Viera boys win 1st cross country district title; Holy Trinity boys and girls sweep
Viera girls finish 3rd
Viera junior Sam Shaffer (white headband), shown here at last month's flrunners.com Invitational, finished third overall at Saturday's Class 4A, District 9 race to help the Hawks win their first-ever district championship.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
It should come as no surprise that the Holy Trinity boys and girls cross country teams swept the Class 1A, District 12 championships this weekend.
After all, coach Doug Butler’s Tigers have now won the title 12 times – including 11 in a row.
But for the Viera High boys, Saturday’s Class 4A, District 9 race was momentous indeed.
The Hawks placed five runners in the top 10 to win the first district cross country championship in school history.
“The men showed what it means to work hard and run smart,” Viera coach Ron Abel wrote in an email.
Junior Sam Shaffer led the way for the Hawks, finishing third overall in 16:37.34. Viera then took the 5-8 spots behind senior Jeremy Dean (17:28.75), junior Ryan Miller (17:35.12), senior Richard Cupoli (17:38.15) and sophomore Alex Krestan (17:38.16). The times for Miller, Cupoli and Krestan were all personal records.
Sophomore David Quigley (18:03.35) finished 12th and junior Rudy Valentin was 16th (18:08.92).
In the girls race, Viera High senior Molly Bryan had quite a day, finishing second overall in 20:32.35 as the Hawks went on to place third as a team.
Junior Anna Martin was 19th in 22:42.97 and freshman Abbi Liddle was 20th in 23:27.20. Sophomore Stephanie Schiller came in 25th (24:46.32) and senior Alexis Eastburn (25:31.31), freshman Melinda Schmitz (25:42.57) and sophomore Raena Karl (25:43.24) finished in the 27-29 spots.
Holy Trinity’s boys, meanwhile, swept the first five positions and six of the top eight as they dominated their district meet once again.
Senior Andrew Cacciatore won the race in 16:26.54 and was followed in succession by sophomores Trevor Kattenberg (16:27.17), Egan Kattenberg (16:30.81), Michael Wilson (16:37.89) and John Cacciatore (16:38.37).
Sophomore Bryce-Austin Wahy was eighth in 17:33.80 and junior William Boydstun (18:44.27) finished in 21st place.
Emily Chapman and Ashley Blanchard of Brevard HEAT finished 1-2 in the girls race, but the next six places all belonged to the Holy Trinity Tigers.
Juniors Shelby Smith (20:06.51) and Sydney Smith (20:18.18) placed third and fourth, followed by sophomore Samantha Folio (20.18.56), eighth-grader Marie Groppel (20:26.44), junior Kenzie Farrish (20:45.76) and senior Maleia Storum (20:56.14).
Junior Emma Walker finished 12th in 21:19.29 for the Tigers.
The regionals will take place next Saturday. Viera will be at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, while Holy Trinity will host the Class 1A, Region 3 race. The girls start things off at 9 a.m., followed by the boys race at 9:30.