By Daisy Morefield and Hayley Lofton
On Wednesday, April 16th,Viera High Schools boys and girls track team traveled to Martin County for their District meet. After placing third in the Cape Coast Conference Championships the previous week, the team was determined to win first place. That’s exactly what happened. The boys and girls took all and came home champions
The team and the coaches made all efforts prematurely. They practiced Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays. After all of the hard work, the team felt like they had a chance at winning. Going to a big competition like districts is nerve wrecking according to Freshman Elissa Drelich, ” I felt pumped, but a little nervous.”
Even though the team did well, it took a lot of mental and physical stability. Freshman Anna Martin said, ” I stretched out really well, and drank lots of water a few days before.” This must have helped her because she took third place in the girls open 800 meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Staying hydrated and well stretched was a huge part of the big win.
There were many fantastic times and places at Districts. Tre Nixon received first place for the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.10 seconds. The whole meet came down to the Mile relay. Senior Andrea Wilson, Fendi Johnson, junior Briana Gorbea and freshman Rouche Moe’s mile relay broke school record with a time of 4 minutes 11 seconds, and they took first place. Junior Taylor Streeter, and seniors Greg Nelson, Anthony Turnoff, and Paul Cepeda also received first place for their mile relay with a time of 3 minutes and 32 seconds. As you can see, the constant training and practice really showed!
Everyone on the team is so happy about their accomplishment. Junior Emily Copely said, “It feels so good to be a district champion because the whole team worked so hard for it, and we won so it paid off!”
The team worked all year, and it didn’t go unnoticed. They deserve it. Congratulations hawks!