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   Dalton Martin, back when he was crushing it as a high school thrower. (John Fisken photo)

A year ago, Dalton Martin was headed to the 1A state track and field meet in Cheney, where he would earn three throwing medals for Coupeville High School.

While he doesn’t spend as much time with the shot put or javelin anymore, Martin is still flinging the discus, but at a higher level now.

A freshman at Everett Community College, he spent Monday in Gresham, Oregon, finishing 6th in his event at the Northwest Athletic Conference track and field championships.

Hitting 130 feet, two inches, he had the third-best throw by a freshman, and beat out eight athletes overall in the 14-man finals.

Colton Paller of Olympic College won the event with a heave of 156-00.

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   Dalton Martin (right), reunited with CHS track guru Randy King. (Abbie Martin photo)

Former Wolves can be found in places other than baseball or softball diamonds.

Dalton Martin, a freshman at Everett Community College, is busy pursuing his dream of chucking the discus at the next level, and his latest stop was in Bellingham.

Competing at the 36th annual Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field Meet at Civic Stadium Saturday, he unleashed a throw of 137 feet, 10 inches.

That gave him 10th place in a field of 20 competitors.

During his high school days, Martin became the first Coupeville High School athlete in 116 years to earn three throwing medals at the same state track meet.

He finished 2nd in the discus and 8th in the shot put and javelin as a senior.

That last event was a bit of a surprise, as Martin had only thrown the javelin once in competition before that postseason.

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   Dalton Martin (right) hangs out with Everett CC (and former Coupeville) coach Mike Davis before his first college track meet. (Heidi Monroe photo)

In there banging with the big boys.

Following in the footsteps of fellow former Wolf Hunter Hammer, Coupeville High School grad Dalton Martin made a strong debut as a college thrower.

Martin, the only athlete in the 117-year history of CHS to win three throwing medals at the same state meet, is a freshman at Everett Community College.

Competing in the Pacific Lutheran Open Saturday, he finished fifth in a field of 18 throwers, launching the discus 137 feet.

During his days as a Wolf, Martin played football, basketball, tennis and track.

He finished 5th at state in the discus as a junior, then claimed 2nd as a senior.

Martin also notched 8th place state finishes in the shot put and javelin during his final campaign.

The last feat was a true dazzler, as he threw the javelin for the first time in competition just six weeks prior to state, and increased his PR 20 feet in just 44 days.

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Jordan Lamb (top, left) is joined by fellow Hall o' Fame inductees Dalton Martin and Allyson Barker.

   Jordan Lamb (top, left) is joined by fellow Hall o’ Fame inductees Dalton Martin and Allyson Barker.

They were a terrific trio.

Despite competing during different time frames, the three athletes who make up the 79th class inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame share a lot of similarities.

All three were superb in the heat of competition and better people outside the lines, and all three have left a lasting legacy at CHS.

So, let’s welcome today’s honorees — Allyson Barker, Jordan Lamb and Dalton Martin — as they join their brethren here in these hallowed digital hallways.

After this, you’ll find the three of them camped out at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

Today, though, the spotlight shines brightly on them as we look back at their teenage accomplishments.

First up is Barker, who, 19 years after graduation, still remains the most accomplished triple jumper the school has ever seen.

Her record of 35 feet, five and a half inches, set when she was a sophomore in ’95, hasn’t been touched by a Wolf girl since.

Only two other CHS girls — Natasha Bamberger (the 1600 and 3200 in 1984) and Jennie Cross (the shot put and discus in 1990) have held their records longer than Barker, and her mark doesn’t appear to be in much danger.

Coupeville’s best in the event last year, Lauren Grove, was still six feet off of Barker’s best.

Allyson capped her stellar run in the event with an 8th place finish at the 1997 state track meet, and, even as she and her classmates heads towards their 20th reunion, her legacy looms large.

Joining her in the Hall is Lamb, who becomes the fourth member of his family to be inducted.

Sisters Erica and Taniel and lil’ bro Nathan are here to welcome Jordan, a class act on the field, in the classroom and in real life.

Using his long frame to his advantage, Lamb was a standout tennis player — part of the 2009 Wolf boys’ net squad which swept to a district team crown — and booter.

On the pitch, Jordan was a key member of the 2010 CHS boys’ soccer team that stands as the most-successful in school history.

One of five Wolves to earn All-League honors in the 1A/2A Cascade Conference that year, Lamb helped lead his team to a program-record 12 wins, including four in the playoffs.

While they fell to eventual state runner-up Overlake in a thriller, Coupeville’s playoff run, and Lamb’s play in the spotlight, still stand tall.

Like Lamb, our final inductee also exited on top.

A superb athlete who starred in every sport he picked up, Martin was slowed a bit by extensive injuries, most notably a run of concussions, but he never gave in.

While he eventually had to walk away from football, and lost a chunk of his time on the basketball court, he adapted, showing a natural flair on the tennis court, then putting an exclamation point on his career as a track and field star.

Martin, who competed as a thrower for all six of his years at CMS and CHS, built his career steadily uphill.

After claiming 5th place at state in the discus as a junior, he went out in style this past spring.

Qualifying for state in all three throwing events — shot put, discus and javelin — despite having barely hefted a javelin prior, Martin earned medals in all three of his events.

He jumped to 2nd in the discus, an event he holds the school record in, while also claiming 8th place finishes in the other two events.

That allowed him to join a very small group — Jon Chittim, Kyle King, Brian Miller, Tyler King, Makana Stone and Lindsey Roberts are the others — who have won three or more medals at the same state meet.

Martin stands alone, however, as the only Wolf (in 116 years!) to win three throwing medals in the same year.

Plus, he makes videos like this:

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Dalton Martin (John Fisken photo)

Dalton Martin, the next “Damn, Daniel?” (John Fisken photo)

The legend continues to grow.

After getting tons of views on Facebook and YouTube for his Deer Whisperer video, CHS grad Dalton Martin has taken the next step, and it’s potentially a huge one.

His video — which shows the former Wolf sharing a leafy lunch with a very calm forest creature — can now be found on EllenTube, a video-sharing site that’s part of Ellen DeGeneres‘ vast empire.

Martin has picked up another 3,000+ views thanks to the site, and while that doesn’t quite put him in “Kendall Jenner quits Instagram” territory yet (there are close to 800,000 much dumber people now…), it’s a step.

Now, all he needs is the big lady herself to notice, and Dalton could be on his way to being the next “Damn, Daniel.”

To see the video on EllenTube, pop over to:

http://ellentube.com/videos/0-s5fcdzjl/

Or watch it live here:

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