Martina Signs Professional Contract
NCAA track and field All-American Churandy Martina has signed a professional contract with Nike, forgoing his final three years of eligibility at UTEP.
“We are happy Churandy was able to sign a gainful deal with Nike, however we are disappointed that he won’t be back running for us next year,” said UTEP head track and field coach Bob Kitchens. “In this day in age everyone is getting professional contracts, the money was there and they are going to pay for his school. We are happy for his opportunity and we wish him the best of luck.”
Martina’s one year at UTEP was most memorable.
The native of Willemstad, Curaçao, helped the 400-meter relay to a third-place showing at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. As an individual he took fourth in the 200-meter dash and sixth in the 100-meter dash to give UTEP a seventh-place team finish.
Martina was named the USTFCCCA Midwest Region’s and the Mountain Region’s Track Athlete of the Year after winning the 100 and 200 at the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship.
He led UTEP to the Conference USA Outdoor title by winning the 100 and 200, as well as anchoring the 400 relay to gold. His victorious wind-aided time of 9.76 in the 100 was the second-fastest time under any conditions.
Martina also took the crown the 60-meter dash indoors to help the Miners win the C-USA Indoor Championship.
Martina established a new school record in the 100 (9.95) and the fifth-fastest time in the 200 (20.27). In addition, as the anchor of the 400 relay the Miners ran 38.99, one hundredth of a second off the school record.