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Nick Wasik ran 134.8 miles this summer, most of any Coupeville cross country harrier. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They blazed their own trail.

Even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Coupeville High School and Middle School cross country runners piled up the mileage this summer.

Under the watchful eye (from a distance) of CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting, the Wolves racked up 891.96 miles on local trails.

Along the way, there were a series of virtual summer fun runs, with the fleet-footed Ayden Wyman and Hank Milnes leading the way.

“Thank you to all who participated in any or all of the virtual races!,” Bitting said. “Some were easier than others, but I hope you all enjoyed navigating them first virtually, then on foot.

“Congratulations to Hank and Ayden! You ran the miles, conquered the races and came out as our top racers!!!

“The both of you will be receiving a tennis shoe keychain as a remembrance of the races you ran. Nice job!!!”

Bitting also doled out Kapaw’s Ice Cream gift certificates to the Wolf runners who racked up the most mileage, honoring the top three at both the middle school and high school levels.


Summer mileage totals:

High School:

Hank Milnes – 100.5 miles
Alex Wasik – 86.0
Tate Wyman – 75.7
Reiley Araceley – 61.1
Helen Strelow – 50.5
Cristina McGrath – 22.5
Erica McGrath – 12.5
Catherine Lhamon – 11.5
James Hall – 9.3
Skylar Parker – 8.1
Josh Guay – 2.6


Middle School:

Nick Wasik – 134.8 miles
Ayden Wyman – 82.8
Lillian Stanwood – 59.9
Thomas Strelow – 52.5
Jack Porter – 44.48
Johnny Porter – 41.98
Jack Ferrell – 21.8
Brynn Parker – 8.1
Cody Badger – 4.0
Dian Amago – 3.1
Teagan Calkins – 3.1
Sophia Mayne – 3.0
Reilly White – 2.1

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The Porter boys (and their mini coach) get a summer cross country workout. (Photos courtesy Elizabeth Bitting)

Another week in the books, another chunk of mileage on the odometer.

Coupeville cross country guru Elizabeth Bitting has been tracking the work put in by Wolf harriers this summer, and the numbers continue to soar along with the heat.

In the latest count, 11 CHS/CMS runners piled up 94.19 miles over the past seven days, pushing Coupeville’s summer total to 694.7 miles.

Next up for the Wolves is their third virtual race of the off-season, the “Don’t Get Lost in the Kettles Run.”

Runners will have a week to run and record their best times on the crisp 2.89-mile jaunt, with results to be posted here on Coupeville Sports next Sunday.

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Wolf runners use their summer time wisely. (Photos courtesy Elizabeth Bitting)

It was a busy week for Coupeville cross country.

Continuing to put in off-season work, runners from the middle school and high school combined to rack up 112 miles, pushing their summer total to 600.6 miles.

But it wasn’t all grit ‘n grind, as the Wolves also participated in their second virtual race.

The Rhodie Roadie Run, set up by CMS cross country guru Elizabeth Bitting, was a 1.98-mile affair.



High School:

Hank Milnes (1st) 12:35
Alex Wasik (2nd) 13:02
Reiley Araceley (3rd) 13:53
Tate Wyman (4th) 14:20
Helen Strelow (5th) 15:26


Middle School:

Jack Porter (1st) 12:24
Thomas Strelow (2nd) 14:05
Nik Wasik (3rd) 14:16
Ayden Wyman (4th) 15:45
Johnny Porter (5th) 16:40


The Wolves have two more virtual races set for this summer, but will take next week off, focusing on just putting in some mileage at their own pace.

Bitting has set up two runs for her proteges, a 3.4-mile jaunt and a 5.5+-mile workout.

Regardless of which run each Wolf chooses, their coach also wants them to include some “fartleks” in at least one of their workouts.

“The most fun of all run names, “fartleks” — the Swedish term for “speed play” — are similar to intervals in that they vary between intense and moderate effort, but they do so in an unstructured manner,” Bitting said.

“Essentially, you run hard for a time or distance that seems appropriate, follow this spurt by a short recovery.

“Fartlek runs are great for simulating races, because they force you to increase your speed unexpectedly, as you do when passing an opponent.

“They train your body to recruit more muscle fibers even when you are tired.”

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Coupeville harriers hit the trails for summer cross country workouts. (Photos courtesy Elizabeth Bitting)

The temperatures are soaring, and so are the mileage stats.

With summer finally hitting the Northwest, Coupeville cross country runners are taking advantage of the nice weather to get out on local trails and put in some miles.

CMS harrier coach Elizabeth Bitting is charting workouts for both high school and middle school runners, and the week just ended turned out to be the best of the season.

There were 14 Wolves checking in with mileage totals, and the group racked up 116.6 miles, the top total of the summer.

Overall, CHS and CMS runners have compiled 488.6 miles on the trails, roads, and byways since summer workouts began.

With a new week ahead of them, the Wolves get a chance to compete in their second virtual race of the summer, and this one will be known as the Rhodie Roadie Run.

High school runners are supposed to complete the two-mile course twice, with middle school harriers doing the loop once.

The Wolves can submit their results anytime by Saturday, July 25, and the results will be posted here on Coupeville Sports next Sunday.

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Wolf cross country runners put in summer work. (Photos courtesy Elizabeth Bitting)

Cross country endures in the age of COVID-19.

As things are currently shaping up, runners may be the only prep athletes allowed to compete this fall.

But, September’s still a long way off, and much can change.

Either way, neither the coronavirus or Whidbey’s spotty summer weather have slowed down the harriers.

While Coupeville High School looks for a new cross country coach, CMS running guru Elizabeth Bitting is keeping Wolf runners of every age busy flying across the prairie.

In week two of summer work, which just ended, Coupeville had eight runners submit mileage reports, with the group ringing up 86.6 miles.

That gives the Wolves a combined total of 201.4 miles so far.

Things get a new twist starting this week, as Bitting and Co. launch a virtual four-race series.

The Wolf coach sends out a set route to her runners, who then compete on their own and submit their times.

The deadline for race one is Saturday, July 11, with the results announced the next day.

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