The George Mason High School boys and girls track and field teams were tested last Saturday at the Ram Country Invitational, not only by stiff competition from more than a dozen area high schools, but also by the absence of some athletes traveling with the high school’s band for competition. Still, many Mason athletes met the qualifying standards at the event for the Conference 35, Region 2A East, and 2A State postseason championships. At the invitational, the girls team placed third with 56 points, and the boys team was 13th with 15 points.
Both the girls 4×400 relay team (of Megan Jenkins, Sarah Macris, Mia Sawyer, and Tara Holman at 4:29.22) and the boys 4×400 relay team (of Michael Addo-Ashong, James Schneider, Jacob Plata, and Alec White at 3:43.24) posted state championship qualifying times, both taking third place in their events.
Blaise Sevier placed first in the 3,200-meter run with her state-qualifying time of 12:13.95. Alec White and Tara Holman’s state-qualifying times came with second-place finishes, in the 800-meter run at 2:00.23 and the 100-meter dash at 0:13.22, respectively.
Mason athletes with regional championship qualifying times were Isabelle Kessler (1,600-meter run), Korrine Wills (300-meter hurdles), Tara Holman (200-meter dash), and Megan Jenkins (200-meter dash). Additionally, the girls 4×800 relay team (of Anna Sawyer, Grace Eye, Abbey Smith, and Coral Gillette), and the boys 4×800 relay team (of Charlie Field, Austin Yoder, Adam Sese, and Zach Ellis) posted regional championship qualifying times.
Mason athletes with conference championship qualifying times were Kaitlin Kutchma (3,200-meter run), Alex Hairston (100-meter dash), Korrine Wills (100-meter hurdles), Mia Sawyer (100- and 300-meter hurdles), Jacob Plata (400-meter dash), Zach Welch (300-meter hurdles), Sarah Macris (800-meter run), and Elizabeth Ward (800-meter run).
The George Mason track teams will compete next in the John Handley Invitational in Winchester this Saturday, April 12.