For Martin, Tarleton was easy choice

Nursing program, proximity to home biggest perks for Stephenville star



STEPHENVILLE (November 9, 2017) — Hailey Martin could wait for more offers to come in during her senior season of track and field, but there’s no reason, she says, since she already has the offer she wants.

Martin signed a national letter of intent with Tarleton State Thursday, cementing a verbal commitment she announced on Twitter on Halloween nine days prior. Friends, many of them teammates in one or more of the three sports Martin excels in at Stephenville, joined coaches and others in the high school foyer to with Martin well after she sat with family and coaches while signing.


Martin already has quite a resume in track and field, qualifying for the Region I-4A Championships in Lubbock in five events as a freshman and sophomore and four as a junior. She has competed in a total of six separate events in regionals, and that’s just one of her three sports.

Martin has also been to regional events in volleyball and basketball during her Honeybee career and is also a cheerleader. But she’s one of those rare athletes who always pegged track and field as a favorite sport.

Martin was also quick to choose Tarleton, electing not to wait to see if more offers, perhaps even for volleyball, would follow. She chose Tarleton over Dallas Baptist, primarily because of the Tarleton nursing program and because she wants to stay close to home.

Hailey Martin discusses selecting Tarleton State University

Stephenville athletic director and girls track and field head coach Mike Copeland,  a member of the prestigious Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor, says Tarleton is getting more than just an athlete with Martin.

Legendary coach Mike Copeland says competitors like Hailey make him a better person.



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