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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 7, 2010

Northwest student-athlete dies in motor vehicle accident

Waylon Martensen

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University today has learned of a student-athlete's passing after a motor vehicle accident.

Waylon Martensen, 19, was a passenger in the vehicle, which crashed around 11 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in California, Mo. Martensen was a middle distance runner for the cross country and track teams. He was a sophomore majoring in management information systems.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 11 at the California (Mo.) High School. Burial will be in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery near Florence, Mo. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Morrow. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 10, also at the California High School. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of California Youth Group or the California High School Track Team, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018. More information, including a complete obituary, can be found at .

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the vehicle veered off the right side of a road, before over-correcting and traveling off the left side of the road. The vehicle then overturned and struck a tree, ejecting Martensen and the driver, who were the only occupants. The report indicates neither occupant was wearing his seat belt.

Martensen was pronounced dead at 3:58 a.m. today at a nearby hospital. The driver, a 20-year-old California, Mo., man, suffered a serious injury and is hospitalized.

Head Coach Scott Lorek said Martensen had not been traveling with the track team, which is scheduled to compete in the MIAA Championships this weekend in Pittsburg, Kan., because of a shin injury. Lorek said Martensen remained an integral part of the team and had begun training for the cross country season this fall.

"He was a huge part of the team personality-wise," Lorek said. "There are some kids who are so full of fun and just really enjoying every moment, and he was that kind of kid. Everybody knew him, everybody enjoyed him."

A University counselor met with the track team this morning. Students and other members of the University community who feel the need for counseling services should contact Personal and Development Counseling Services at 660.562.1220.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468