Lofton, Jensen, Caglione and Bandos lead list of Hawks who qualified for Class 4A state track meet


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Viera High’s track & field team is sending 12 athletes to the Class 4A state meet, including a number of them who could be poised to medal in their respective events.

The Hawks took part in the Class 4A regionals on Wednesday at Jupiter High School and four athletes finished in first place.

Senior Hayley Lofton won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.94 seconds and also finished second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump. Lofton’s standout performance came after she swept four events – including the 300 hurdles – at the district meet.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Jensen also had a strong day, winning the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 3 and 3/4 inches. She also finished third in the discus.

The boys team also had a big day in the field events. Junior JP Caglione threw the shot 48-2 to take first place and, like Jensen, also finished third in the discus.

Sophomore Nick Bandos won the pole vault by going 12-6.

Those victories and other strong performances paid off in more ways than one for the Hawks. The Viera boys finished second in the team scoring while the girls team placed third.

The top four places in each event advanced to the Class 4A state meet, which will be held May 2, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Also qualifying for the big show was senior distance runner Molly Bryan, who took fourth place in the 3,200 meters.

Alexis Macy’s third-place finish in the pole vault secured a trip to Jacksonville for the Viera High junior.

On the boys side, Devin and Tre Nixon both qualified in two events.

Devin took second in the 100, while Tre was fourth. The brothers then paired with Taylor Streeter and Jones Quinn to place second in the 4x100 relay.

Senior Chris Hernandez was second in the pole vault, giving the Hawks a 1-2 finish. He also took second in the discus.

Junior Daniel Headley narrowly missed qualifying in the long jump, but punched his ticket to the big meet in the triple jump with a third-place finish.