Hannah Martinez was a constant in the Alice High School cross country and track programs since she was a freshman.
Now, she’s hoping to continue that trend at the next level. The Alice High School senior signed a commitment letter with Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. The school competes as an NCAA Div. III program.
Martinez, a four-year letterman in cross county and track for the Lady Coyotes, will run cross country and long-distance events in track and field, coaches said. In Alice, she was a regional qualifier in cross country in three of her four years. She was also a versatile runner in track running everything from middle distance to sprints and relays.
Martinez was choked up when reading a letter she prepared. It included thanking former Alice coach Liza Almaraz and Martinez’s uncle Omar Vidaurri, a former Alice coach who passed away after a long illness in 2014.
She also spoke about picking a school. She said she received offers from two out-of-state schools and six in-state. They ranged from Div. I to Div. III.
Martinez said she picked Texas Lutheran because of its strong women’s cross country and track and field programs and its focus on academics.
“I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just a name on a roster,” Martinez said.
Alice cross county and track coach Marissa Acosta said she was proud of Martinez and her accomplishments.
“Just like a lot of high school athletes, Hannah has overcome a lot in her high school career, her running career and other sports she competed in, her academics and her personal life, so it’s really exciting," Acosta said.