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Rolando Ortiz
  • Senior
  • Staten Island, N.Y.
  • St. Peters High School
  • Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • NCAA Cross Country Qualifier - 2001
  • Cross Country All-South Region - 2000-01
  • Cross Country All-SEC - 2000-01
  • USATF Junior National 1,500m Champion - 2000

Has six career top-10 finishes (best of third twice) and bests of 20:41.19 (4-mile) and 24:54.54 (8k) 31:18.04 (10k), 4:08.61 (imile), 8:31.02 (i3,000m), 1:51.50 (o800m), 3:48.63 (o1,500m), 14:38.31 (o5,000m).

2001: Florida's only NCAA Championships qualifier ... Earned All-SEC and All-South Region honors ... Finished third overall at the UCF Invitational ... Finished fourth at the Florida Intercollegiates ... Florida's top finisher and fourth overall at the Greensboro Invitational with a time of 25:27 ... Earned All-SEC honors with his 13th place showing at the Southeastern Conference Championships ... Was Florida's top finisher at the SEC Championships with his career-best 8k time of 24:54.54 ... Also Florida's top finisher at South Region Championships in eighth place overall with a 31:23.27 10k time ... Finished 164th of 244 harriers in his first outing to the NCAA Championships with a 31:38 10k time.

2000: Competed in all six races, finishing no lower than third on the team... Earned All-South honors for the first time in his career with a 13th-place time of 31.46.36 at the regional championships ... Finished 15th, the final award-winning spot, at the SEC Championships with a time of 26:00.35 for his first ever All-SEC award ... Finished second on the team with a 22nd overall finish at the Wolverine Interregional with a time of 25:58.00 ... Had a career-best performance with a third place time of 26:06.99 at the Gator Invitational ... Registered his fifth career top-10 finish with a seventh-place time of 26:01.50 at the Tennessee Invitational ... Ran a personal best 20:41.19 for a personal best finish of third at the Nike Twi-Light Invitational.

1999: Competed in six meets ... Placed fourth for the Gators and 32nd overall at the NCAA South Regional in 31:18.04...Finished seventh for the Gators and 48th overall at the SEC Championships in 27:37.80 ... Was 59th at the Wolverine Interregional in 26:30 ... Ninth overall at the Gator Invitational in a personal best 25:56.29 ... Third for Florida at the Sam Bell Invitational, 67th overall ... Had first top-10 finish with sixth place run at Nike Twi-Light in 21:09.58.

Track Highlights: Won the USATF Junior National 1,500m title with a time of 3:52.77 in 2000 ... Ran the third leg of t he 2000 Florida Relays Champion 4x1500m relay ... Ran the 800m leg of the DMR at the 2000 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships to take fifth.

Prep: 1998 Junior Olympic 1500m champion ... 1998 East Coast Invitational Champion ... With St. Peter's High, won the 1998 state title in the 4x800m (7:49) ... Finished second at the 1999 Penn Relays in the 4x800m (7:43) ... High School DMR took fourth at 1998 Penn Relays.

Personal: Born Rolando Jose Ortiz on Sept. 3, 1981 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Son of Rolando and Alice Ortiz ... Has one brother, Shawn.


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