As the Wolves headed back to the hotel, with one day down and one to go at the big dance, Coupeville’s coaches were thrilled with the performances of their athletes.

“Great day today!!!,” Bitting said. “All ran, jumped and threw great! They all shined brightly!! Left it ALL on the field!

“This is state, baby!!!!”

 

Complete Friday results:

 

GIRLS:

200 (Prelims) — Ja’Kenya Hoskins (14th) 29.09

400 (Prelims) — Lyla Stuurmans (9th) 1:06.12

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Ava Mitten, Issabel Johnson, Carolyn Lhamon, Hoskins (11th) 56.15

4 x 200 Relay (Prelims) — Ayden Wyman, Stuurmans, Ryanne Knoblich, Hoskins (10th) 1:59.60

 

BOYS:

800 (Prelims) — Aidan Wilson (1st) 2:03.70 *PR*

4 x 100 Relay (Prelims) — Reiley Araceley, Caleb Meyer, Wilson, Dominic Coffman (3rd) 45.20

Shot Put (Finals) — Logan Martin (2nd) 46-02

High Jump (Finals) — Coffman (10th) 5-08

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Lyla Stuurmans is off to Cheney for the state track and field championships. (Photo courtesy Sarah Stuurmans)

They’re off!

The Coupeville High School track and field team sent 16 athletes and a couple of coaches towards Cheney, and the 2B state track meet, Thursday morning.

It’s the first state championships since 2019, with the pandemic having taken a bite out of a whole lot of prep sports careers.

There are a handful of events Thursday at Eastern Washington University, but Coupeville’s athletes are only scheduled to compete Friday and Saturday.

Before they left town, the Wolves were hailed by their classmates, teachers, parents, and various hangers-on as they boarded the bus.

The photos above and below, capturing some of the farewell, come to us courtesy a bevy of CHS parents, all nice enough to let me poach their pics.

 

PS — And a big shoutout to Ashley’s Design owner Eric Peterson, who went above and beyond in the final moments to make sure the Wolves would have specially crafted state t-shirts.

“His customer service is unbelievable,” said Wolf mom Sarah Stuurmans.

“He does everything he can to help coaches and athletes get the things they need as quickly as possible.”

Nick Guay smiles for his dad. (Dylan Guay photo)

Always time for a photo op. (Kim Robinett photo)

Giddy with excitement. (Photos courtesy Mariah Madsen)

It’s a race to Eastern Washington, car vs. bus. (Photos courtesy Mariah Madsen)

Wolves (l to r) Mikey Robinett, Issabel Johnson, and Aidan Wilson are ready to hit the road. (Kim Robinett photo)

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