JERSEYVILLE - Senior runner Cole Martinez had a very successful season for Jersey Community High School, representing the Panthers well in the IHSA Class 2A state series. In the regional, Martinez advanced to the sectional with an overall seventh-place finish, coming in at 16:25.6 at the Highland regional, then in the Decatur MacArthur sectional, qualified for the state meet with a time of 16:39.32, finishing 48th with a time of 15:48.34.

Martinez was one of the Panthers' top runners and hardest workers, who has competed in the sport for all of his four years at Jersey, consistently finishing in the top ten of his races.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

For all of his effort both on and off the courses, Martinez has been named Jersey's Quality Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Jersey Male Athlete of the Month.

Martinez, who ran for head coach Harold Landon, credited his big season as the reason he was selected for this month's honor.

"It was a great season with a third-place finish at (the Mississippi Valley) conference and qualification for the state meet," Martinez said.

Martinez thanked his family and the Panther supporters for his success and their support over his high school years.

Article continues after sponsor message

"I would like to thank my dad, mom, stepmom, brother, grandparents and everyone else who has come to meets and supported me throughout my career," Martinez said.

Martinez has competed in cross country since his freshman year and enjoys many of the benefits of being involved with the team, along with his hard work during training.

"Since my freshman year," Martinez said. "I love competing, being part of a team, meeting new people and improving myself."

Being involved in sports in general, cross country in particular has benefitted Martinez in many other ways as well.

"It has shaped my friendships throughout high school," Martinez said, "and helped keep me motivated and focused on my goals."

Martinez is also a distance runner on the Panthers' track team and a member of the IHSA Scholar Bowl team. He's also a member of the school's National Honors Society chapter, and doesn't plan on running in college, but is leaning towards attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, majoring in biochemistry with plans on becoming an optometrist after graduating.

Riverbender.com's Athlete of the Month program is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and the cooperation of our area high schools. This is a great accomplishment and one to be proud of. Please join us in congratulating this young athlete. We at Riverbender.com wish you continued success in your future!

Read More:

Jun 14, 2021 | Multi-Sports Standout Edward Roberts Is Quality Chrysler, Dodge Jeep Ram Of Jerseyville JCHS Male Athlete Of Month Jun 14, 2021

Mar 31, 2021 | Multi-Sport Student-Athlete Ian Sullivan Is Quality Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Jerseyville Male Athlete Of The Month For Panthers Mar 31, 2021

Dec 2, 2021 | State Tennis Star Elise Noble Is Quality Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Jerseyville Female Athlete of the Month For JCHS Dec 2, 2021

Jun 1, 2021 | Track Athlete Morgan Johnson Is Quality Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Female Athlete Of Month For Jersey Jun 1, 2021

RBRadioLaunchGif"Joe Nichols - Gimme That Girl" now playing on The River, the Riverbend's only Country station. Check out Riverbender Radio Today and Listen to Win!