Mason Track Athletes Post Record Times at Regionals, Head to States

June 3, 2014 10:21 AM0 comments
Mason athlete Tara Holman placed second in the 200-meter dash (26.59) at the 2A East Regional Championship last Friday. She has qualified to compete in the event and others at the 2AVHSL State Outdoor Track and Field Championship this week. (Photo: Courtesy Carol Sly)

Mason athlete Tara Holman placed second in the 200-meter dash (26.59) at the 2A East Regional Championship last Friday. She has qualified to compete in this event and others at the 2A VHSL State Outdoor Track and Field Championship this week. (Photo: Courtesy Carol Sly)

In a field of 25 schools at the 2A East Regional Championship this Friday, the George Mason High School girls track team finished third and the boys track team placed 11th.

The Mason girls finished the day with 55 points for third place behind Maggie Walker and Brunswick high school, which tied for first with 125 points apiece. The Mason boys placed 11th overall with 24 points; Maggie Walker was first with 157 points, Brunswick was second with 87 points , and Prince Edward County had 51 points for third.

Tara Holman had the best individual performance for Mason. She finished first in the girls 100-meter dash, and second in the 400- and 200-meter dashes for a total of 26 points. She has qualified for states in all three events by place and by time.

Blaise Sevier ran a personal record of 2:22 in a deep field of Maggie Walker runners in the 800-meter run, finishing fourth. Isabelle Kessler was right behind Sevier for fifth place (2:28.55), and Sarah Macris ran a state-qualifying time of 2:31.69, her best of the season, to place eighth.

In the 1,600-meter run, Elizabeth Ward placed sixth (5:41.15) to advance by place to states. Coral Gillette placed eighth (5:47.20), earning a point for Mason. Korinne Wills and Mia Sawyer flew high and ran fast to place fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 300-meter hurdles, both advancing to states by place and time. The girls 4×400 relay team (Blaise Sevier, Isabelle Kessler, Sarah Macris, and Mia Sawyer) was as strong as ever with a third-place finish and a state-qualifying time of 4:17.94.

For the boys, highlights included Michael Addo-Ashong placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.19, thus moving on to states by place and time. John Marshall had a season’s best time in the 1,600-meter run, placing 10th (4:53.85). Truman Custer once again dominated in the 800-meter run, placing first and setting a new personal record and new school record with a time of 1:58.05. Also in the 800-meter run, Preston Custer qualified for states with a time of 2:05.61 (11th place). James Pala ran a smart race in a fast field in the 3,200-meter run for a personal record in 11:06.97 (12th place). The most exciting race of the day was the final one, starting after 9:30 p.m.: the boys 4×400 relay. Jacob Plata, Nathan Ward, and Preston Custer took the baton from sixth to fourth place before passing it off to their anchor, Truman Custer, who accelerated throughout the lap to finish first with an amazing split of 50 seconds.

Girls team members who have qualified for the state meet and are slated to compete are Vicky Addo-Ashong (in long jump, 100-meter hurdles, and 100-meter dash), Tara Holman (in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes), Blaise Sevier (in the 800-meter run), Isabelle Kessler (in the 800-meter run), Sarah Macris (in the 800-meter run), Mia Sawyer (in the 300-meter hurdles), Elizabeth Ward (in the 1,600-meter run) and Korinne Wills (in the 300-meter hurdles). The girls have also qualified a 4×800 relay team (Blaise Sevier, Isabelle Kessler, Sarah Macris, and Kaitlin Kutchma, with Elizabeth Ward as an alternate), a 4×100 relay team (Joelle Randrianasolo, Margarita Shevchenko, Eugenia Smith, and Vicky Addo-Ashong), and a 4×400 relay team (Blaise Sevier, Mia Sawyer, Isabelle Kessler, and Sarah Macris, with Anna Sawyer as an alternate).

Boys team members who have qualified for the state meet and are slated to compete are Truman Custer (in the 800-meter run), Michael Addo-Ashong (in the 110-meter hurdles), Alec White (in the 800-meter run), and Preston Custer (in the 800-meter run). The boys have also qualified a 4×800 relay team (Truman Custer, Preston Custer, John Marshall, and James Schneider, with Huntley Campbell as an alternate), and a 4×400 relay team (Truman Custer, Preston Custer, Jacob Plata, and Nathan Ward, with James Schneider and Alec White as alternates).

These Mason athletes will compete at the state meet in Radford June 6 and 7.

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