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Sarasota County Schools Track Teams Go the Extra Mile

SARASOTA COUNTY, April 10, 2018 – Sarasota County School District athletic programs continue to excel as the middle school and high school track team district championships took place earlier this month. On Wednesday, April 4, middle school track teams concluded a great season at the county championship track meet at North Port High School. The girls team from Pine View and boys team from Booker Middle School took home the top prize. Likewise, the high school district championship track meet took place on Thursday, April 5 with Riverview High School winning the girls competition and Sarasota High School winning the boys division.

“Student athletes throughout the school district have had a remarkable year,” commented Todd Bowden, school superintendent. “From academic excellence to gains on the field, court and track, our athletic programs are unrivaled. I am proud of our schools, student athletes and coaching staff who continue to showcase the strength of Sarasota County Schools.”

“From individuals to team sports, Sarasota County athletic programs have experienced tremendous success this year,” noted James Slaton, district athletic director. “These students have trained exceptionally hard and their efforts have paid off. All of the students who participated in an athletic program this year should feel really good about their accomplishments.”

This has been an incredible year for Sarasota County Schools athletic programs who have achieved impressive results throughout the 2017 – 2018 school year, including:

  • Riverview Boys Basketball finished 1st in the state for Team GPA
  • Riverview Girls Basketball, Venice Girls Basketball and Venice Wrestling finished 2nd in the state for Team GPA
  • Venice Volleyball finished 2nd in the state for Team GPA
  • North Port Football finished 3rd in the state for Team GPA
  • Venice High School senior, Dan Stone, won the FHSAA 2A Wrestling State Championship in the 138lb weight class
  • Booker High School senior, Christian McKay, won the FHSAA 1A Girls State Weightlifting Championship
  • Venice Football won the 7A State Championship
  • Venice Girls Volleyball won the 8A State Championship
  • Riverview Boys Swimming won the 4A State Championship (their 4th straight State Championship)
  • Riverview Boys Swimming won the 400 Freestyle Relay State Championship (Zander Gardner, Rene Strezenicky, JJ Corrigan, Brendan Firlie)
  • Sarasota’s Ben Hartvigsen won the individual Cross-country State Championship
  • Venice’s Kristen Nutter won the 3A State Championship in the 100-yard butterfly

Athletics is one pillar of the Triple-A focus of Sarasota County Schools that includes academics, the arts and athletics, all of which work to develop a well-rounded educational experience for students throughout the district.

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