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Spring sports preview: Coupeville track
The Coupeville High School boys track team placed sixth in the state 1A meet last year and returns enough talent this season to improve upon that mark.
The Coupeville girls team should improve this season as well with 10 more girls turning out and the return of Kyra Ilyankoff.
All of the boys who scored points at the state meet in 2010 are back, led by seniors Tyler King and Hunter Hammer.
King is the defending 1,600 and 3,200 state champion and finished second in the 800. He holds the CHS record in the 800 and 1,600.
King also ran on the 14th-place 4x400 relay team at state with seniors Chase Bates and Will Hoskins and junior Mitch Pelroy.
Hammer set a school record in the shot put last season and went on to take eighth at state.
The girls return four letter winners: senior Ilyankoff and sophomores Anna Bailey, Jai’lysa Hoskins and Nicole Becker.
Ilyankoff placed third in the state javelin as a sophomore but missed last season with an injury. Coach Randy King said Ilyankoff is a “likely state qualifier” in the shot put this year as well.
Coach King said, “We have a much stronger girls team; hopefully, we can improve our relay times with a pretty large group of sprinters. Our distance group was non-existent last year so it’s fun to have a group to work with this season.”
He added, “On the boys side, our newcomers get to train with five boys that have state championship experience. Our guys know what’s needed to perform at a high level and they share this and help others, not only with words but make great models of how to work at being a champion.”
The Wolves begin the season at the Island Jamboree at South Whidbey High School Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m.