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Athlete of the Week: Andrew Martinez

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Athlete of the Week: Andrew Martinez

Andrew Martinez, a member of the winter track team, is our Athlete of the Week.

Andrew Martinez, a member of the winter track team, is our Athlete of the Week.

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Andrew Martinez, a member of the winter track team, is our Athlete of the Week.

Evan Mathai

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Andrew Martinez, a member of the winter track team, is our Athlete of the Week.

BJ McGrane, Sports Writer

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Name: Andrew Martinez

Sport: Winter Track

Events: Mile, 800m, 600m, 800m relay, 4x400m relay

Grade: Junior

The Lowdown: On Jan. 23, Martinez led the Indians in the 800m medley relay, helping the team to a third place finish in the county. This past weekend, he took part in the New Balance Games in New York City, and placed sixth out of 104 runners in the 600m. After finishing in 1:24.79, Martinez now has the fastest time in all of Bergen County in this event. And on Jan. 16, he led the Indians to a second place finish in the 4x400m relay.

Coach’s Comment: “Andrew makes those around him better. His teammates run faster knowing that Andrew is in their relay, and it’s great relief/comfort having him there,” said PV coach Anthony Judilla. “[He] enjoys running, which is a great strength for him. Where adversity might deter other athletes or make them apprehensive, a challenge excites him and gets him more eager to race.” Judilla calls Martinez a very intelligent runner and says that he displays great sportsmanship before and after races.

His Expectations for the Season:

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What He Likes Most About His Sport: Martinez has “loved” running since he was little. “I’ve been running 5k’s since I was like 5,” Martinez said.

Best Sport Memory: Last year, Martinez set a goal for himself to break 2:00 in the 800m race. He ran a 1:58.57 when he first broke 2:00.

Best Thing About PV: “I like how everyone is supportive of each other,” Martinez said. “I like how everyone gets recognition for what they do. Everyone’s like a family here, and I love it.”

Thoughts on the New Balance Games: “I knew I was going to be racing some fast guys, and I knew that if I just hung with them for a while, that I’d probably break my personal record,” Martinez said. Martinez ran a time of 1:24.79 in the 600m.

Football or Track: “Personally, I like football better. I just love hitting people and I love the physicality of the sport,” Martinez said.

Super Bowl Pick: Los Angeles Rams

Favorite Actor/Actress: Ryan Gosling

Favorite Movie: Rocky IV

Favorite Music Artists: Luke Combs

Favorite Song: When it Rains it Pours

Favorite Teacher: Mr. Rose

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Food: Corn dogs

Favorite TV Show: New Girl

Favorite Pro Athlete: Sean Lee

Favorite Animal: Fish

His Thoughts on His Favorite Football Team, The Dallas Cowboys:

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What He Does In His Free Time: Sports and hanging out with friends

One Thing People May Not Know: Martinez likes Chick-Flicks

Role Models: Martinez says that he looks up to his father and PV track coach John Murtaugh.

Future Plans: Martinez wants to run Division 1 track in college, and he wants to major in sports management. He wants to go to the University of South Carolina.

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