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Helen Strelow (365) and Cristina McGrath pound the trail Saturday at a 40-team cross country meet in Langley. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Wolf boys attack as a group. (Jackie Saia photo)

Catherine Lhamon had Coupeville’s best finish on the day. (Saia photo)

Aidan Wilson matches a rival step for step. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Alana Mihill (left) and Claire Mayne cruise home. (Photo by Mr. Anonymous)

Runners as far as the eye can see.

Or at least pretty close.

The revived Coupeville High School cross country program invaded the 41st Carl Westling Invitational in South Whidbey Saturday, one of 40 teams to make the trek.

The Wolf harriers, in their second season of bringing the school’s program back to life, sent 15 runners to the line, with a complete scoring team in both the girls and boys varsity races.

Coupeville’s runners and their (many, many) compatriots covered 5,000 meters in Langley, while competing in both varsity and JV races.


Complete CHS results:

GIRLS (varsity):

Catherine Lhamon (54th) 24:11.50
Alana Mihill (55th) 24:20.56
Claire Mayne (56th) 24:20.88
Helen Strelow (73rd) 25:57.86
Cristina McGrath (88th) 29:13.00

BOYS (varsity):

Mitchell Hall (101st) 19:53.56
Aidan Wilson (123rd) 20:38.59
Sam Wynn (136th) 21:26.80
Reiley Araceley (139th) 22:07.60
Cameron Epp (140th) 22:10.85
Tate Wyman (143rd) 22:50.00
Chris Ruck (146th) 23:30.00


Alexander Wasik (98th) 23:04.91
Aiden Anderson (156th) 24:37.58
Eli Kastner (178th) 25:16.68

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Aleksia Jump guns it while running Saturday at a cross country meet in Langley. (Morgan White photo)

Cole White (left) and Hank Milnes set a pace for each other. (Jackie Saia photo)

Brynn Parker heads into the woods. (Jackie Saia photo)

Eyes on the prize (or eyes on the paparazzi). (Morgan White photo)

Three Wolf boys claimed medals Saturday – Landon Roberts, Hank Milnes, and Cole White. (Morgan White photo)

They’re off.

The middle school cross country season officially opened for Coupeville Saturday, as Wolf coach Elizabeth Bitting took 16 runners down to Langley for the 41st Carl Westling Invitational.

The Wolves, who ran 1.7 miles, placed four runners in the top 20, with Hank Milnes busting into the top 10 with a 9th place finish.

For the first time, middle school races now include 6th grade runners along with 7th and 8th graders, as state officials approved the move for track and cross country.

While she didn’t have her full team, as a few athletes haven’t put in enough practices, and illness is creeping in to the school system, Bitting came away pleased with the first performance.

“With a handful of up and comers, the boys side is setting itself up real well for longevity in cross country for years to come,” she said. “On the girls side the depth will come, and they are setting themselves up for a solid team.

“All were happy with their performance today; I was ecstatic!,” Bitting added. “They performed beautifully! It was an awesome morning for some great running!!”


Complete CMS results:


Erica McGrath (19th) 13:51.71
Teagan Calkins (22nd) 14:17.02
Edie Bittner (26th) 15:01.70
Aleksia Jump (33rd) 15:50.19
Brynn Parker (38th) 16:48.10
Aubrey Blitch (39th) 17:02.52


Hank Milnes (9th) 10:58.55
Cole White (13th) 11:01.84
Landon Roberts (14th) 11:02.71
George Spear (32nd) 12:06.96
Hayden Harry (43rd) 12:58.31
Malichi Somes (48th) 13:24.98
Jack Porter (52nd) 13:55.91
Johnny Porter (54th) 14:16.15
Thomas Strelow (56th) 14:26.10
Gabe Reed (67th) 19:00.20

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CHS sophomore Sam Wynn was part of a pack of Wolves who ran Saturday at the Carl Westling Invitational in Langley. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Middle School runners Cole White, Carolyn Lhamon (center) and Claire Mayne nabbed medals for a top 15 finish. (Elizabeth Bitting photo)

The cross country revival is operating at full force.

Coupeville relaunched its program this fall after a two-decade absence, and Saturday marked the first time both the high school and middle school teams competed together.

The place to be was Langley, where the 40th annual Carl Westling Invitational attracted hundreds of harriers.

While the Wolf high school runners were competing in their third meet, it was the debut for their younger counterparts.

And it went off very well, as three CMS runners — Carolyn Lhamon, Cole White and Claire Mayne — brought home medals for placing in the top 15 finishers.

“OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS SO FUN!!!!!,” said slightly-excited CMS coach Elizabeth Bitting. “They all did amazing!!! Great attitudes!! I am SO PROUD of each of them!

“They ran so strong, all finished hard, this is one happy, super impressed, super proud coach!!!!!! They are all truly amazing!”


Complete Saturday results:


High School – GIRLS (5000 meters):

Catherine Lhamon (35th) 23:01.57
Alana Mihill (70th) 25:10.71


High School – BOYS (5000 meters):

Danny Conlisk (75th) 19:18.45
Sam Wynn (107th) 20:21.86
Uriah Kastner (134th) 25:07.79
Kyle Burnett (135th) 25:08.54
Chris Ruck (137th) 25:39.46


Middle School – GIRLS (1.7 miles):

Carolyn Lhamon (12th) 13:26.18
Claire Mayne (13th) 13:26.74
Helen Strelow (22nd) 14:40.13
Cristina McGrath (24th) 15:12.42
Erica McGrath (25th) 15:18.73
Allison Nastali (30th) 16:08.33
Samantha McMahan (31st) 16:10.62


Middle School – BOYS (1.7 miles):

Cole White (8th) 11:48.02
Tate Wyman (25th) 12:52.92
Aiden Anderson (28th) 13:02.76
Hayden Harry (41st) 14:24.36
Andrew Williams (42nd) 14:25.86

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   Coupeville track coach Randy King surveys the scene Saturday at the 39th Carl Westling Invitational in Langley. (Jennifer Wynn photos)

CHS runners/brothers Sam (left) and Henry Wynn hang out.

Henry Wynn is a closer.

Running in muggy weather down in Langley Saturday, the Coupeville High School senior harrier went deep and found a little something extra at the end of his race.

Wynn went to sprint mode in the final 100 meters of a 5,000 meter cross country race at the 39th annual Carl Westling Invitational, passing several runners down the backstretch.

He finished in 19 minutes, 23 seconds, with the strong surge pushing him to a 47th place finish out of 114 runners.

Running by himself — one teammate, Danny Conlisk, was out sick, while another, Sam Wynn, needs another practice to be eligible — Henry Wynn carried Coupeville’s colors in a race which attracted runners from 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A schools.

As the Wolves wait for their school to restart its own cross country program, they train and travel with South Whidbey High School runners and coaches.

Up next for the CHS trio is a trip to Lake Sammamish State Park Saturday, Sept. 23 for the Bellevue Cross Country Invitational.

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Danny Conlisk motors for home at his first high school cross country race. (John Fisken photos)

   Danny Conlisk motors for home at his first high school cross country race. (John Fisken photos)

Henry Wynn

Wolf junior Henry Wynn (783) runs with the pack.


Coupeville’s dynamic duo.

Cross country is back.

While Coupeville High School doesn’t have its own team, two Wolves have picked up the mantle on their own, with hopes of reviving memories of when CHS harriers Tyler King and Natasha Bamberger won state titles.

Wolf sophomore Danny Conlisk and junior Henry Wynn are training and traveling with South Whidbey, though competing under their own banner.

Saturday brought them their first taste of competition, as the duo ran through the rain in Langley at the 34th annual Carl Westling Cross Country Invitational.

Competing in a field of 97 varsity runners from 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B schools, Wynn finished 70th in 20 minutes, 18 seconds, while Conlisk was one slot off his pace in 20:20.

Cooper Arons of Overlake won the race in 17:12.87.

The 5000 meter (3.1 miles) race covered a mix of forest trail, grass, gravel and track.

36 teams showed up for the event, with runners divided into four races — JV over 22 minutes, JV under 22 minutes, small school varsity and big school (3A/4A) varsity.

South Whidbey has four other meets left on its regular season schedule, and then Conlisk and Wynn will split with the Falcons once the postseason begins.

The Wolf duo will begin their possibly journey to state with an appearance at the Olympic League Championships Oct. 20.


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