May 7, 1991
Martha Pinto of Katella High School, one of the best female distance runners in Orange County prep history, signed a letter of intent to attend Kansas State in the fall, Kansas State Coach John Capriotti said Monday. Pinto won four Orange County cross-country titles in four years. In track, she recorded the fifth-fastest 3,200-meter time (10 minutes 42.51 seconds) in county history last spring to place second in the State championship. Pinto also visited Utah State and Cal State Los Angeles.
April 6, 1991 |
On a balmy evening last June, Kevin Carlson and Martha Pinto, teammates at Katella High School, danced in gleeful celebration as more than 10,000 track and field fans watched at Cerritos College. Distance, height and time brought the pair together, an odd couple if ever there was one. Carlson, 6-feet-4, had just cleared 7 feet in the high jump, breaking a seven-year-old Orange County record.
October 9, 1990
School: Katella High School Sport: Cross-Country Class: Senior It's rather odd: Katella's Martha Pinto has won three Orange County championships but had never defeated Edison's Shelley Taylor. She never even expected to. But at the Central Park Cross-Country Invitational Saturday, Pinto used the hills to pass Taylor twice and finally beat her in the Division II race. Pinto had a slight lead after the first mile of the three-mile course, but Taylor went ahead of Pinto twice in the second mile.
September 10, 1990 |
Soaring through space and exploring outer galaxies, Martha Pinto says, has always been one of her greatest dreams. Becoming an astronaut has been her long-time goal. But Pinto's friends tell her to forget it. "They say it will be too hard for me because I am too short," said Pinto, a 4-foot-11, 102-pound senior at Katella High School. "They say, 'It's not possible for you. Don't think about it; it won't happen.' " You would think her friends would know better.
May 8, 1990 |
Patience has never been one of Martha Pinto's virtues. Pinto, a Katella High School junior, generally believed that the harder and faster she ran in practice, the better she would do in competition. But like many runners who overdo, Pinto was more often hurt than healthy. Last fall, she suffered a hip injury during the cross-country season that slowed her training to a near-shuffle.
May 5, 1989
Tracey Fatone proved that last week's victory over Martha Pinto was no fluke as the freshman again defeated Pinto in the 1,600 meters to help Los Alamitos High School win the girls' Empire League track and field finals Thursday at Fullerton College. The Griffins finished with 123 points. Esperanza was second with 112 1/2, and Loara finished in third place with 85. Fatone pulled away in the last 200 yards to win in 5 minutes 10.5 seconds. Pinto was second in 5:16.9. Fatone's victories marked only the second time in three years that Katella's Pinto has lost consecutive races.