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Logan Martin hangs out with mom Abbie. (Teresa Besaw photo)

Logan Martin is throwing with the big boys.

The Coupeville High School grad competed in his second college track and field meet Saturday, joining his Central Washington University teammates at the Doris Heritage Track Festival in Renton.

The Wildcat freshman earned 6th place in the discus, chucking the implement 127 feet, 10 inches, and 9th in the shot put, where he lobbed the metal ball 37-09.50.

CWU track returns to action next Saturday, Mar. 25, when the ‘Cats travel to Tacoma for the Peyton/Shotwell Invitational.

During his days in Coupeville, Martin finished 2nd at state in the discus, shot put, and hammer throw.

He also played tennis and soccer and was a key part of the first Wolf boys’ basketball team to win a district title in 52 years.

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Logan Martin signs to compete in track and field for Central Washington University. (Eileen Stone photos)

A family portrait, of sorts.

“You da man!”

Track season never ended.

Coupeville High School senior Logan Martin has been hard at work perfecting his throws, showing up and showing out in one-man workouts.

And all that work has paid off.

In advance of his final season with the Wolves, Martin signed paperwork to commit to competing at Central Washington University.

He’s expected to throw the discus and shot put, as he does at CHS, while adding the hammer and weight throw.

Martin, who has also played basketball, tennis, and soccer during his time as a Wolf, set PR’s in the shot put, discus, and javelin during his junior season of track.

His best discus throw in a high school meet has been 153 feet, 10 inches, putting him hot on the heels of older brother Dalton, who owns the CHS career record with a heave of 161-07 from 2016.

With a PR of 44-03 in the shot put, Martin is also chasing Hunter Hammer’s school-best mark of 51-03.75 from 2011.

This spring will offer Logan and teammates their first chance in three seasons to qualify for the state meet.

The ongoing pandemic erased spring sports during Martin’s sophomore season.

While CHS and its foes returned to competition last year, there were no postseason events.

That’s expected to change this time around, with Martin and Co. aiming to make the trip to Cheney for the big dance.

After that, Coupeville’s top thrower will return to the eastern side of the state, but this time with Ellensburg and CWU his destination.

That’s the same NCAA D-II school where former Wolf football star Nick Streubel pulled on the pads during a stellar collegiate career.


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Logan Martin keeps smashing his own PR in the discus. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Off-season workouts, even in the snow, have helped the young Wolf star continue his development. (Bob Martin photo)

He’s closing the gap, fast.

Coupeville High School junior Logan Martin is chasing older brother Dalton, coming for his school record in the discus.

And now the margin between the two, which once stood at 40 feet, has been narrowed all the way down to eight feet.

Dalton’s record, set in 2016, stands at 161 feet, seven inches and was accomplished at the Olympic League Championships. Two weeks later, he claimed second-place at the state meet.

In 2019, Logan capped his freshman season by nailing a throw of 121-11 at districts, then had his sophomore campaign erased by the COVID shutdown.

Jump forward to 2021, and his first discus heave, two weeks ago in the season-opening Northwest 2B/1B League meet in Coupeville, landed at 141-02.

A great start, but Logan has since smashed that PR, launching a throw of 153-07 during a virtual meet this past week.

Now, he and his Wolf teammates return to live competition Thursday, when they travel to the wilds of Concrete for another league meet.

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Fast-rising track/volleyball sensation Kylie Chernikoff. (Submitted photo)

Kylie Chernikoff is exiting middle school on top of the athletic world.

The Coupeville Middle School 8th grader capped her track season by winning a title in the discus at the Olympic League Championships last week, an event in which she shattered her PR by 13 feet.

As she continues to surge in the event, her future is a bright one.

Chernikoff’s final discus throw as a middle schooler — 78 feet — was just eight feet shy of what it took for a thrower from Coupeville High School’s district to make it to state this season.

One day earning that trip to Cheney for the 1A championships is something already on her mind.

“I would like to work on my spin, to get the disc further,” Chernikoff said. “To keep on improving on my PR and maybe make it to state.”

Track is not her only sport, as she also loves volleyball and has an interest in tennis, though admits it’s “a bummer that track and tennis are at the same time (in the spring).”

While she’s excelling in track, volleyball is where her heart resides.

“My favorite sport would have to be volleyball,” Chernikoff said. “Because you can always get better and you can always count on your teammates when you need them.”

Away from the athletic stage, she enjoys wood shop, spending time with family and friends and going to the beach.

But when she’s competing, or hard at work in practice, Chernikoff remains focused on the job at hand.

“My best memories playing would be being on the court with my team or in the ring warming up to throw the disc,” she said. “The thing I enjoy the most of being an athlete would be when I get that adrenaline rush when you get a spike or you improve your PR.

“I think my strengths would be always wanting to improve more,” Chernikoff added. “Something I would like to work on is my digging for volleyball, and to make my jump serves and, overall, improve my game.”

Like most successful athletes, she draws support from a wide range of people who are there to help and encourage her.

“I would have to thank my mom, Joanne, and dad Bob, and my sisters and brothers,” Chernikoff said. “They have always supported me with everything I have done.

“And my friends have always been there if I have a bad game,” she added. “My friend Genna (Wright) has always helped me to not be nervous and shake off the mistakes in the game.”

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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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