Babilonia breaks school record as Hawks run well at state cross country finals

Holy Trinity place three in top 50 to finish seventh


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Viera High's Isabella Babilonia set a new school record with a time of 18:59 at the Class 4A state cross country meet last weekend. Babilonia was one of several Hawks to close out the season with a big finish.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

They broke individual and team records throughout the season, so it should come as no surprise that the Viera Hawks did it again at the Class 4A state meet.

Junior Isabella Babilonia broke her own school record with a time of 18:59 on the way to a career-best 17th place finish in the 5K race held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee last Saturday.

Viera’s girls finished 15th overall, while the boys were 18th.

“I could not be happier with the way the team ran (in the finals) and the entire season,” Viera coach Scott Baker wrote in an email. “(Isabella) finished as only one of 10 juniors in the entire state to break 19 minutes. That is including all classifications in Florida.

“Our team average was more than 20 seconds faster per runner than any other team from Brevard County. We had five girls at 20:51 or better, including four at 20:19 or better. … It was a great end to a great season.”

In addition to Babilonia’s record-breaking time, Isabella Narvaez and Chelsea Paglia ran the two fastest times of any freshman in the history of the Viera girls cross country program.

Narvaez came in at 20:12, while Paglia cross the line right behind her in 20:14.

Other top finishers for Viera included sophomore Julia Svartstrom in 20:19; sophomore Danielle Contreras in 20:51; junior Brenda Lee in 21:49; and junior Elena Fentress in 27:46.

Once again, it was sophomore Michael Toppi leading the boys team to a strong finish.

Toppi, who has established himself as the second-fastest runner in Viera history, came across the line in 16:34.

Senior Colby Karl was next in 16:49. He was followed by sophomore Robert Naberhaus in 16:53; freshman Cameron Raney in 17:07; senior Michael Shenbaum in 17:53; sophomore Joshua Ingalls in 17:56 and senior Bryan Baker in 18:41.

Viera’s boys ended the season averaging 16:42, which is 19 seconds better per runner than any team in program history. And their season isn’t over. The boys will be heading to Cary, North Carolina on November 30th to take part in the Nike Southeast Regional Championships.

“The direction of our team has continued to be positive for three consecutive years,” Baker wrote. “Each year, we have improved, and it seems like every other week we are breaking another school record with both individuals and the teams.

“The future of the program could not be any brighter.”

Holy Trinity girls finish seventh in Class 1A

The young Tigers finished off their season in impressive style

Eighth-grader Ivy Knight finished 35th with a time of 20:27 in the girls 5K race. Seventh-grader Ava Knight came in four spots behind in 20:32. Eighth-grader Braelyn Wahy made it three runners in the top 50 for Holy Trinity. She was 49th in 20:51.

Other top finishers for the Tigers included senior Charlotte Varnes (21:16): eighth-grader Sophia Weiner (21:39); seventh-grader Natalie Morris (21:44) and seventh-grader Valentina Velarde (22:20).