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  Christian Ritacco

Christian Ritacco

Player Profile


Niceville, Fla.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 165


Criminal Justice

2009 XC: Strong runner for the Spartans ... Was the second Spartan to cross the finish line at three of the meets ... Recorded season-best time of 26:29 at the Eye Opener (9/5), as he finished 11th ... Finished 15th at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) and earned all-freshman team accolades ... Finished 23rd at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational (9/18).

Before USC Upstate: A four-year letterman in cross country and track and field, earning all-county honors in cross country his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Won the county championships as a senior with a time of 16:04 and helped to lead Niceville to the team title ... Also was the 4A District cross country runner-up, the 4A Region cross country runner up, and earned a seventh-place finish at the 4A Florida Cross Country Championships with a personal-best time of 15:55 ... Dropped his 5k personal best from 17:06 in his junior season to 15:55 in his senior campaign ... Earned a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star meet selection and finished eighth in the senior race at the 2008 Footlocker South Regional (16:11) and was a part of the All-South Senior Team ... Named the 2009 Northwest Florida Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... Took second in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:41.80 at the Florida Class 4A Track & Field Championships.

Personal: Born on April 29, 1991 ... Son of Christopher and Kathy Ritacco ... Has a sister, Meagan, who is a sophomore on West Florida's cross country team ... A criminal justice major ... Favorite foods are lasagna and lobster ... Favorite movie is "Tears of the Sun" ... Enjoys swimming, surfing, writing music and playing the guitar ... Admires his mom.

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