Palmetto Ridge’s Carlos Miranda, one of the most decorated runners in Collier County history, added two more medals to his collection before he leaves for Gainesville next season to pursue his career at the University of Florida.
Miranda finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 9:40.32 and third in the 1600 with a time of 4:25.02 at the 3A state finals in Jacksonville on Friday.
Because of the inclement weather — which included 20 mile per hour winds during his race — Miranda had to make some major adjustments in his game plan after his break time between events was shortened by nearly an hour.
“It was a little hectic because of the rainstorms so I kind of had to focus on running the races back-to back,” Miranda said. “But I’d say I’m happy because I learned some stuff from it all.”
Even though he came up just short in his final races, Miranda has no regrets after a high school career that included five school records and three consecutive regional titles.
“I had a lot of great races that I am proud of. I know I didn’t get that state title this year but this is just the beginning,” Miranda said. “I’m expecting big things over the next four years.”
Zach Diaczynski, Naples track — Took runner-up in 3A in the shot put.
Matt Ihm, Barron Collier lacrosse — Scored three times in Cougars’ state quarterfinal game.
Jack McVicker, Naples baseball — Scored the tying and winning runs in a regional quarterfinal victory.
Zeke Pietrzyk, Estero baseball — Threw a complete-game victory and had two hits and an RBI in regional quarterfinals.