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  • Middle Distance
  • 5-6/120
  • Ind: Junior, Out: Junior
  • Staten Island, N.Y. (St. Peter's HS)
  • BD: 9/03/81 (Brooklyn, N.Y.)



Mile: 4:08.61 - 2002 Adidas Invitational, Lincoln, Neb.
3000m: 8:31.02 - 2002 Gator Invitational, Gainesville, Fla.
800m: 1:51.50 - 2001 Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla.
1500m: 3:48.63 - 2000 SEC Championships, Baton Rouge, La.
5000m: 14:38.31 - 2000 Penn Relays, Philadelphia, Pa.

HONORS: (USATF Junior National Champion) 2000 USATF Junior National Champion - 1500m.

2002 AS A JUNIOR: Bests of 4:08.61 (mile) and 8:31.02 (3000m)... Competed in five meets (all indoors)... personal best of 8:31.02 in the 3,000m at the Gator Invitational... 4:08.61 in the mile at the Adidas Invitational, personal best.

2001 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 1:51.5 (800m), 3:50.72 (1,500m), 4:11.93 (mile) and 8:37.39 (3000m)... Competed in nine meets (five indoors, four outdoors)... Set a personal best of 4:11.93 in the preliminaries of the mile at the SEC Indoor Championships, ninth in the finals... Ran a personal best 8:37.39 at the Gator Invitational 3000m.

2000 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 3:48.63 (1500m), 4:13:24 (Mile), 8:52.66 (3000m) and 14:38.31 (5000m)... Competed in 12 meets (Five Indoors, Seven Outdoors)... USATF Junior National Champion in the 1500m, 3:52.77... Florida Relays champion with 4x1500m Relay (Third leg with Lee, Chambers and Duncan), 15:42.84; second in the 4x800m Relay (Third leg with Abiola, Chambers and Duncan), 7:27.74... Fifth in the SEC Indoor Championships Distance Medley Relay (800m leg with Duncan, Wilkerson and Chambers), 9:57.76.

2000 WINS (2): (o): Florida Relays (3/24) 4x1500m (3): 15:42.84; USATF Jr. Nationals (6/24) 1500m: 3:52.77.

HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: 1998 Junior Olympic 1500m champion... 1998 East Coast Invitational 1500m 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 the 1998 Penn Relays. High School Coach: Dennis Donavan.

PREP BESTS: 800m: 1:52.9; 1500m: 3:58.7; Mile: 4:14.8; i-Mile: 4:16.8. 2-mile: 9:36.5.

"BEYOND THE STATS": Also competes for track club, Kenyan Runners, under coach John Alston... Father was a track athlete in college at Rutgers University... Roommates with teammates Carlos Hinojosa and Moise Joseph... Son of Rolando and Alicia Ortiz... Born Rolando Jose Ortiz Jr., on September 3, 1981 in Brooklyn, N.Y... Has a younger brother, Shawn.

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