The Viera High boys and girls track & field teams faced some tough competition and turned in some strong performances at the Class 4A, Region 3 championship meet at Osceola High School in Kissimmee.
Senior Zak Sedaros won the 100 and 200-meter sprints and was part of the winning 4x100 relay team as the Viera boys won the regional championship team trophy.
Junior Michael Toppi also had a big day, winning the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters.
By winning their events, Sedaros and Toppi – along with the 4x100 relay team – all qualified for Saturday’s state meet at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Junior Robbie Naberhaus, who finished third in the 3,200 meters is also heading to the state meet.
Viera’s girls finished 12th in the team standings and did not have any athletes advance to the state meet despite getting some strong efforts from their athletes.
Under this year’s FHSAA guidelines, the top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the state meet. The remaining eight spots were filled based on the top times, or marks, among competitors from all four regions.
Sedaros won the 100 in 10.61 and finished the 200 in 21.25. He teamed with senior Preston Foreman, junior Mark Adams and senior James Goffigan to win the 4x100 relay in 41.86.
Toppi’s winning time the 1,600 was 4:29.47 and he won the 3,200 in 9:34.46.
Naberhaus was third in the 3,200 (9:44.11) and finished fourth in the 1,600 (4:29.47).
Other top performers for Viera included Adams, who was fourth in the 200 (22.24). Sophomore Cameron Raney was fourth in the 3,200 (9:53.98) and Goffigan was 12th in the high jump (5-5 ¾).
Senior Bryce Reynolds finished seventh in the javelin (137-9), followed by senior teammate Evan Krassel, who was eighth (135-3).
Brooke Gerrits was the top finisher for Viera’s girls. The sophomore came in third in the 3,200 with a time of 11:49.78.
Sophomore Isabella Narvaez was fourth in the 1,600. Her time was 5:24.30. Narvaez also teamed with Chelsea Paglia, Julia Svartstrom and Danielle Contreras to finish fourth in the 4x800 relay (9:55.18).
Senior Emily Flagg was sixth in the triple jump (34-6 ¼) and senior Casi Ramirez was seventh in the 400 (1:01.09).
The 1,600-meter race saw Svartstrom, a senior, come in seventh in 5:300.08. She was followed by Contreras. The junior’s eighth-place time was 5:36.53.
It was a three-event day for sophomore Ciera Thomas. She finished eighth in the long jump (17-1 ¼), 12th in the 100 (12.98) and 13th in the 200 (26.56).
Yet another sophomore, Marissa Leoni, took 10th in the high jump (4-7 ¾) while Paglia – also a sophomore – was 11th in the 800 (2:33.77).
Freshman Haley Power was 11th in the javelin with a throw of 73-4. Senior Devin Fox was 12th in the triple jump (31-11 ½).
Viera’s 4x400 relay team of Flagg, Ramirez, sophomore Paris Jernigan and Thomas crossed the line 14th in 4:25.62.