"She's a very hard worker and I love training with her," Martinez says. "She has so much heart and she just pushes herself. She's very upbeat about everything that she does and I'm very grateful that she's my teammate.
"She lives all the way in Santa Clarita and I do appreciate her driving every day out here — I know it must be a challenge for her. She's just so determined."
Zamudio's track season has been filled with second- and third-place finishes — she also earned a victory in the 1,500 at the Western State Conference Inland meet at Bakersfield College on March 30 — although Zamudio admits to being a little intimidated by her competition early on.