Ortiz named Gatorade Runner of the Year

Lakewood Ranch junior Olivia Ortiz has been named girls' cross country Gatorade Runner of the Year for Florida. Ortiz won the Class 3A state title this season and placed fifth at the Foot Locker South Regional.

Ortiz's coach is quoted in the official POY announcement:

“Olivia is a true champion on and off the field,” said Lakewood Ranch track & field coach Mark Napier. “Her strong leadership, humble demeanor and athletic drive place her in a class of her own.”

To read the entire announcement, click here. To see the winners in all 50 states, click here.

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