Anthony Ortolan
Anthony Ortolan
Year: Junior
Hometown: Pleasant Hill, Calif.
High School: College Park HS
Position: Distance

Anthony Ortolan has quickly become a dual threat scorer for the Gauchos on the track. He took 7th in the 3000m steeple at the 2013 Big West Championships and came back to take 6th place in the 5000m. After a break-through cross country season, look for him to continue to translate his strength onto the track in the distance events.

Ortolan notched his first collegiate win, in the 800m, to open the 2013 season at the Gaucho Round Up. Ran his first 3000m steeple at the Cal Poly Dual Meet, running a 9:44.68. Continued that settple success at the Big West Championship where he placed 7th in only his second race over the barriers, running a new best of 9:33.94.. Ran a lifetime track 5k PR at the Irvine Spring Break competition with a 14:53.53 effort.

Appeared in nine meets as a freshman. Had a season best 1500m at the Oxy Invite with a 3:51.99. Ran 14:58.84 in his first track 5k to take second at the Cal Poly Invitational.

Was the Cross Country NCS team champion his Sophomore and Junior year at College Park High School... Qualified his Sophomore year in the 800m of the NCS Meet of Champions... Placed 9th place at state cross country meet junior year... State meet qualifier in the 800m Junior year... Ran Mt. Sac with the time of 15:18 his senior year... Finished 25th in Div. 1 with time of 15:30 at State Cross Country meet senior year... Broke the  school record in both the 800, 1600, Distance Medley Relay, and the 4X1600 relay... Captain of the track and cross country team both Junior and Senior year... Track team MVP his Junior and Senior year... Placed second at the NCS Cross Country finals individually... His Cross Country team placed second his Senior Year... His Junior Year he placed third in the 800 at the NCS Meet of Champions.

Son of Don and Sharon Ortolan... Scholar Athlete and honor roll all 4 years of high school... Played soccer for a club team and his high school...His  most memorable sports moment is competing in the 800 at the state meet his junior year... Favorite sports team is the San Jose Sharks.. His favorite athletes are Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Chris Solirsky, Michael Johnson, and Nick Symmonds... Favorite movies are Inception, Dark Knight, Casino Royale, and the Prestige... Enjoys books by Ken Kesey and Laura Hillenbrand... He enjoys going to the beach, swimming, biking, trying new things, and traveling.

Personal Bests
5000m- 14:53.53  (2013 UC Irvine Spring Break Invite)
3000m Steeple- 9:33.94  (2013 Big West Championships)

Big West Championships
2013- 3000m Steeple, 7th, 9:33.94
2013- 5000m, 6th, 15.14.76