Viera, Holy Trinity girls dominate cross country district meets
Hawks win first-ever title, Holy Trinity girls also champs
Viera High freshman Isabella Babilonia (right) finished first and teammate Abby Baker was 15th as the Hawks won their first-ever district cross country championship last week.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The Viera High girls cross country team made history this past week.
The Holy Trinity girls were pretty special, too.
Both teams captured district championships in commanding fashion with Viera freshman Isabella Babilonia and Holy Trinity seventh grader Carly McNatt winning their respective races.
It was the first district championship in program history for the Viera girls.
Viera’s boys, meanwhile, finished second in the district event, which was hosted at Bayside High School. Holy Trinity’s boys finished sixth on their home course.
The Viera girls placed five runners in the top 13 – four in the top nine – to break Merritt Island’s stranglehold on winning the Class 3A, District 13 title.
Babilonia finished the course in 20:24.30 while senior Abbi Liddel came in fourth (21:12.81), senior Izzy Mossing was seventh (21:30.97) and freshman Ella Fentress was ninth in 22:11.62.
Sophomore Moriah Ross rounded out the scoring for the Hawks with her 13th-place finish in 22:29.94.
Freshman Abby Baker was15th in 22:41.84 and senior Claire Mitchell finished 20th in 22:48.77 for Viera, which had 34 points to easily outdistance second place West Shore, which had 52. Merritt Island was third with 60 points.
Not only did McNatt win the Class 1A, District 11 title in 20:50.20, but junior teammate Sasha Wiechecki-Vergara finished second in 21:07.50.
Holy Trinity freshman Brooke Siviter also came up with a big performance with a fifth-place time of 22:57.20. And sophomore Charlotte Varnes made it four Tigers in the top seven with her time of 23:06.60.
Sophomore Amelia Anello was 20th in 26:34.50 to close out the scoring for the Tigers, who had 35 points – 25 better than second-place John Carroll.
Sophomore Angelina Berthiaume was 26th in 27:36.90 and freshman Isabella Weiner came in 30th in 27:49.60 for Holy Trinity.
Viera’s boys put all five of its scoring runners in the top 13, but it wasn’t enough to overtake West Shore, which placed three runners in the top six.
Junior Andy Martinez was the top finisher for the Hawks, coming in fifth (17:40.32) while senior Andrew Santiago was eighth (17:52.29); junior Shawn Coleman III was 10th (18:04.52); senior Drake Vaske finished11th (18:15.09) and sophomore Bryan Baker was 13th in 18:26.21.
Also running for Viera were sophomore Coby Karl (14th in 18:27.04), sophomore Tyler Mielke (17th in 18:40.43) and junior Ethan Dabbs (27th in 19:33.51),
The Holy Trinity boys were led by freshman Walker Johnson, who finished 24th in 21:54.90.
Seventh grader Ryan Henderson was 33rd in 23:06.90 while freshman Matthew Allen was 35th (23:47.40), freshman Gregory Bouyoucas finished 39th (24:19.80) and seventh grader Jackson Bean came in 40th (24:20.70).
Junior Hari Dandapani was 44th (27:17.60) for the Tigers while junior Nikhil Patel finished 46th in 31:13.50.
The regional meets are both scheduled for Saturday. Viera will travel to South Fork in Stuart, while Holy Trinity will once again be at home.
The state meet is set for the following week, Nov. 11, at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.