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Mason Cross Country Teams Snag Places at Altoona

The George Mason High School boys and girls varsity cross country teams fared very well at the Altoona Invitational (Penn.) on Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Mason boys placing first in their division in a true team race. sports-1

The George Mason High School boys and girls varsity cross country teams fared very well at the Altoona Invitational (Penn.) on Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Mason boys placing first in their division in a true team race.

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The Mason boys with first place trophy. (Photo: Louise Estrada)

The Mason girls finished second overall as a team, in addition to each of the top seven runners earning medals.

The boys team’s highest finisher was junior Matt Baker at 33rd overall, but Mason’s next four runners – Miles Butler, Will Ketchum, Daniel Drawbaugh and Dane Warner – were all less than 30 seconds behind him.

“It’s ideal to have five to seven guys who finish under a minute apart,” said Bravin. “They did a perfect job of running in a pack. They are a great group of guys who know how to work together.”

The Mustangs’ also received nice runs from junior Jordan Robarge and sophomore Paul Henninger who placed 50th and 54th, respectively.

Like the girls, the boys continued to win meets thanks to consistent efforts from a deep core of runners, said Bravin.

“The boys work really hard as a team,” she added. “They push each other through workouts and races … They are motivated, and their hard work is paying off.”

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Mason’s Eva Estrada (right). (Photo: Louise Estrada)

Sophomore Eva Estrada was Mason’s top finisher for the girls, placing fourth in a pool of 169 runners.

Junior Mollie Breen and sophomore Leah Roth finished within two seconds of each other and placed 14th and 17th, respectively. Freshman Hannah Beaman was the fourth Mustang to cross, coming in 27th overall.

Sophomores Claire Constance, Michelle De Mars and Abby Perez rounded out the top seven for Mason, finishing 36th, 37th and 40th.

“Our girls’ team is extremely competitive and we do have a lot of depth,” said Bravin.

“At the same time, they don’t take anything for granted. Injuries can happen without warning. Each girl on the team is ready to step up. The team is prepared to fight to be our best no matter what happens.”

The teams’ following race took place on Wednesday at Rappahannock High School. Results were too late for press time.

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