OSU's Martinez: Running Around Corvallis

By Ryan Broadhead

A major paradox took place on Sunday, May 13, 2012. In Eugene, Ore., known for its rich track history, the Pac -12 Championships wrapped up after a two-day event that resulted in medals being bestowed upon athletes with expectations of championships.

For athletes from the community of Corvallis, Ore., 47.1 miles away from "Track Town U.S.A.," the event was about more than just championships.

Sandra Martinez, a sophomore at OSU and participant in the 5,000 meter run said, "We don't have a full track team. It's just the distance team and we don't have a track facility to practice on."

When asked where and how the team practices Martinez said, "We just play around and use the Corvallis High School track for practice. We do our workouts on that track or on bike paths and work our way around Corvallis."

The 5,000 meter run, which Martinez finished with a time of 17:55.7, is a long-distance grueling event in which internal motivation is a requirement. Add the fact that there is no facility and track to practice on. These facts beg the question to be asked of why put oneself through that?

"The main reason I do it was because Coach [Kelly Sullivan] is super nice, I love him to death," she said. "I love the long distance. It's a mental thing and I really get into that."

Another reason Martinez competes is because of the bond she shares with her fellow athletes.

"We love each other. We have the most beautiful team in Audrey Botti and Kinsey Gomez. We get along really well, work out together and push each other."

For track athletes from OSU, there are many more reasons to compete than just championships.

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