AUSTIN — It took a photo finish for Major Martin to get on the podium and it was, fittingly, the final hurdle in his high school career at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Celina senior claimed the bronze medal in the Class 4A 300 hurdles by an extremely slim margin over Navasota’s Ronnie Jackson at 38.17 seconds. Martin’s time came out to 38.163 seconds while Jackson was clocked at 38.167.
“In the last 100 I was able to pass two guys. I was real close to the second-place guy,” Martin said. “It’s my senior year and it’s been my best year. It took a lot of hard work but it paid off.”
Stafford’s Kenneth Bodwin won the gold medal in 37.12 seconds and Lampasas’ Cameron Everts took the silver medal in 38.06 seconds.
“The first-place guy was way out there. I was trying to stay as close as possible,” Martin said.
He earned his way to Austin as the Region II champ and felt that alone could have been a capper for his career if he hadn’t medaled.
“Qualifying was a big accomplishment,” Martin said. “I didn’t think I was as nervous as I was at regionals trying to qualify.”
Martin got into hurdling as an eighth-grader while he tried to find his fit on the track.
“I wasn’t quick enough to be a 100 guy,” he said. “I wasn’t a sprinter and wasn’t a 400 or 800 guy. My technique isn’t that great so I run real fast in between the hurdles to make up for it.”