Martin Named Gatorade PA Boys Player Of The Year

Gary Martin has been named the boys' Gatorade Pennsylvania "Player of the Year" for the 2021 track and field season, capping off what has been a banner season for the Archbishop Wood distance runner.

Martin had a record-setting junior season on the track. He ran times of 4:02.15 for 1600m and 4:03.53 for the full mile to break long-standing all-time Pennsylvania state records at the John Hay PA Distance Festival in June. He also ran the PA No. 3 all-time outdoor 3200m at the Henderson Invitational, clocking a time of 8:49.96.

At the PIAA State Championships in May, Martin put on a show, claiming wins in both the AAA 3200m and 1600m. He broke the PIAA meet record in the 3200 with a time of 8:54.87. After running those two events, he returned to place fifth in the 800 meters. Martin closed out his outdoor track season with a third place finish in the mile at the Brooks PR Invitational in a time of 4:04.93.

Martin is just a junior, so he has another full season of high school running to continue to rewrite the record books in Pennsylvania. Check out an interview with Martin after his record 1600m/mile run from June below.