Lakewood Ranch High senior distance runners Kristin Zarella captured Lakewood’s lone individual regional championship while helping lead the Lady Mustangs to a third-place finish at the Class 3A-Region 3 meet April 25, at Charlotte High.
Fellow distance runner Olivia Ortiz also will return to the state meet after qualifying in the 3200. Ortiz spent much of the past year rehabbing after breaking her femur at last year’s state meet. She finally returned to the track in March.
As a regional champion, Zarrella, along with the top four finishers in each event, will advance to the Class 3A Track and Field Finals May 3 in Jacksonville.
State Qualifiers Include:
Olivia Ortiz (3200)
Kristin Zarrella (800)
Talia Falco (100 hurdles, high jump and long jump)
Girls 4x400 relay
Zac D’Urso (pole vault)
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Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.
River Club’s Cheryl Kaufman says she’s still pinching herself.
A little “Ho! Ho! Ho!” can go a long way this holiday season.