Viera boys qualify for state cross country meet

Bryan’s 5th-place finish earns her a trip to Tallahassee, too


Viera High's Molly Bryan (left), shown here at the meet earlier this year, finished in fifth place at the Class 4A regional meet on Saturday. That earns the senior a trip to next week's state meet.


Molly Bryan and the entire Viera boys team are going to the state cross country meet next week.

Bryan, a senior, came in fifth at Saturday’s Class 4A, Region 3 girls race at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, while the Viera boys earned their trip to Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee with a third-place finish.

Sam Shaffer placed 11th for the Hawks in 17:05. Ryan Miller (17:20), Jeremy Dean (17:22.66) and Richard Cupoli (17:22.86) swept the 20-22 spots for the Hawks.

David Quigley finished 28th in 17:35 while Alex Krestan was 38th in 17:50 and Rudy Valentin placed 62nd in 18:26.

Bryan, meanwhile, crossed the finish line in her race in 20:05 to qualify for the state meet as an individual. It’s a perfect way to end her cross country career.

Anna Martin was the next-highest finisher for the Hawks, coming in 60th in 23:11. Abbi Liddle was 77th in 24:12, Melinda Schmitz placed 95th in 26:36,32, Alexis Eastburn finished 96th in 26;36.80, Stephanie Schiller was 99th in 27:47 and Raena Karl was 100th in 28:29.