Gary Martin's big week continued on Friday at the Henderson Polar Bear Champs on the track outdoors at West Chester Henderson.
Martin ran 8:16.40 for 3,000 meters on a very cold afternoon to win the event. That time is the fastest 3K ever run by a Pennsylvania high schooler -- indoors or outdoors. That breaks Paul Springer's 2007 outdoor record of 8:18.40 on the same track. Noah Affolder ran a split of 8:16.56 for 3K indoors in 2017, which Martin narrowly eclipsed on Friday.
That time converts roughly to a 8:52 for 3,200 meters, not far off his best in the event of 8:49.96 from last spring.
Martin's new 3K record comes just five days after the Archbishop Wood senior broke the all-time Pennsylvania state record in the mile, winning a legendary race against CJ Singleton at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships at Penn State.
Next up for Martin will likely be New Balance Nationals Indoor at the Armory in New York, where he is entered in the mile.
Check out the results from the 3K below and the full meet results here.
Men's 3000 Meters Finals =================================================================== Pl Name Team Time Ht. (Pl) =================================================================== 1 MARTIN, Gary Final Lap 8:16.40 3 (1) 2 MATUSZAK, Paul Unattached 8:40.91 3 (2) 3 DICOLA, Brian Unattached 8:50.02 3 (3) 4 MATEER, Chris Unattached 8:54.15 3 (4) 5 MCCANN, Michael Unattached 9:01.29 3 (5) 6 MOGCK, Gavin Penncrest TC 9:02.56 3 (6) 7 MUSSELMAN, Zack Unattached 9:03.05 3 (7) 8 PLANCK, Richard D-West TC 9:10.33 3 (8) 9 BODDEN, Luke Radnor TC 9:11.59 3 (9) 10 KURTZ, Jimmy Radnor TC 9:13.37 3 (10)