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Mason Girls Track Third at States

George Mason High’s track and field girls clinched top prizes at last weekend’s Virginia High School League State Track and Field Championships, coming in third place overall.StatePic2

 

George Mason High’s track and field girls clinched top prizes at last weekend’s Virginia High School League State Track and Field Championships, coming in third place overall.

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GEORGE MASON’S STATE TRACK TEAM, from left to right, Emily Rueckert, Chantel Bailey, Brandy Arrendondo, Natalie Young, Najah Lawal and Chantal Thomas. (Photo: Stephanie Ciskowski)

The girls competed against 75 high schools to make an impressive finish. Six girls qualified for states: Brandy Arrendondo, Chantel Bailey, Najah Lawal, Emily Rueckert, Chantal Thomas and Natalie Young. The girls were coached by track Coach Biana White.

Young, a freshman, bested her competition winning the 3200-meter and taking silver in the 1600-meter run, with a time of 5:19.64.

With a final time of 11:46.08 in the 3200, Young kept a strong distance ahead of the pack, 30 seconds in front of the second-place runner. In the eight lap race, Young lapped most of her competitors, some of them twice.

The girls’ 1600-meter relay team – Arrendondo, Bailey, Lawal and Thomas – matched Young’s silver medal win with a time of 4:14.06 in a field of 18 teams in three heats.

In the final and fastest heat of the event, juniors Arrendondo and Lawal ran the first two laps before handing the baton to junior Thomas. Thomas ran a powerful lap, putting the Lady Mustangs within striking distance of placing for a medal.

In the final lap, Bailey overcame a significant gap between Mason and the leaders, passing three runners and moving the Mustangs from fifth to second place.

Bailey repeated her magic taking in the 400-meter run, managing a bronze medal after charging forward from eighth place with 100 meters to go. Bailey missed the gold by half a second. Her 60.74 second time was a personal best.

Arrendondo placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.16.

Correction: The article originally suggested that Chantel Bailey had participated in multiple heats for the 400 meters. She participated in one heat for the 400-m race, taking the bronze.

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