Viera girls win district track championship, boys come in second

The Viera High girls track & field team poses with the Class 4A, District 10 championship trophy after a big day at St. Cloud High School.

The Viera High boys and girls track teams had quite a day at the Class 4A, District 10 championship meet at St. Cloud High School on Thursday.

Viera athletes combined to win nine events and there were 13 new personal records set as the Hawks won the girls championship and the boys came in second.

Sophomore Ciara Thomas scored in four different events and won the long jump with a leap of 16-8.75 for Viera.

Sophomore, Isabella Narvaez (1,600 meters) and sophomore Brooke Gerrits (3,200) also won their races as the Hawks swept the top three spots in each event.

Narvaez also teamed with Chelsea Paglia, Danielle Contreras and Alexa Baker to win the 4x800 relay in 10:00.51.

On the boys side, senior Zak Sedaros had a pair of PRs and won the 100 (10:45) and the 200 (20.92). He was also part of the winning 4x100 relay team that included Preston Foreman, Mark Adams and James Goffigan. Their time was 42.25.

Junior Michael Toppi was also a double winner, taking the 1,600 in 4:26.65 and the 3,200 in 9:30.23.

Next up will be the Class 4A, Region 3 meet on May 1 at Osceola High School in Kissimmee.

In addition to her win in the long jump, Thomas set a PR in the 100 (12.54) and ran 26.27 in the 200 to finish fourth in both events. She was also on the 4x400 relay team that included Emily Flagg, Casi Ramirez and Paris Jernigan that placed second in 4:10.11.

Ramirez, a senior, finished third in the 400 with a new PR time of 1:00.34.

Paglia, a sophomore, was second in the 800 in 2:29.72.

Narvaez’s winning time in the 1,600 was 5:27.88. She was followed by senior Julia Svartstrom (5:30.91) and junior Danielle Contreras, who PR’d in 5:33.52.

The 3,200-meter race saw Gerrits take first in 12:10.34 with senior Alexa Baker second in 12:37.64 and senior Avery Rouhoff in a new personal best time of 13:02.46.

Senior Devin Fox set a new PR in the 100 hurdles, finishing fifth in 17.58.

In the high jump, sophomore Marissa Leoni finished third in 4-6 and Flagg was fifth, also at 4-6.

Flagg and Fox who also had big days for the Hawks, came in second and fourth in the triple jump. Flagg had a leap of 34-5, while Fox came in at 32-7.75.

Freshman Hayley Power took part in all three throwing events. Her best finish was second in the javelin (59-11.25) while she also set a new PR in the shot put (20-5).

The girls team finished with 145 points, easily distancing the Hawks from second-place St. Cloud, which had 126.

Viera’s boys, meanwhile, finished 12 points behind first-place Vero Beach.

While Sedaros and Toppi were dominating the sprint and distance races, the Hawks also got some strong performances from other runners.

Adams, a junior, placed third in both the 100 (10:93.4) and 200 (21.93) while Foreman, a senior, was fourth in the 100 (10:94) and fifth in the 200 (22.36).

Junior Robbie Naberhaus was second in the 3,200 (9:43.31) and third in the 1,600 (4:42.96). Sophomore Cameron Raney was fourth in the 3,200 (9:48.27).

Naberhaus and Raney were also part of Viera’s 4x800 relay – along with Aedan Rendek and Riley Burrup – to finish third in 8:27.64.

Senior James Goffigan finished second in the high jump (5-8). Junior A.J. Floyd was third in the triple jump (38-9).

The Hawks also scored well in the javelin with senior Evan Krassell coming in third (132-6.25) followed by senior Bryce Reynolds (128-10.50) and junior Dominick Gentile (112-5.25).

Other Viera athletes who set new personal records included Flagg in the 400 (1:03.29); sophomore Trinity Trett in the 800 (2:39.42); Jernigan in the 100 (13.25) and junior Olivia Cornelius in the 100 (13.53) and the 200 (27.98).