IRVINE, Calif. - Ryan Martin was announced Big West Men's Athlete of the Year for the 2011 season earlier Wednesday afternoon.
Martin, a Lake Forest, Calif. native is the first UCSB athlete to win this award in the league. Martin competed in the 400m, 800m and the 1500m this season and became the 800m conference champion with a time of 1:45.34 last weekend. Martin ran 4:01.81 in the 1500m at the Ben Brown Invitational and 47.35 against Cal Poly. Martin has set several records this season; breaking his own school record, setting a new personal best and becoming the first Gaucho to win Athlete of the Year honors.
Martin along with other members of the UCSB Track and Field team whom will be announced tomorrow will head to the NCAA Preliminaries in Eugene, Ore., May 26-28.