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Lakewood Ranch Senior John Rivera Sets New 800m PR Of 1:53.38 In Texas Todd Grasley Feb 13, 2017

Lakewood Ranch senior John Rivera competed in his third indoor contest of 2017 at the Dunamis Sports Group Prep Classic in Texas and picked up his second win in the 800m run. Rivera, who has ran in Ohio, North Carolina, and now the Lonestar State jumped out to the front early and never looked back, crossing the line in a new PR of 1:53.38.

T&F Team Scores - 4A Girls - Southridge Returns All But Two From 2016 Runner-Up Team Todd Grasley Jan 26, 2017

The Southridge girls finished just six points behind 4A state champions Lakewood Ranch in 2016. It's an impressive feat when you take into account they didn't come in first in any event. Of the point scorers on that squad, they return all but two members, including sprinters Symone Mason, Shaniya Williams, and Kayla Johnson, as well as jumper Courtney Gibson and are the favorites to bring home the title.

T&F Team Scores - 4A Boys - 2.5 Points Separated 1st From 4th In 2016, Another Close One In 17' Todd Grasley Jan 26, 2017

Two and a half points separated first from fourth place at the boys 4A state championship in 2016 with the meet coming down to the final event the 4x400m relay. According to our team scores for 2017, St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked number one, but you can't count out Columbus (seen here), or two schools that received major transfers. Miramar benefited from Jamal Walton who is one of the top 200/400m runners in the country, while East Ridge inherited triple threat Tariq Evans and speedster Lavonte Valentine.

Lakewood Ranch's Falco Stars In Multiple Events For Mustangs Todd Grasley Jan 24, 2017

In 2016, Lakewood Ranch High School won the 4A state championship by six points over South Florida power Southridge. The Mustangs' first ever state championship was in large part due to then junior Sophia Falco who scored 32 points out of the team's total 66. Falco, a Vanderbilt signee, was runner-up in the 100m dash, 5th in the 200, first in the long jump, and runner-up in the triple jump. We caught up with her before the official start of the 2017 track season.

Hertenstein-Delay Duel, Steinbrenner Girls Take Down Winter Park, STA Raiders Defend 4A Title Andy Warrener Nov 6, 2016

Bailey Hertenstein and Kayley Delay came into the 4A Cross Country Finals with the top two times regardless of class. In the end it was Hertenstein who came away with her second straight title. On the team front, Steinbrenner ended a two year run by Winter Park at the top of the podium. Matt Doyle of Winter Springs won his first state title to end his senior cross country season, while St. Thomas Aquinas took their third team trophy in four years. Andy Warrener recaps the class 4A meet.

4A State Meet Preview: WP Girls, STA Boys Sure Bets, Boys Ind. Title Up For Grabs Todd Grasley Nov 3, 2016

In the state's largest classification 4A, three of the four state champion individuals and teams from 2015 have a good chance to repeat in 2016. The easiest perhaps is in the team races where the Winter Park girls are looking for their third straight while the St. Thomas Aquinas boys are favorites to go back to back with their core nucleus. Bailey "Hurricane" Hertenstein is the reigning girls champion, is ranked number one, and has lost one race in her whole career as a junior. On the boy's side the title is up for grabs with a group of runners all relatively close in time and skill. We take an in-depth look at the 4A meet.

4A-2 Recap: Riverview's Hertenstein, Hendrix Go 1-2, Lakewood Ranch Boys Edge Newsome By 4 Todd Grasley Oct 29, 2016

Bailey Hertenstein smashed the Holloway Park course record in a time of 18:13.83 with freshman teammate in second place with a time of 18:58.22. On the boy's side it came down to a sprint to the finish with Jordan Gonzalez of Sarasota giving the Sailors a regional champion for the second straight year. Steinbrenner girls dominated with 46 pts. while the Lakewood Ranch boys edged out Newsome by four points 85 to 89. Andy Warrener recaps all the action from 4A Region 2.

WATCH: 7 Girls Under 20 Minutes, ALL Seffner Christian Invitational Race Videos & Interviews Todd Grasley Sep 11, 2016

Holloway Park hosted over 75 teams for the 2016 Seffner Christian Academy Invitational. We were on-site and captured over 3,000 photos in addition to all the race videos including the girls elite race which saw seven girls run under 20 minutes on one of the toughest courses in the state. 4A Cross Country Finals state champion Bailey Hertenstein, ranked #1 in our Saucony Flo 50 rankings was the champion with a time of 18:40.70.

4A Boys Team Rankings: St. Thomas Aquinas Sizzling 21s 1-5 Split Squanders Competition Todd Grasley Aug 5, 2016

Of all the classifications nobody is favored to win more than the boys of St. Thomas Aquinas. The 2015 4A state champions return five of their top seven and have an incredible 1-5 split of 21.89s! The real battle will be for second place where Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Sarasota, and Newsome all have a shot to make the podium and will rely on the back end of their line up to get there. We take a look at the top ten boys teams in 4A.

Sophia Falco, Tristan Schultheis, Win Fan Voted Athletes Of The Year Todd Grasley Aug 1, 2016

The 2016 track and field season was filled with spectacular performances in every discipline. We wanted to know ask the fans which athletes they thought were the best of the best and deserved to be named Florida Track & Field Athletes of the Year. Nearly 9,000 votes came in and the winners are Sophia Falco of Lakewood Ranch High School and Tristan Schultheis of Astronaut High School.

4A Team Scores: 2015 Runner-Up Southridge Looks To Upend South Florida Foe STA Reign Todd Grasley Jan 24, 2016

St. Thomas Aquinas has a string of three straight state championships in 4A dating back to 2013. In 2012, the Raiders' girls were runner-up. According to our team scores, they are the favorites again to win it all, but not so fast. If you take out the 38 points slated for senior Khalifa St. Fort who is competing unattached this season and training under Olympian Ato Boldon, fellow South Florida teammate and 2015 runner-up Southridge is sitting in prime position to end the Raiders reign at the top.

2015 Estero DDD Invitational Has Special Meaning: Virtual Meet/Preview Todd Grasley Sep 4, 2015

The 2015 Estero DDD Invite will have a special meaning this year. Prior to the start of the meet the Village of Estero will proclaim September 5th as Jeff Sommer Day. Coach Sommer who passed away at the state track meet in May was the patriarch of the Wildcat family. His 3D mantra of dedication, discipline, and desire will live on Saturday at Estero Community Park as over 45 teams make the trek to South Florida! will be in full force for our meet of the week with photos, race videos, interviews, results, and a complete recap of the day!

Salute To Seniors: Mitch Arnold - Lakewood Ranch High School Todd Grasley Jun 3, 2014

The 2013-2014 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.  

3A Region 3: Rhynes Sweeps Sprints In Windy 10.37 & 21.57, Harding & Slater Battle To Line In 1600 Andy Warrener Apr 24, 2014

Lakewood Ranch girls cruised to a 3A Region 3 title at Leto High School in Tampa Wednesday, out-pacing Golden Gate 77 to 44. Estero was third with 40. On the boys side, Sarasota edged Ida S. Baker 40 to 39 with Armwood, Hillsborough and Jefferson tied with 37. Middleton's Shug Rhynes swept the sprints with impressive marks of 10.37w and 21.67w respectively s hewhile Samson Moore proves he is back in the hurdles. In the girl's 1600m run four girls battled it out with Emily Harding of Sarasota edging out Estero's Katie Slater 5:03.60 to 5:03.80.  

Thank You Flrunners From The Class Of 2013 Olivia Ortiz May 29, 2013

Hi everyone!  As this year’s track season has come to an end and another exciting year comes to a close, the 2013 seniors are heading out of the high school arena.  Many XC/Track & Field seniors and I are graduating, and for some getting ready for the collegiate running world.  I have been reflecting on my four years of high school running and all those I am grateful for having an impact, flrunners is certainly one of them.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Mar 20, 2013

Hi everyone.I would like to congratulate everyone on a tremendous track season so far! Everyone should be so proud of themselves to see their hard work, dedication, and commitment paying off. It’s truly inspiring to see how Florida is filled with a powerhouse of track and field stars. Since it is still pretty early in the season, only the best is yet to come! 

Natalie Novak Commits to University of South Florida Press Release Dec 12, 2012

Lakewood Ranch High School senior Natalie Novak is going to “run with the bulls” in Tampa starting in the fall 2013. Head Coach Dena Reif of the University of South Florida has offered Novak a scholarship to join their cross-country & track teams. During her four year running career with the Lady Mustangs, Natalie’s elite times of 18:48 in the 5K and 2:16 in the 800 meter have made her a highly sought after athlete by other Florida Universities and others schools as far away as DePaul University in Chicago.

The College Decision Is In For Ortiz Todd Grasley Nov 19, 2012

Lakewood Ranch senior Olivia Ortiz has had a great high school career. Ortiz was named Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year in Florida in 2011 after finishing first at the 3A Cross Country Finals and was a Foot Locker National Finalist. Recently, she announced where she will spend the next four years of her collegiate running career.

Kristin Zarrella's College Announcement Todd Grasley Nov 5, 2012

Lakewood Ranch senior Kristin Zarrella has decided to end her college recruitment. Zarella has been an integral part of the Lady Mustangs' track and field and cross country programs. As a junior she was a member of the state winning 4x800 meter relay team and finished 36th at the 3A Cross Country Finals. She recently sat down with correspondent and Lakewood Ranch teammate Olivia Ortiz to announce where she will spend the four next years of her running career.

Champion Coach Leads Champion Team Todd Grasley Oct 16, 2012

The new Lakewood Ranch High School cross country coach Kristina Bratton is no stranger to the limelight. She won the state championships four years in a row, from seventh grade to her senior year at Bradenton Christian.(via

Road To Recovery: Olivia Ortiz - August Update Olivia Ortiz Aug 21, 2012

Hi everyone! I just wanted to give the Florida running family a quick update on how I am doing. I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer or has had a great start to their school year. Summer has flown by and now we all await to see the tremendous cross country season to get underway. 

Olivia Ortiz: The Road To Recovery Olivia Ortiz Jul 13, 2012

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with the Florida running family an update on how I am doing. Thank you again flrunners for letting me share. Once again, I greatly appreciate everyone’s kind thoughts and prayers while I overcome this bump in my journey. 

Salute To Seniors: Devin McDermott - Lakewood Ranch Todd Grasley Jul 7, 2012

It was a great 2011-2012 in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. Many of our seniors will soon be on their way to start their college careers both athletically and academically so we wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature.

Lakewood Ranch Star On Her Road To Recovery Todd Grasley May 15, 2012

Olivia Ortiz was at the peak of her high school career. The Lakewood Ranch junior had captured a cross country state title and was capping off the year with a great run outdoors with a championship in the 4x800 meter relay, and a runner up finish in the 1600 meters, before the injury bug struck. Ortiz fell to the track with 50 meters left in the 3200 meters. The diagnosis a broken femur. In an flrunners exclusive she shares with us what happened in that moment, the surgery following, how she is holding up now.

McDermott's A Gator Todd Grasley May 8, 2012

Several days after anchoring the Lakewood Ranch ladies to a state championship in the 4x800m relay senior Devin McDermott announced she will be running collegiately for the University of Florida. She says the recruiting process was definitely overwhelming, but at the end of the day she had to focus on what was going to benefit her most and which place just felt right.

Ortiz Resting After Surgery For Broken Femur Todd Grasley May 8, 2012

Lakewood Ranch track and cross country star Olivia Ortiz reportedly is resting well in a Jacksonville hospital after successful surgery for a broken femur suffered Friday at the Class 3A state track meet at the University of North Florida. (via Bradenton Herald )

Ortiz Named Gatorade Florida Girls XC Runner Of The Year Todd Grasley Jan 13, 2012

Our Warrior of the Year Olivia Ortiz can now add another title to her already impressive resume. The Lakewood Ranch junior was named the Gatorade Florida GIrls Cross Country Runner Of The Year.  Ortiz took home the individual state championship at the 3A meet and advanced to Foot Locker Nationals where she finished 19th among the nation's top runners.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz On The Foot Locker Experience Olivia Ortiz Dec 14, 2011

Sadly, the 2011 cross country season has come and gone and now another season in the past. To say the least, it was an action packed competitive season including too many nail biting races to name. As much anticipation awaits for the season to begin, once it gets started it seems that weeks filled with hours of practicing and competitive races fly by. Looking back, over the entire season it has been quite exciting for the sunshine state and I cannot wait to see what the track and field season has in store.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Todd Grasley Nov 23, 2011

The crowd cheered, anticipation was in the air, and the final gun went off to conclude the exciting 2011 cross country season this past Saturday morning. The state meet always can be expected to bring the most excitement of the season while creating a race stage for the best of the best in Florida to compete. 

McDermott National Finalist For Wendy's Heisman Todd Grasley Nov 14, 2011

Lakewood Ranch senior Devin McDermott is one of twelve national finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman. McDermott is a three sport athlete who competes in soccer, track and field, as well as cross country for the Mustangs. The criteria was based on a combination of athletic achievements, academic excellence, and community leadership.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Nov 14, 2011

Hello! I hope everyone had a great Regional meet this past weekend! After all the many cross country weekends this season, taking place in all different locations around the state of Florida, I can finally write in my blog this week that the next race is the state meet taking place in Dade City.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Todd Grasley Nov 7, 2011

Hello everyone! Where has the time gone? I can’t believe this past weekend Districts took place already. It’s crazy how time flies. Before I talk about my District experience this past weekend I wanted to share my thoughts about the sport we all love...cross country.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Oct 31, 2011

This past Saturday I finally ran very close to home in the Manatee County Championship which included sven other local high schools. I was very excited to have a race finally in Lakewood Ranch; making it very convenient for family and friends to watch. Coming into the county meet, I had a feeling it might be a little different race compared to the other highly competitive races during this cross country season.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Oct 17, 2011

As I knew it would be, this past Saturday morning was intense facing the best competition in the state. Stepping off the bus, about an hour before race time there was a crisp chill in the air making it perfect racing weather similar to last year’s chilly conditions. The Pre State Invitational is a great opportunity to run the state course.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Oct 10, 2011

Wow! What an exciting past two weekends filled with cross country! Last weekend, I raced in the Invitational in Titusville. Going into the race I was faced with a bad head cold, but I was determined not to let it bring me down. 

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Sep 26, 2011

What a great cross country weekend! This weekend the Lakewood Ranch team and I ran in the Mountain Dew Invitational at the University of Florida. We all stayed in a hotel the night before since Gainesville is a three hour drive from Lakewood Ranch. That always makes for great fun and bonding time as a team. I was very excited and focused about this race throughout this week. As a team, we were excited about racing on the Gator campus again and then the opportunity to watch the college races, which is really inspiring before the start of our race.

In Her Own Words: Olivia Ortiz Olivia Ortiz Sep 19, 2011

My name is Olivia Ortiz and I am a junior at Lakewood Ranch. First, I want to say thank you to flrunners for letting me contribute to their incredible website! What a great opportunity and honor to be apart of. What an amazing start to the 2011 season with the first two races having intense competition, forcing everyone to get into race mode. Opening race last week was the Déjà vu Invitational in Tampa also know as the “mudfest”. 

Warrior of the Week: Godwin, Ortiz Todd Grasley Sep 13, 2011

Buchholz senior Chris Godwin and Lakewood Ranch junior Olivia Ortiz are this week's Warrior of the Week. Godwin won the Ridgeview Bob Hans Invitational in a season best time of 15:48.77. Ortiz ran a gutsy performance at the 2011 Deja Vu Invitational on a mud soaked course. She finished just three-tenths of a second behind winner Kacy Smith in 18:26.30.

Mustangs Find Inspiration Through Music Todd Grasley Aug 19, 2011

A trail run just isn't the same without a little music. The Lakewood Ranch girls' cross country team might be mistaken for the cast of Glee, as they belt out the Foundations' hit single "Build Me Up Buttercup" during workouts. Junior Olivia Ortiz says the squad doesn't discriminate when it comes to the classics."We mostly sing while we are in the middle of runs. We sing oldies and new songs. It's pretty much whatever comes to our heads at the moment. I think singing is just a way for us to make what we are doing fun."

Lakewood Ranch: One Week at a Time Jason Byrne Oct 11, 2010

Though considered by many to be the top girls team in the state at the season's midway point, Lakewood Ranch still feels like they are the underdogs.  They looked like anything but with their dominant victory at Disney this past weekend, blowing by the out-of-state competition and looking forward to a showdown with 3A rival Chiles at Prestate on Saturday.