May 16, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Ryan Martin, who set a UC Santa Barbara record in the 800 meters while winning the event at the Big West Conference Championships on Saturday, has been named UCSBgauchos.com Athlete of the Week.
Martin trailed UC Irvine's Charles Jock for virtually the entire race before catching him at the end and winning with a lunge across the finish line. Martin finished in a time of 1:45.34 while Jock, who came into the meet as the favorite and with the conference's top time in 2011, finished in 1:45.40.
The native of Lake Forest, Calif., broke his own school record in the 800 meters. At the 2010 NCAA Preliminaries in Eugene, Ore., Martin ran a 1:46.71. He then earned All-American honors when he clocked 1:47.02 in the finals, finishing fourth.
Martin, whose time is the third fastest in the nation this year, will return to Eugene, Ore., on May 26-28 for the NCAA West Regionals. He will be aiming to qualify for his second straight NCAA Championships.