Sand Devils ‘slowly building up for state’

Sand Devils ‘slowly building up for state’

KAYENTA

At last year’s Arizona Division III state track meet, Bowen Martin went 3-for-4 in the gold medal count.

The Page senior is looking to win four state titles this week in hopes of capturing the Triple Crown – the 800-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter runs — as well as anchoring the 4×800 relay team.
Of the four disciplines, the only title that eluded him last year was the 800.

“I just want to repeat on all the events I won last year,” Martin said at last week’s 3A North Region track meet. “I want to possibly win the 800 this year, too.”

Martin is seeded No. 1 in the two long-distance events, having posted a 4:18.65 in the 1,600 and a 9:10.68 in the 3,200.

In the 800, he’s posted the fifth best time of 1:59.81, which trails top seed Pierce Vittone of St. Mary’s by a mere 1.74 seconds.

“It’s going to be tough to win the 800,” Martin said. “There are some fast guys in that race. I’m more of a two-miler than anything else.”

In the 4×800, Page is seeded No. 3 with a time of 8:22.01 as they trail Snowflake (8:19.73) and Tuba City (8:20.68).

At the regional meet, Martin captured the 1,600 with a winning time of 4:44.61, finishing ahead of teammates Trent Holiday (4:52.49), Lance Harris (4:52.49) and Morgan Fowler (4:54.40).

“This was more of a workout for me,” Martin said.

In the 800, he finished second to Tuba City’s Aaron Simien. Simien won the race in 2:03.78 while Martin finished with a 2:05.42.

In the 4×800, he anchored the team to a first-place finish of 8:30.01.

“Everything we’re doing is a slow progression for state,” he said. “We’re slowly building up for state.”

With a bevy of talented runners, the Sand Devils will have multiple runners competing in the middle- and long-distance races at the state meet.


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Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com