It was two years before Ritz won his title. Abdirizak Mohamud won the first year, then Torres finally won his title (after being there for 4 years). Ritz was a sophomore the year Torres won, where his teammate Jason Hartmann was like 5th and he was 9th or something. Then Ritz won twice, and another MI runner, Tim Moore won the last year in Orlando.
It's a shame because I think we really had a chance for the Balboa record to go down with Ritz. His senior year he was coming off his 14:10 5K at the MI state meet (where went 4:24-4:34-4:40, beating Moore by :55), a 14:35 on the challenging Kenosha FL Midwest course (where he broke his own 14:55 record from the year before).
For comparison's sake, we can use Solinsky's senior season (which was much like the senior season Ritz had). He went 14:47 at Kenosha and 14:41 at Balboa. In fact, most previous FL champions from the Midwest region run faster at Balboa: Scott Fry, Bob Kennedy, Brian Grosso, Adam Goucher, Abdul Alzindani, Chris Solinsky, Michael Fout. Ritz would have put the record right around 14:30 I tell ya.