Our oval, our wins

The Wolf track and field stars defended their home turf at the Coupeville Classic Invite.


Special to the News-Times

The juniors had a bang-up day on Senior Night.

The Class of 2025 accounted for seven wins Wednesday, as the Wolf track and field stars defended their home turf at the Coupeville Classic Invite.

Overall, CHS won 13 events, including sweeping both boys relay races.

The combination of individual success and strong depth carried the Wolves to convincing team title wins, as well.

The CHS girls racked up 184 points, while their male counterparts amassed 166.5, putting both squads well ahead of runner-up East Jefferson in both battles.

Lynden, Clallam Bay, Crescent, and Friday Harbor rounded out the field Wednesday, with the Wolves piling up 63 PRs.

“The number of high fives we were giving today, they racked up some PRs,” said Wolf coach Bob Martin. “They were kicking ass today!”

Juniors Lyla Stuurmans (400, 800, Long Jump) and Katie Marti (Shot Put, Javelin) led the way as multiple event winners, while senior Nick Guay captured the high jump title and ran a leg on both triumphant relay units.

Other Wolf individual winners included Reese Wilkinson (Discus), Carly Burt (Pole Vault), Mikey Robinett (100 Hurdles), Carson Field (800), and Zac Tackett (Discus).

“It was an amazing!” said CHS coach Elizabeth Bitting.

“So proud of all our athletes! Those wins and PRs were beautiful!!! All so very well deserved!!”

The sun was out, seniors were honored, quality chili was eaten, top times were recorded, and, in a significant side moment, local bus drivers helped keep things hopping.

East Jefferson, which is a unified program that Port Townsend and Chimacum created after Coupeville left the Olympic League, had ferry reservation issues which left their bus on the mainland.

Their athletes could have been stranded at the Coupeville dock — miles from town — but Island Transit agreed to swoop in and pick them up and transport them to the CHS oval in time for the meet.

“Island Transit went above and beyond!” Bitting said.

As did Wolf moms, especially Courtney Pilgrim.

“She steps up, when everyone else steps back,” Martin said.

“She and the parents provide quite the spread for our coaches and volunteers. Five hours of go, they need to be refueled.”