Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Female Athlete of the Week: Olympia Martin of Ridgewood

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Female Athlete of the Week: Olympia Martin of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood's Olympia Martin was battling a talented field of cross- country runners -- and the urge to let up -- when something inside her said keep going.

She summoned one last burst of energy in the final inches of the State Meet of Champions on Saturday and passed 2013 champion Briana Gess to take second place at Holmdel Park.

"I was so exhausted by the end of the race," The Record Female Athlete of the Week said. "I really wanted to pass her. She was just right ahead of me. I just kept telling myself over and over again, 'Pass this girl,' and I did it. I don't know how I got that energy, but I did it."

Maybe the junior, whose time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds, matches the second-fastest race run at Holmdel by a North Jersey runner, heard her father's voice somewhere in the back of her mind.

She seemingly has inherited Andrew Martin's love of running. He's an ultramathoner who recently completed a 50-mile race.

Olympia said she began training with her dad when she was 12. They often run together during the summer. …

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