Mary Martin photo

Mary Martin.

Clearwater Valley senior Mary Martin likes being independent — and that has helped her in both sports and studies. She has done her high school course work independently through Idaho Virtual Academy, which she said is like doing public school online, and competing independently is part of what she likes about track and field. “In track, you’re part of a team, but it comes down to your own hard work and your own effort,” she said, “and discus is such a graceful thing in the technique, and it’s something I’m good at.”

In practice, she has thrown in the upper 90s and lower 100s, and she set her competition personal record at 93 feet last month at Kamiah. Last Friday, one she threw measured 91-8, which keeps her second in the district among 1A girls. State qualification would put a cap on what has been four years of effort at the high school level. Like many other throwers in the district, she looks to her dad for coaching.

“We have a good team and a chance of going to state as a team this year,” she said. “Everyone’s athletic and we all work hard. Martha Smith and Preston Amerman are great, and we have some really good freshmen in, too.”

Having missed out on a year of honing that has set Martin and so many others across the district back from the performance levels they’d otherwise be reaching. She has been throwing the shot put (25-5 personal best) and running the 100-meter dash. “The reason I do that,” she said, “is that beside technique, discus relies a lot on speed.”

Next up are the league championships at 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 24, at Kamiah High School.