Hawks hope to have perfect timing


The Viera boys cross country team could be on the verge of another strong season, especially considering the top five runners are all running within 30 seconds of each other.

photo courtesy of Jon Campbell

Timing is everything … especially in a sport like cross country.

That’s why it’s so valuable to have a group of five runners who are posting times that are so close to each other, just like the Viera boys cross country team.

The Hawks’ top five – seniors Josh Dean, Alex Krestan and Colin Quigley, junior Jack Gillespie and sophomore Andy Martinez are running within 30 seconds of each other.

That can prove quite advantageous down the road for the Hawks and new coach Jon Campbell if they can maintain those close times among the group throughout the season.

Campbell, who ran cross country and track at Viera before graduating in 2012, has taken over for Ron Abel, who had to leave the program when his job transferred him out of town.

Krestan said it’s been fun having Campbell as a coach, but added it’s also involved a lot of hard work as the team is emphasizing speed work.

He is hoping to drop his time below the 17-minute mark by the end of the season.

“The team’s doing really well,” Krestan said. “We’re all dropping our times steadily. I feel like we can get to states.”

In fact, the Hawks have a good shot at winning their district and regional titles on the way to the state meet, where they will try to improve on last year’s 11th-place finish.

“The boys are pretty confident,” Campbell said. “They really do want to perform well at all the meets. They know how good they are now. All five of them typically perform very well in the meets together. 

“It’s very rare to have a team where all top five guys are very close to each other. It’s usually spread apart. We’re trying to take advantage of that as much as we can.”