Team effort leads to Viera’s first CCC track title


Members of the Viera High boys track and field team pose with the Cape Coast Conference championship trophy. It was the first CCC boys title in program history.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Ken Reda

Now that’s how you win a championship.

The Viera High boys track and field team won its first-ever Cape Coast Conference championship last week not because of one star’s individual performance, but because of the performance of the whole team.

Viera scored points in every single boys event, which was held at Astronaut High.

Senior Shamaar Mohr won the long jump (22-8 ½) and triple jump (44-6 ¼) for Viera, while Davis Mallinger not only placed in four events, but had a personal best time in three of them.

The sophomore was fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.20), fourth in the 200 (22.95) and second in the 400 (40.55). He was also part of the 4x400 relay team that placed third.

Another sophomore, Jeremiah Housey, also had a big day. He was third in the 100 (10.98) and finished second in the 200 with a personal best 22.46. He was also a member of Viera’s 4x100 relay team that finished second.

The shot put turned out to be a big event for Viera.

Sophomore Julius Barfield threw a personal best 45-8 ½ to take second place. He was followed by junior Cooper Davis (45-1) in third and senior Gavin Lamp (44-11 ½) in fourth place.

Lamp was also fifth in the discus (129-5).

The Hawks also finished back-to-back in the 800 meters, with senior Sean Coleman III placing second (2:04.22) and junior Colby Karl third (2:04.64).

Senior Andy Martinez was second and had his personal best time in the 1,600 meters (4:32.55). He also finished third in the 3,200 (10:01.66).

Senior Deantalique Shelburne was second in both the 110-meter hurdles (15.89) and the 300 hurdles (41.59).

Those performances helped the Viera boys score 160 points, which was enough to top second-place Rockledge, which had 132.5.

Viera’s girls, meanwhile, finished in fourth place and had a number of outstanding performances as well.

Junior Moriah Ross was second in the 800 (2:30.24) and sophomore Isabella Babilonia took second in the 3,200 (11:47.29). Viera also took third in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Junior Madelyn Shafer was fourth in the triple jump (34-5 ½) and fifth in the long jump (16-6 ½). Sophomore Casi Ramirez placed fifth in the triple jump (33-1 ¾).

“Overall it was an incredible overall team effort,” Viera boys coach Ken Reda wrote in an email. “All of our coaches -- Tyrone Giscomb, Scott Baker, Kevin Maloney and (girls varsity track coach) Odieka Giscomb -- did a tremendous job preparing our kids to compete and win.”