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JAMES RIVERA

Player profile

position
Hurdles
year
Freshman
hometown
Bradenton, Fla.
high school
Lakewood Ranch

BIO:

PERFORMANCE PROFILE

Freshman hurdler from 4A powerhouse Lakewood Ranch…was the 2019 Florida 4A state runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles and won the 2018 Florida 4A title in the same event…advanced to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the 2019 USATF U20 Championships, placing eighth in the personal-best of 13.86…finished sixth in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles at the USATF U20 Championships.

2020

Indoor: Saw action in three meets…competed in the 400 at the Orange & Purple Invitational and the Bob Pollock Invitational…also ran the 4×400 at the Orange & Purple and closed out his season by competing in the 800 for the first time at the Tiger Paw Invitational.

Personal

Promising hurdler at the collegiate level after a decorated high school career…projects as an impact performer in the 400 hurdles based on his 2019 personal-best of 37.11, which he ran in a runner-up finish at the Great Southwest Classic and ranked No. 22 nationally…also finished 10th at New Balance Nationals in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best of  52.81…also owns a 110-meter hurdles personal best of 13.86…was Florida 4A 300 hurdles runner-up in 2019…won six of 10 300-meter hurdles finals as a senior, including FSU Relays, district and region titles…was runner-up at prestigious Arcadia Invitational in California…was the 2018 4A state champion in the 300 hurdles with a junior year best of 37.14…also placed seventh in 110-meter hurdles finals…was a four-year member of the track & field team at Lakewood Ranch…also ran cross country as a freshman…brother John Rivera Jr. also starred at Lakewood Ranch in the middle distance events and is a junior competing for Ole Miss…the son of John and Susan Rivera…his father played soccer at Penn State…is undecided on a major…born Nov. 16, 2000.