KV senior Sam Martin

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Kankakee Valley senior Sam Martin finished among the top five in her final cross country sectional meet in Rensselaer last month.

WHEATFIELD — Kankakee Valley senior Sam Martin capped off a stellar cross country career by earning a spot on the Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Sports Association’s all-academic all-state team.

Martin, a three-sport athlete in cross country, basketball and track and field at KVHS, was an honorable mention pick.

The KV senior joins a long list of Kankakee Valley cross country and track and field stars who have been named academic all-state. Last year, KVHS graduate Taylor Miller was a first team honoree in cross country and track and Martin’s big sister Sarah was also honorable mention in track last season.

Highlights of Sam Martin’s cross country career include four-time all-Northwest Crossroads Conference, with a first team honor in 2019; a four-time regional qualifier; and a two-time semistate qualifier.

She was a key member of KV’s 2016 Rensselaer Sectional championship team as a freshman. In four sectional meets, Martin finished eighth as a freshman (in 20 minutes, 55.58 seconds), eighth as a sophomore (21:54.79), 12th as a junior (22:38.85) and fourth as a senior (20:25.8).