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Eagles Mourn the Loss of Francesca Martino
Courtesy: Alison Smalling, Sports Information Director
          Release: 10/21/2009
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Embry-Riddle Athletic Department is mourning the loss of former cross country and track and field student-athlete Francesca Martino. Martino passed away after succumbing to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while on her way to her internship with United Space Alliance in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday morning. 

 Martino competed for ERAU’s cross country team from 2004-07 and for the track team from 2005-08. She helped the Eagles to back-to-back cross country conference titles in 2006 and 2007, as well as conference league titles in track in 2007 and 2008. Martino garnered her own individual honors as she was an All-Region cross selection as a senior, shaving close to three minutes off her 5K time from the start to the end of her college career. She was the 2005 regional champion in the 3,000m steeple chase and currently holds the program record for the 2,000m steeple chase (9:07.44). Martino was also named the Academic All-Conference teams in 2004 and 2005 .

Originally from St. Petersburg, Fla., Martino was also very active on the Embry-Riddle campus. In addition to her athletic activities, she was very active in the Student Government Association and the Tri Sigma sorority.

“Francesca was one of those people that touched a lot of lives on campus and in the community,” ERAU head cross country and track and field coach Mike Rosolino said. “She had a great energy and a passion for life, her friends and her team. She worked hard and played hard, and accomplished a lot while she was here. She gave her all in everything she did.”

Memorial services for Martino will begin with a viewing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. A funeral mass will be held on Oct. 24 at 11 a.m., also at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Francesca Martino College Fund. Embry-Riddle will also hold a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at ERAU's Interfaith Chapel.

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