Last Thursday the Page High School gave their congratulations and cheers to the Page Runnin’ Devils for an exciting year of accomplishments winning the 3A State Cross Country Championship for the fifth year in a row with a record low of 35 points.
Leading the pack was Bowen Martin who dominated the course coming in first place with a time of 16:07 at the 3A state meet. Throughout the season Bowen pushed himself to achieve a personal best in his races that gave him six first place wins in eight meets this season. His personal best time was 15:09 at the Desert Twilight, which was also the second best time in all of Arizona. He was recognized as one of seven runners to make the 1st Team All State for the accomplishment at the 3A State Competition.
Bowen was also voted to the Navajo All Star team, a prestigious award given to select runners from the entire Navajo Nation.
Bowen was recently voted Arizona Mile Spilt Runner of the Year with 14,981 votes (52%) statewide polled on the Internet over the Christmas season. He was also nominated for Athlete Arizona’s Gatorade Athlete of the Year.
“It feels good to know all the hard work over the years has paid off.” said Bowen. Bowen was injured during two of the eight races but made his comeback for the final two races.
Being a part of the Runnin’ Devils was also a family effort with his uncle Tim as the head coach and his father Theo as the assistant coach both training Bowen and his brother Rex. “It was fun that they were able to teach me different lessons in not only running but in life. It’s good that the Martin legacy will be carried on [with Rex]. I think he will be pretty good.” Bowen adds about his brother who is a freshman this year. Bowen’s plans for the future include college, possibly Brigham Young University. People ask him if he will consider the Olympics in the future. “Maybe after college,” he said with an shy laugh.
Morgan Fowler took the second place at the state meet to help the Runnin’ Devils secure the trophy and to keep the streak going with a time of 16:19. Morgan was also voted to 1st Team All State and recognized to the Navajo All Star team.
Taking the third place using pack style running was Trent Holiday with a time of 16:37 and voted to the 1st Team All State with recognition for the Navajo All Star team.
Taking the 13th place and 2nd All State Team is Skylar Sandoval with a time of 17:03 and recognized to the Navajo All Star team.
Lance Harris was recognized as Arizona’s number one Freshman Runner of the Year in all classes, 1A-6A, with a time of 17:15. He took 19th place and made the 3rd Team All State. Harris was also recognized to the Navajo All Star team.
Holding the pack together to bring in the winning scores was Kaipo Uejo with a time of 17:17 and voted to the 3rd Team All State.
Rex Martin runs in the steps of the family with a 39th place in State with a time of 17:55 to help bring in the record low score to bring home the trophy.
Head Coach Tim Martin who ran in high school days along with his twin brother and assistant coach Theo Martin. Theo is Bowen and Rex’s father who have coached the team this year into their fifth consecutive title.Head Coach Tim Martin was voted Navajo Cross Country Coach of the Year.