Wolves advance 18 to state

In recent years the Coupeville track and field team has consistently sent one or two athletes to the state meet.

Those numbers will take a slight jump this time around.

Counting relay alternates, the Wolves advanced a record 18 athletes to the 1A state track and field championships starting Thursday, June 2, in Cheney.

“We were expecting to send maybe 10,” CHS head coach Greg Oldham said. “To have this many come through — it was a pretty amazing day.”

The Coupeville boys captured fourth place overall on Saturday at the Tri-District meet with 58 team points.

The Wolves were led by senior Andrew Moon, who took the only Tri-District title, winning the 100 meters in 11.47 seconds. He also advanced to state in the 200, taking fourth place in a time of 23.32 seconds.

“He would have taken second in the 200, but he stopped at the wrong line,” Oldham said.

Junior Jon Chittim also had quite a day for the Wolves, crushing the 400 meter school record once in the prelims and again in the finals for an eventual second place finish at Tri-Districts.

“He really came on at the end,” Oldham said. “If it would have been a 410 meter race he probably would have won.”

Chittim’s final time of 50.88 beat his prelim mark of 51.63 and his regular season best of 52.71. His Tri-District final race was only his seventh time ever running the 400.

Freshman Kyle King will also moved on in both the 1,600 and 3,200, taking fourth place in both events.

Other individuals who advanced for the boys were Trevor Tucker in the high jump and Garritt Manker in the 110 high hurdles.

The 400 relay team of Tucker, Riley Fishburn, J.J. Marti and Moon took second at 45.32 seconds and the 1,600 relay team of Josh Edwards, Clay Hughes, Tom Rogers and Chittim nabbed the fifth and final spot to state at 3:40.55.

The Coupeville girls finished seventh overall as a team with 26.5 points and advanced two individuals and one relay to state.

Senior Janiece Jenkins moved on in grand fashion in the 100, breaking the school record with a time of 12.89 seconds and taking second place. Her new mark beat the old mark of 12.9 set by Karine Zamelis in 1981 and later tied by Janae Socha in 1997.

Jenkins also took the fifth and final state berth in the 200 with a time of 27.39 seconds.

Corrine Gaddis also earned an individual berth with a fifth place in the long jump.

The 400 relay team of Gaddis, Jenkins, Alicia Heinen, Kim Kisch grabbed second place with a time of 52.68 and was just shy of breaking the school record.

The state meet begins tomorrow, June 2 in Cheney and continues Saturday, June 4.

“It’s going to be very exciting,” Oldham said.

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