A to Z with Sitia Martinez


Indians senior Sitia Martinez.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

SCHOOL: Fort White

YEAR: Senior

EVENTS: 300 hurdles (national elite), 100 and 200 sprints

HEIGHT: 5-foot-7

A rea track athlete you would pay to watch: Shadayza Bullock of Eastside. She does the shot (put) and discus, and she is really good. I used to run summer track with her, but she is also in our district.

B est movie I've ever seen: “Miracle.” I love history, too, so I like that part of it, talking about the history and the Olympics.

C oach Kemberly Jackson's best words of advice for me: Just go out there and do your best. Just focus on your lane and nothing else. It is just you and the clock.

D ay of a meet, I do what to prepare myself? I usually listen to music and pretty much block the world out.

Sitia has area's best times in the 100 (12.07) and 200 meters (25.54), and the 300 hurdles (44.34)

E ating habits during track and field season: Drink lots and lots of water. No junk food. Eat a lot of clean protein and a lot of carbohydrates. I usually eat a lot of carbohydrates the night before a meet.

F lorida Gators track & field is... amazing. I aspire to be like them.

G oing into this season, after finishing fourth at state a year ago in the 300 hurdles, my goal this year is ... I would love to place first in the hurdles and also place in the 100 meters.

H ardest part of training as a hurdler: You have to stay in rhythm as a hurdler. If you have an off day and you are not in rhythm, then that training day is not good. I usually try to bounce back from those and refocus.

I nteresting thing about me away from track & field: I love to read. I like historical books. I am very quiet. I really don't say much to anybody.

J oker on the team? We pretty much have all middle schoolers, so I would say all of them. They are pretty much all crazy. You never know what they are going to do.

K ey to juggling sports and academics: I always make school a priority. I'm not making excuses if I have a long day at the track. I know I have homework that I need to do. It is just getting it done.

Sitia is an honor roll student with a 3.8 GPA and has dual enrollment at Florida Gateway College in Lake City.

L east favorite Fort White track & field moment: When I fell and broke my wrist doing the 300 hurdles at Oak Hall during a middle school meet.

M usic I enjoy listening to: I like all types of music and will pretty much listen to anything.

N ike, Reebok, New Balance, Adidas, Asics or other running shoes? I have always had Nikes as my running spikes.

O ne person who inspires me most: My mom (Regina Martinez). She has always been very supportive. She is very hard working.

P re-race ritual: I say a prayer and clear out my mind.

Q uiet time activity? Reading.

R eading the newspaper or going online to get my high school sports coverage? I go online.

S uperstition I have: I always have to have water right before I race. I always do that, and if I didn't I think it would bother me.

T witter or Facebook? Facebook.

U niversities or colleges considering: Jacksonville University and Kenneshaw University in Georgia. The Jacksonville coach said he will be watching me at regionals (today).

V acation spot I love: I love going to beaches around Jacksonville. We go up there a lot.

W hat prompted you to give up basketball as a sport? I stopped in ninth grade. I injured myself and was drawn more to track and started putting all my interests in it.

Scored season-high eight points against Dixie County in 2009.

X box, PlayStation or Wii? Wii, we play Wii Sports

Y ear I was born: 1995.

Z oo animal I like most: Koala. I don't know why, maybe because they are cute.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top