November 4, 2019
By Mya Banks, Cypress Springs HS
Nov. 4, 2019—Cypress Springs High School cross country runner Pablo Martinez was featured Nov. 4 during the Fox 26 “Making the Grade” segment, which showcased the junior for his excellence both in athletics and academically.
Fox 26 reporter Nate Griffin visited Cypress Springs on Oct. 29 to interview Martinez and record the segment, which also included appearances from Martinez’s family and coaches, the Cypress Springs Panteras, cheerleaders, drumline and administration.
“It feels great to know that the hard work pays off,” Martinez said. “You put so much effort and so much dedication into the sport, something that you really love. Anything you put your heart into is going to be successful.”
Martinez is ranked second in his class. He is a dual-sport athlete (cross country and soccer) and has competed in cross country since seventh grade.
During the season, Martinez dropped his time more than two and half minutes. He placed ninth at the District 14-6A meet on Oct. 18, advancing to the Region II-6A Cross Country Championships where he was a top-50 finisher.
“When he steps out there, he’s never going to disappoint you,” said Larry Boykin, Cypress Springs boys cross country head coach. “He’s always going to give you his all, and that’s amazing.”
Added Cypress Springs boys soccer head coach Diego Pinto: “I think the best part about coaching Pablo is seeing the character development over time. Last year was my first year here, and I was able to see Pablo progress as the season went on. He came in as a backup, and worked his way into a starting lineup, then worked his way into being a leader on the team.”
Martinez credits being strong mentally for his success in athletics, especially in cross country.
“There’s a lot of mental and physical battles with yourself,” he said. “You’re stronger than what you think you are and I think that’s very true. Sometimes your mind just wants to give up, your legs are tired, and you just want to stop. That’s when your mental strength comes into play and you have to really go hard.”