Girls track and field | Athlete of the year, honorable mention

May 31, 2013 


Kristin Zarrella, sr., Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: Zarrella had 12 first-place finishes in 2013, capped off by winning the Class 3A state 800-meter run championship. She was the Manatee County champ in the 400, 800 and 1,600 runs and was district and region champ in the 800. Her personal high school records are 800 run (2 minutes, 14.06 seconds), 400 dash (59.42), 1,600 run (5:02.95), 3200 run (11:29), 3.1 miles (18:27).

Fast fact: Zarrella started out her high school career specializing in the 3,200 and 1,600 meter runs, but wanted something shorter and in her junior year switched to the 800, which she says she enjoys more because it takes less time.

Up next: Zarrella is headed to Southern Mississippi on an athletic scholarship. She hopes to run cross country and compete in 800 run.

Honorable mention

Bayshore -- Joy Norman, soph. jumps.

Braden River -- Kayla Gray, jr., sprints.

Cardinal Mooney -- Grace Casagrande, jr., distance.

Lakewood Ranch -- Olivia Ortiz, sr., distance; Talia Falco, soph., hurdles, long jump; Rheya Jackson, soph., triple jump; Katie Wray, soph., distance; Cree Lotterer, frosh, pole vault.

Out-Of-Door Academy -- Catherine Williams, soph., triple jump; Ashtin Frank, sr., pole vault; Madison Shaw, soph., hurdles.

Palmetto -- Jermisha Collins, soph., jumps, sprints; Jessica McKinney, jr., distance; Christina Atkinson, sr., throws; Janae Bragg, frosh., throws,

Saint Stephen's -- Jane Lindsay, soph., triple jump, middle distance; Hannah Howell, sr., hurdles; Lauren Csubak., jr., middle distance.

-- Alan Dell, Herald staff

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