Thursday, January 12, 2012

Prep cross country: Lakewood Ranch's Ortiz named Gatorade girls runner of the year

(photo provided by Olivia Ortiz)
Another day, another accolade for Lakewood Ranch cross country star Olivia Ortiz.
The Mustangs junior has been named the Gatorade Florida Girls Runner of the Year and is now a finalist for Gatorade's National Runner of the Year honor.
Ortiz won the Class 3A state girls title with a time of 17:39 and clinched a berth in the Foot Locker national meet in San Diego, where Ortiz placed 19th.
Ortiz was also named the girls runner of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers.
But the Gatorade award recognizes other factors as well, and Ortiz was a winner thanks in part to her grades - she sports a 3.63 grade-point average - and her work the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Ortiz has also donated her time at local blood drives and has helped raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.

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