Viera track teams look to finish strong


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Viera High's Lance Reynolds, left, and Danice Loney are not only hoping to make it to this year's state meet on May 5 and 6 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, the two also are hoping to leave behind a work ethic for their younger teammates to follow.

photo by Carl Kotala

As a four-year track standout at Viera High, senior Lance Reynolds always loves competing in the Cape Coast Conference meet because of how it sets up the rest of the season, particularly for his younger teammates.

This year was no different.

“It was a challenging meet, like it always is,” Reynolds said. “It’s the first big meet going into districts and regionals, it really opens up the eyes for everyone, shows them what they have to do to get to the next level.”

At press time, the Hawks still had to get through their district and regional meets to see who will qualify for the Class 3A state meet, which is set for May 5 and 6 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton (check the Viera Voice website for updates on all postseason track results).

But it’s been a good season for Viera so far under new boys coach Kerron Greaves and veteran girls coach Arlene Ferguson despite having to rely on a very young roster.

“We’ve seen some progressions from our contributors, which is important, and we’ve seen progressions from JV-level kids, so that’s a good thing for the program,” Greaves said.

Reynolds, who runs the 400, 100 and on the 400 relay and 1,600 relay, is hoping to finish his senior year with a trip to the state meet.

“I’ve been getting steady 51s throughout every race I’ve run for the 400 and for the 100, I’ve been getting into the low 11s, almost the 10s,” he said. “It’s been going good. I’m almost there. My goal is to definitely PR by districts if I can.”

Other boys with a chance to do well are junior Gio Allen in the shot put and discus; junior Andrew Santiago in the 400 and long jump sophomore Andy Martinez in the distance events; junior Adrew Scougall in the pole vault; junior Gavin Lamp in the discus and Joseph Avery-Dipolito in the 110 hurdles.

Viera’s 1,600 relay team of Reynolds, Santiago and freshman twins Jacob and Dylan Melby also will be contenders with the help of new sprint coach H.L. Strong.

 “My goal is to clear 11-6,” she said. “I feel I can get there. Definitely at states (if not before that).”

Senior Kaitlyn Jensen should qualify for state once again in both the shot put and discus. 

Other contenders for state berths are senior Sarah Smith in the high jump, freshman Chesna Wilson in the 300 hurdles and freshman Mariah Ross in the 400.