Franklinton’s James signs with Southeastern for track

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Franklinton’s Martavius James signed a letter of intent earlier this year attend Southeastern Louisiana University and compete for the Lions’ track and field team.

“I feel like it’s a big opportunity for me to get to run at the next level and show my talent off,” James said.

James said he was open to everyone that came and talked to him, and talked about some of the reasons he chose Southeastern.

“I like their program,” James said. “It’s a good school and a good education and things like that.”

At Franklinton, James was a runner, competing in the 200 meters and 400 individually and he was part of the Demons’ 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams.

James said his best time in the 200 was 22.0 seconds and his personal record for the 400 was 49.4.

James ran track for four years at Franklinton. He felt like he was pretty fast, so he tried out for the team and made it.

“Ever since, I’ve been running and grinding,” James said.

James’ senior season at Franklinton was a memorable one, as he reached the podium in his second time competing at the state meet. His junior year saw him reach the podium as a member of the 4×200 relay team.

This year, he was there for his third-place 400 time of 49.89 seconds. He missed out on first place by just 0.8 seconds.

He was also part of the Demons’ 4×400 relay team that finished seventh best in the state for Class 4A.

Blake Wilson, who was Franklinton’s track coach the last four years, praised James’ accomplishments.

“I have watched Martavius run for four years, and to see him grow into the sprinter he has become and to be given the opportunity to run at the next level puts a big smile on my face,” Wilson said.

Wilson also said that James’ potential will grow at SLU with the Lions’ great program and their coaches.

Athletically, James also played football for the Demons.