Posts Tagged ‘track and field’

   Coupeville’s Chris Battaglia gets medieval on the shot put during Thursday’s Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hannah Davidson lines up her throw.

Working between two rivals, Wolf speed demon Jacob Smith fires up the jets.

   Freshman Kylie Chernikoff makes her high school track and field debut a successful one.

   Thane Peterson contemplates the state of the universe before flinging his discus into the great unknown.

A day after her birthday Lindsey Roberts gets airborne in the hurdles.

The shoes were tightly tied, the shot puts were flying and the cameras were clicking.

Thursday brought the start of a new high school track and field season, and the presence of all three Whidbey Island schools in one location was enough to draw John Fisken out of hiding.

The camera bug hit the Island Jamboree in Oak Harbor, and the Coupeville-heavy pics seen above are courtesy him.

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   Coupeville junior Danny Conlisk (left) hangs out with Wolf legend Kyle King. (Dawnelle Conlisk photo)

It was the “home meet” before the home meet.

While Coupeville High School will host a real, honest-to-goodness track meet at its facility Mar. 28, the Wolves tested out timing equipment and such Friday during a practice meet.

While most of the races featured CHS athletes competing against each other, there was one ringer in the bunch.

Former Wolf supernova Kyle King, a man who won five state track and field titles during his heyday, was there to help out dad Randy, the CHS coach.

The younger King, who went on to run at Eastern Washington University and the University of Oklahoma after his high school days, went toe-to-toe with current Wolves like Danny Conlisk, passing on knowledge and encourgement.

Then he went out and beat them in a race, just to make sure they still knew who the Alpha Wolf was.

Having a rare opportunity to work with one of the most accomplished athletes in school history was a major score for the current generation of track stars.

“So thankful,” said Wolf mom Dawnelle Conlisk. “Danny walked away with priceless knowledge.”

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   After two top-four finishes at state in the 200, Wolf senior Jacob Smith has his eyes on a state title. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Juniors Ashlie Shank (left) and Lindsey Roberts are back to tear up the track.

Depth, experience and talent.

The Coupeville High School track team boasts all of that, a strong coaching staff and improved facilities which now include new covered stands, announcing booth and dedicated track storage building.

All of that brings a huge smile to the face of longtime Wolf head coach Randy King, who is partially new himself, after successful hip replacement surgery.

The oval guru will call on returning assistant coaches Bob Martin (throwers, high jumpers), Chad Felgar (sprinters, hurdlers, long jumpers), Neil Rixe (distance runners), Jordan Ford (vaulters) and Lincoln Kelley (javelin) to help with his 40+ athlete roster.

Also joining the crew is Sylvia Hurlburt, a state meet veteran whose name appears several times on the CHS track record board.

The former Wolf star has come home to work with the sprinters and relay teams.

“Our team is really fortunate to have all this help and I really appreciate them,” King said.

Headlining the Coupeville roster are a host of athletes who made the long trek to Cheney last season.

Junior Lindsey Roberts, who has racked up four state meet medals in her first two seasons, leads the returning Wolves.

A school record holder in three events (100 hurdles plus both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays), she is chasing history.

Only three Wolf girls (Makana Stone with seven, Natasha Bamberger with six and Yashmeen Knox with five) have won more state meet medals than Roberts.

Her counterpart on the male side of the roster is senior Jacob Smith, whose school-record mark in the 200 has him ranked #1 among all returning 1A runners in the state.

After finishing fourth at state during his sophomore campaign, Smith claimed third last year.

As he chases a state title in the 200, the speed demon, who also went to state in the 100 and the 4 x 400, will add the 400 to his to-do list this season.

Maya Toomey-Stout, who became the first Wolf girl in school history to compete in four different events at one state meet (100, 200, 4 x 1, 4 x 2) is back for her sophomore season.

This time around, “The Gazelle” is joined by both of her brothers, senior Cameron and sophomore Sean.

Other state meet vets include junior Danny Conlisk (400, 800, 4 x 4), seniors Lauren Bayne (high jump), Henry Wynn (4 x 4) and Ariah Bepler (high jump) and sophomore Mallory Kortuem (4 x 1, 4 x 2).

Beyond the Wolves who competed at Cheney last year, the squad boasts considerable depth.

Some key returnees include seniors Mckenzie Meyer, Abby Parker and Allison Wenzel, juniors Emma Smith, Chris Battaglia, Ashlie Shank and Jakobi Baumann and sophomores Raven Vick and Lucy Sandahl.

Meyer set a school record in the pole vault last year.

Two promising newcomers are sophomores Zoe Trujillo, who hops over from tennis, and Chris Ruck, who transferred from La Salle.

As the Wolves make their final run through the Olympic League and District 3 — next year they jump to District 1 and the new North Sound Conference — King would like to see his charges make a solid exit.

“As far as team goals are concerned, we aren’t asking too much from our athletes this season,” he said with a smile and wink. “Just to run faster, jump better, and throw farther than they ever have before!

“Together with some work, and attention to technique, we can do this,” King added. “It is really going to be exciting to see what this group accomplishes this season.”

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   Oak Harbor grad Adrianna Royal is in her second season as a cross country and track coach at Southern Oregon University. (Dena Royal photo)

   Tyler King, who has the most state track meet medals in Coupeville High school history, has joined the coaching staff at Seattle University. (Photo property of SU Track and Field)

Two of the best runners to spring from Whidbey Island, Tyler King and Adrianna Royal, have finished their days as college standouts.

But that doesn’t mean they’ve left the track and trails too far behind.

King, who won three state titles for Coupeville High School, two in track (1600 and 3200) and one in cross country, finished his prep career with 11 state meet medals, the most in school history.

That attracted the interest of the University of Washington, where he went on to become an NCAA All-American while competing in both sports for the Huskies.

King was the captain of the 2016 U-Dub harriers, who placed 8th at the national meet, and graduated in 2016.

These days, he’s an assistant coach in both sports for Seattle University, having joined the staff of first-year Redhawk coach Kelly Sullivan.

While it might be his debut at SU, the head coach has a distinguished career, giving King an opportunity to learn from a legend.

A longtime track and cross country coach at Oregon State, after stints at Willamette and Auburn, Sullivan owns 24 Coach of the Year awards.

Royal, who competed for Oak Harbor High School and Sacramento State, has a prominent place on the list of “Wolves who could have been.”

After running in Coupeville during her early days, she took her sterling skills off to the bright lights of Oak Town, where she went to state in the 800 and 1600.

Steeplechase was Royal’s prime sport, however, and she twice placed second in the nation at the Junior Olympics.

When college swung around, she joined premier programs at Sacramento State, where she was a vital part of four straight Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field titles.

Royal graduated in 2016 holding the seventh-best 3,000 meter steeplechase time in school history.

As a coach, she’s a year ahead of King, having accepted a position at Southern Oregon University last year, where she’s an assistant distance running and steeplechase coach.

In Royal’s first year, the Raiders men’s cross country squad won the NAIA title. During track season, four of her distance runners hit All-American times, while one captured a title at 5,000 meters.

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Henry Wynn heads into his senior year. (Photos courtesy Jennifer Wynn)

Wynn hangs out with CHS track coach Randy King.

Henry Wynn is a bit of a trailblazer.

Already a track star at Coupeville High School, he joined Danny Conlisk last year in making the trek to the South end of the Island to also pursue a cross country career.

While CHS has a proud history in the sport, it’s not a current one, as the school doesn’t field its own program — though rumors abound that one might resurface in 2018.

That won’t help Wynn, who starts his senior year this fall.

So, he’ll spend another season training and traveling with South Whidbey, then competing as a Wolf alongside Conlisk, a junior, and younger brother Sam Wynn, a freshman.

During his junior cross country season, Henry Wynn competed in six races, setting a PR during the Olympic League Championships and finishing 26th at districts.

When the spring rolled around, he was right back at it on the track oval, where the highlight was a second-straight trip to state in the 4 x 400.

Wynn, who also skies and plays badminton and soccer, lives for the life of a runner.

“Track (is my favorite), because it’s a challenge for each individual,” he said. “I just enjoy playing.”

He hails his “determination” as his biggest strength while competing, and would like to focus on achieving “more consistency in training.”

“I hope to do really well in both cross country and track, without any injuries,” Wynn said. “I hope be on a track team in college.”

When he’s not training or competing, he keeps busy with a wide range of interests, from sailing to “art, classical music and reading.”

Wynn excels in the classroom (“biology is my favorite subject”) and participates in Big Brothers, Big Sisters to give back to his community.

While running is largely a solitary pursuit, he has a large support crew which he greatly appreciates.

“All my coaches have helped me and my parents. Also, what I’ve learned at my summer track camps has made a big impact on my training.”

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