High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Olivia Ortiz

Florida Girls XC ROY: Olivia Ortiz

January, 12, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

THE WINNER: Olivia Ortiz


School: Lakewood Ranch (Fla.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-8


Athletic achievement: Ortiz raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:39.35, leading the Mustangs to third place as a team. Ortiz also won the Little Everglades Pre-State Invitational, the flrunners.com Invitational, the Disney Cross Country Classic, the District 11 Championships and the Region 3 Championships. She captured fifth at the Foot Locker South Regional championships and was 19th nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

Academic excellence: Ortiz has maintained a 3.63 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered on behalf of blood-donation drives and has raised funds for pediatric brain cancer research.

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Eye on POY: Florida girls cross country

December, 26, 2011
The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Bridget Blake
Junior, Dr. Phillips High (Orlando, FL)

2011 Team postseason standing: 8th (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—18:05.62

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 7th—17:26
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 38th—18:36.1

Olivia Ortiz
Junior, Lakewood Ranch High (Lakewood Ranch)

2011 Team postseason standing: 3rd (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): 1st—17:39.35

2011 Foot Locker regional (Place—time): 5th—17:13
2011 Foot Locker nationals (Place—time): 19th—18:05.9

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