The regional and state track and field meets are coming up this month, and the Viera High Hawks are on quite a roll.
Viera’s girls won the Class 4A, District 10 Championship last month and Zak Sedaros firmly established himself as one of the top sprinters in the state.
Sedaros not only ran his best times of the season while winning the 100- and 200-meter sprints at the district meet, his 200 time of 20.92 — though wind-aided — was the second fastest time nationally under all conditions according to flrunners.com.
His 100-meter time of 10.45 was the fifth-fastest in the state.
“It’s been really fun,” Sedaros said a day before the district finals. “I’m definitely glad I decided to run track for my senior year. It’s been a really enjoyable experience for sure.”
Not only is Sedaros poised to do well at the regionals May 1 at Osceola High in Kissimmee and the state meet May 8 at the University of North Florida, but he’s also drawing interest on the collegiate level.
A wide receiver in football, Sedaros will have preferred walk-on status at South Florida in the fall. He also has track scholarship offers from Troy University and the University of Florida.
“That was very cool to say you could go to college for two different sports,” Sedaros said. “I was very proud of that.”
Not only will Sedaros attempt to make it to the state meet in both sprints, he is also part of a 4x100 relay team with Preston Foreman, Mark Adams and James Goffigan that has a shot, too. Junior Michael Toppi, meanwhile has a chance to go in both distance races.
Viera’s girls have a number of state-meet contenders, including sophomore Ciara Thomas and distance runners Isabella Narvaez and Brooke Gerrits.
“Our region is tough, but we also have tough kids,” Viera girls coach Odeika Giscombe said.
Senior Alexa Baker and her 4x800 relay teammates, Chelsea Paglia, Narvaez and Danielle Contreras, have a plan they’re hoping to execute.
“Our goal for each individual person is to definitely be under 2:30 and to try to break what we did before, which was 9:53,” Baker said. “Everybody under 2:30 and breaking 9:53 would be a great day for us.”
As their district title showed, when the Hawks are executing their game plan, they have a chance to go a long way.
“We knew we had a chance to win, but we knew we had to execute to do well,” Giscombe said. “Our coaching staff is great. The kids are great. … I’m very proud of those girls. They fought through a lot, and they’ve really been putting in the effort every week.”