Spring Sports Preview: Track attracts Coupeville athletes

Third-year head track coach Randy King said he has between 35 and 40 athletes on the Coupeville High School boys and girls track teams.

“We have a pretty good sized team with a lot of competitive people,” he said.

Distance events for both the boys and girls are the Wolves’ strong suit.

Senior Kyle King is the two-time defending state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 events and is joined by his freshman brother, Tyler. Both Kyle and Tyler competed in cross country for Oak Harbor and went to the state championship meet.

On the girls side, junior distance runner Madeline Isaacson returns, and is joined by freshmen Adrianna Royal and Rachel Weinstein.

“All three girls are quite talented and Royal ran cross country for Oak Harbor last year,” King said. “We have a strong distance corps this season.”

Sprinter Steven McDonald returns. King said the senior speedster is expected to be a 400-meter specialist this year in addition to running in the relay events, and senior javelin thrower Brian Miller is also returning.

“Miller holds the school record in the event,” King said.

Senior Sarah Vass returns to run the 100 and 300 hurdles and will also high jump this year, and senior Erin Hickey is back to throw the discus.

“Hickey will also be doing some running for us this year as well,” King said.

The Wolves have a number of promising new faces competing in the throwing events, including juniors Curtis Habeck and Zach Pelant, along with senior Powers Lohner.

“This is the first year for Habeck and Pelant, and all three of them are football players,” King said.

Senior Stacy Clark and sophomore Erin Engle compete in throwing events and King said freshman Kyra IIyankoff has also been looking good in the throws.

The Wolves have six island meets this season which is sort of unusual.

“We have two meets at home and four down to South Whidbey. That’s sort of our home away from home,” King said with a laugh.

King said the team had a great first week of practice and is looking forward to the season.

“The kids know what’s expected of them and they are out there learning to be good competitors and good citizens,” he said.

Coupeville’s first meet is at the South Whidbey Jamboree at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13.

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