Viera boys, girls sweep district track championships


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Vera's boys and girls track teams pose for a photo after sweeping the district championships at Sebastian River High School on Tuesday.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Viera track & field

The Viera High track team came back with not one, but two first-place trophies from this year’s Class 3A, District 13 championship meet at Sebastian River High on Tuesday.

That’s right, it was a clean sweep.

Viera’s boys followed up their first-ever Cape Coast Conference win with another dominating performance and Viera’s girls left the other teams in the dust, winning their meet by 71 points.

“Our athletes did a tremendous job competing yesterday with several Hawks earning district championships,” Viera track coach Ken Reida wrote in an email. “All of the coaches -- Tyrone Giscombe, Scott Baker, Kevin Maloney and Odieka Giscombe -- did an amazing job getting our athletes to compete at such a high level.”

On the girls side, junior Madelyn Shafer won the long jump (15-8 ¼) and the triple jump (32-2). Another junior, Moriah Ross, ran all by herself to win the 800-meter title in 2:29.81, while teammate Abigail Baker was second in 2:38.60.

The 3,200-meter race saw sophomores Isabella Babilonia (11:29.91), Brooke Siviter (12:24.35) and Elena Fentress (13:14.39) all set new personal bests. Babilonia won the race while Siviter was second and Fentress placed fifth.

Other Viera athletes moving on to the Class 3A regionals include Kennedy Thomas, who finished third in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Thomas ran a personal best 18.27 in the 100 hurdle prelims.

Senior Jaeda Steward was third in the 300 hurdles with a PR time of 52.76. Sophomore Abigail Baker ran her season best time (5:54.71) on the way to a second-place finish in the 1,600 meters.

Sophomore Cassandra Ramirez qualified for the regionals in the triple jump and the 400 meters and also ran a personal best split of 2:30 for Viera’s winning 4x800 relay team.

Freshman Jacqueline Castro had her personal best in both the shot put (28-3 ¾) and the discus (76-6). It was also a big day for senior Vanessa Tohorton, who set new personal marks in the shot put (31-6 ½) and discus (83-9).

Nina Vicker cleared a personal best 7-0 ½ to finish third in the pole vault. Carolyn Kelley is also headed to the regionals after the senior’s third third-place finish in the long jump (14-2 ½).

When asked about her team’s winning performance on Tuesday, Viera girls coach Odieka Giscombe said her motto all season has been “Train hard, win easy.”

“When you train hard, you’ll win easy even if it’s winning within by running, jumping, or throwing better. It is still a win,” she said.

Viera’s boys, meanwhile, are sending 14 athletes to the regionals and absolutely dominated the running eventsl.

The Hawks swept all three relay races and sophomore Jeremiah Housey won the 100 meters (11.10), the 200 meters (22.87) and was on the 4x100 relay.

His teammate, sophomore Zac Sedaros, was second in both races and was also on the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Davis Mallinger won the 400 in 50:50 and also qualified in the 200 and the 4x400 relay. Senior Shawn Coleman III took the 800 meter title in 2:02.87 and was also part of the 4x400 and 4x800 winning relays.

Senior Andy Martinez continued Viera’s domination of the running events by taking the 1,600 meters in 4:36.30 and the 3,200 meters (9:54.02). He was also on the 4x800 relay team.

Shamaar Mohr won the long jump title (22-8) and was third in the triple jump. Sophomore Julius Barfield set a new personal best in the shot put (47-6 ½) for a second-place finish.

Also advancing to regionals, which are set for April 27 at South Fork High School, were LeeVon Sherr (110 high hurdles); Cooper Davis (shot put); Coby Karl (800, 1,600 and 4x800 relay); Deantalique Shelburn (300 low hurdles, 4x400 relay); Michael Toppi (3,200); Devin Giles (800, 4x800 relay); Bryce Norton (4x100 relay) and Terry Johnson (4x100 relay).

The state finals are set for May 3-4 at the University of North Florida.