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Fab frosh Noelle Western is going to the state cross country meet, and her teammates are coming with her. (Kerry Western photo)

Party like it’s 1982!

That year, British new wave kings Duran Duran released Hungry Like the Wolf, which went on to win the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

Meanwhile, the Coupeville High School girls cross country team claimed 4th place at the state meet, the best finish in school history for a harrier squad.

Now, 40 years later, a new group of award-hungry Wolves has arrived to stake their own claim to greatness.

Running as a pack Thursday, the Coupeville girls finished 3rd at the Tri-District meet at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, punching their ticket as a team to the state meet.

That race goes down Saturday, Nov. 5 in Pasco, where CHS boys Mitchell Hall and Carson Field will join their female compatriots, having qualified as individuals.

The top three teams, and best 21 runners in each race advanced.

It’s the second trip to state for Hall, Claire Mayne, and Helen Strelow, as all three qualified as individuals last season.

Field, Noelle Western, Cristina McGrath, Reagan Callahan, and Erica McGrath will be making their state meet debuts.

“Very excited for all of them,” said CHS coach Paige Spangler. “They’ve worked so hard this season!!!”

Coupeville senior Helen Strelow is a two-time state meet qualifier. (Jackie Saia photo)

Getting an entire team through to Pasco marks a major milestone as Coupeville nears the end of year five of the rebirth of its cross country program.

The Wolf boys finished 5th in the team standings at both the 1976 and 1977 state meets, while the CHS girls were 8th in 1981 and 4th in 1982.

Add in individual state titles for Natasha Bamberger (1985) and Tyler King (2010), and the Wolf program has a proud history.

But it also went into hibernation in the ’90s — King won his title as a solo artist training and traveling with Oak Harbor — and stayed dormant until being relaunched in 2018.

Bamberger, Luke Samford, and Elizabeth Bitting each coached a season, while Spangler is in her second, and final year, as she and her husband are moving to the East coast in December.

Under their combined tutelage, Danny Conlisk and Catherine Lhamon made it to state as individuals, then the three-pack last year, and now they’ll cram the van for the trip.

The Wolf girls qualified by notching 104 points Thursday, holding off Mount Vernon Christian (114) and Bellevue-based Summit Classical Christian (116).

Pope John Paul II, which hails from Lacey, was a clear front-runner with just 15 points, with Tacoma’s Covenant (90) claiming second among the seven schools which fielded a full girls team.

On the boys side, it was PJP-II (19), MVC (84), and Covenant (87) qualifying as teams, with Orcas Island (100) and Coupeville (106) just missing out.

Hall had the best performance of any Wolf, finishing 3rd in his race, with Catelin King of PJP-II and Asher Ingram of Northwest Christian (Lacey) earning individual titles on the 5,000-meter course.

Carson Field is state bound for the first time. (Jackie Saia photo)


Thursday’s results:


Claire Mayne (15th) 23:22.7
Noelle Western (18th) 23:37.9
Helen Strelow (22nd) 24:10.1
Cristina McGrath (29th) 25:07.4
Reagan Callahan (40th) 27:33.0
Erica McGrath (42nd) 27:37.2



Mitchell Hall (3rd) 17:49.2
Carson Field 
(16th) 19:11.4
Landon Roberts 
(27th) 20:24.4
Tate Wyman
(41st) 21:48.8
Preston Howard (42nd) 21:50.1
George Spear (43rd) 21:50.7
Easton Green (50th) 22:28.8


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Coupeville junior cross country runner Mitchell Hall is off to the state meet. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

He’ll be joined in Pasco by Helen Strelow.

As well as Claire Mayne. (Morgan White photo)

Cue up the Madonna and Duran Duran playlist. We’re going back to the ’80s!

After a strong performance Thursday at Tri-Districts, the Coupeville High School cross country squad is sending three runners to state, the most since the “Greed is Good” decade.

Helen Strelow, Claire Mayne, and Mitchell Hall all earned their first invites to the big dance, while the Wolf girls missed qualifying as a team by a single point.

Pope John Paul II, a private school from Lacey, won both the girls and boys team titles, with the JP2 girls finishing 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 in the race.

Mount Vernon Christian’s boys and Covenant’s girls claimed second-place, in a meet where the top two teams and top 14 individual runners advanced to state.

Both Coupeville teams finished third, though the Wolf boys were well off MVC at 53-90.

The CHS girls, however, came within 62-63 of Covenant, which hails from Tacoma.

There were runners representing 12 schools Thursday at Ft. Steilacoom.

Two of those schools — Auburn Adventist Academy and Northwest Yeshiva — had their results listed as “exhibition,” however.

Neither school can run at the state meet, since it’s held Saturday, Nov. 6 in Pasco, and religious restrictions prevent athletes at both schools from competing on weekend days.

For Coupeville, sending three runners to state in the same year is a major milestone in year four of the program’s rebirth.

The Wolves sent entire teams to state in the ’80s, when Natasha Bamberger won an individual title.

But the school’s program shut down in the ’90s and stayed dormant for two decades.

During the sabbatical, Tyler King joined Bamberger as an individual state champ, while training and traveling with Oak Harbor, but competing as a one-man Coupeville wrecking crew.

Cross country returned to CHS in 2018, and, since then, the now-graduated Danny Conlisk and Catherine Lhamon both made it to state, but in different years.

Strelow — who won the Northwest 2B/1B League individual title last week — Mayne, and Hall are all juniors.

The other nine Wolves to run for coach Paige Spangler at Tri-Districts included four freshmen, three sophomores, and two other juniors.


Complete Thursday results (5,000 meters):



Helen Strelow (12th) 24:44.4
Claire Mayne (13th) 24:55.1
Cristina McGrath (16th) 26:18.3
Bryley Gilbert (17th) 26:24.6
Erica McGrath (23rd) 30:55.0



Mitchell Hall (12th) 19:15.8
Cole White (15th) 19:24.7
Carson Field (22nd) 20:20.5
Thomas Strelow (24th) 20:29.5
Landon Roberts (25th) 20:34.6
Hank Milnes (31st) 21:29.3
Tate Wyman (39th) 22:47.0

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Makana Stone, bustin' school records with every stride. (JF)

Makana Stone, one great race away from returning to the state meet for a second straight year. (John Fisken photos)

Skyler Lawrence had a strong freshman season in all here throwing the discus earlier in the season

Skyler Lawrence made an impact all season, no matter what she was throwing.

Makana Stone is in it to win it.

Pulling back slightly Thursday during the prelims at Tri-Districts, the speedy Coupeville High School sophomore still qualified for Saturday’s finals in both the 200 and 400.

Her performance at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline was the highlight of the day, as the Wolves ran into top-level competition.

While she didn’t advance to the finals, CHS junior Marisa Etzell did set a PR in the 400.

Freshman Skyler Lawrence was the only Wolf to compete in a final Thursday, finishing 13th in the shot put in her first appearance at Tri-Districts.

Complete Day 1 results:


100 — Sylvia Hurlburt (11th) 13.54

200 — Makana Stone (4th) 27.06; Hurlburt (12th) 28.03

400 — Stone (3rd) 59.48; Marisa Etzell (11th) 1:04.35

4 x 100 Relay — Hurlburt, Lauren Grove, Ashlyn Miller, Etzell (10th) 58.27

4 x 200 Relay — Hurlburt, Stone, Grove, Etzell (9th) 1:49.36

Shot Put — Skyler Lawrence (13th) 28-08


400 — Jared Helmstadter (12th) 55.61

4 x 100 Relay — Lathom Kelley, Brandon Kelley, Sebastian Davis, Helmstadter (9th) 46.42

4 x 400 Relay — L. Kelley, B. Kelley, Davis, Helmstadter (12th) 3:47.24

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