UCR’s Martinez is national runner-up

UC Riverside junior Brenda Martinez finished second in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA national championships at the University of Arkansas on Saturday.It was by far the best finish for a Highlander athlete since the transition to Division II.

It was her second All-American honor in track. She also earned honors in the indoor season.

Martinez, of Rancho Cucamonga, finished in 4:13.97 which was second to only senior Susan Kuijken of Florida State who posted a winning time of 4:13.05.

Martinez was third but used a strong sprint down the homestretch to move up a spot.

CBS aired the meet Saturday morning but showed just the last few seconds of the race and the camera was fixed on the winner..

The eight points scored by Martinez for her team put the Highlanders tied for 36th with her as the lone competitor.

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