Holy Trinity girls sixth, Viera girls 19th at state cross country meet

Seventh grader McNatt finishes sixth in Class 1A to leadTigers


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The Holy Trinity girls cross country team had a big day at the Class 1A state cross country meet in Tallahassee on Saturday.

Seventh grader Carly McNatt served notice she will be a future state championship contender with a sixth-place finish at Apalachee Regional Park in time of 19:07.33.

Junior teammate Sasha Wiechecki-Vergara came in 19th in 19:57.83 to help the Tigers finish sixth overall.

The Viera girls, meanwhile, finished 19th in the Class 3A race. Viera’s boys were 23rd.

McNatt, who won the district title and finished second at regionals, heads a young Holy Trinity team that did not have any seniors at the state meet.

Sophomore Charlotte Varnes was 73rd in 21:32.40 and freshman Brooke Siviter was 102nd in 22:21.25.

They were followed by Holy Trinity teammates Amelia Anello (22:58.12), sophomore Angelina Berthiaume (25:35.66) and freshman Isabella Weiner (25:47.45).

The Viera girls were led by freshman Isabella Babilonia, who came in 72nd in 20:54.93. Senior Abbi Liddle was 96th with a time of 20:54.93 to give the Hawks two runners in the top 100.

Senior Izzy Mossing was 113th in 21:39.15 and Abby Baker was right behind her in 21:43.05 to finish 114th.

Sophomores Elena Fentress (22:11.98) and Moriah Ross (22:20.24) were the next two finishers for Viera. Senior Claire Mitchell had a time of 25:16.30 in her final high school race.

The Viera boys were paced by junior Andy Martinez, who came in 121st in 17:51.22 and senior Drake Vaske, who was 148th in 18:24.50.

Sophomore Bryan Baker (18:28.34), senior Andrew Santiago (18:28.31) and junior Shawn Coleman III (18:29.31) followed closely in spots 150, 151 and 153.

The remaining Viera runners were sophomores Coby Karl (18:33.83) and Tyler Mielke (18:36.20).

With so many young runners on both the Holy Trinity and Viera teams, the future looks bright for return trips to the state meet.

“We had so much fun this year and really changed the culture around here,” Viera coach Scott Baker wrote in an email. “This was the most enjoyable coaching experience I have had in probably 10 years. From late May through the state championship, these kids kept me laughing and made me very proud. The state meet was amazing.  I cannot imagine a better situation for kids to develop in. We have fun but still work really hard.

“The boys kept their streak of five consecutive trips to the state meet. It’s the funniest group of boys I have ever been around. They also work very hard but the keep everything in perspective and they really enjoy every moment. I’m trying to teach them to love running and I think it’s working.

“… The overwhelming majority of kids did not want the season to end and to me that is the best sign of success.”.