The George Mason High School cross-country teams traveled to Strasburg High School last Wednesday to compete in a 5K tri-meet also including Manassas Park High School.
The Mason girls team won with 31 points, barely ahead of Strasburg with 32. Manassas Park did not have a full team for scoring purposes. The Mason boys won with 30 points; Strasburg came in close behind with 32, and Manassas Park was third with 68.
The girls led off, and a tight group worked the first kilometer, elbow to elbow, until sophomore Blaise Sevier broke away, leaving all other runners meters behind. Mason runners finished in the top four places. Two of the runners were eighth graders with spectacular races but no points for the team.
Sevier was first at 20:49, with eighth-grader Logan Funk next at 21:08. Sophomore Grace Eye placed second at 21:17, followed closely by eighth-grader Estelle Timar-Wilcox at 21:27.
Rounding out the top seven finishes for the Mustang Girls were junior Kaitlin Kutchma (seventh, 22:02), freshman Coral Gillette (10th, 22:23), and freshman Mia Sawyer (11th, 22:23).
The boys team ran strong and were impressive on Strasburg’s course over three loops of varying terrain.
Senior Truman Custer and junior Jackson Jost worked together to take the lead about a mile into the race. They finished first and third overall, Custer with a time of 18:04 and Jost at 18:14. Senior Austin Gogal kept them in sight throughout, and ended in fifth place with a time of 18:27. A tight group of senior Mustang runners finished in 10th through 13th place to assure the win: Preston Custer (10th, 18:37), John Marshall (11th, 18:42), David Drawbaugh (12th, 18:43) and Paul Sanders (13th, 18:54).
Participation last Saturday’s much-anticipated annual Glory Days invitational at Bull Run Regional Park was cancelled due to flooding and standing water on the course following days of rain. The next meet for the Mason teams is the Bull Run District championship at Rappahannock County High School next Wednesday, Oct. 23.