Both the George Mason High School boys and girls track teams participated in the Gar-Field Invitational last Saturday in Dale City. Many runners finished with their best times of the season, breaking personal records and earning qualifying times for region and state meets.
Seventeen other schools competed in a full day of track and field events. There were many triple-A and double-A teams, as well as a smattering of single-A teams like Mason. The level of competition was among the highest the team has seen all season, raising everyone’s game to the most competitive levels.
Athletes who qualified for the state meet last Saturday were Blaise Sevier, in the 1600m with a time of 5:23.18; Preston Custer, in the 800m with a time of 2:03.65; and Truman Custer, in the 3200m with a time of 10:24.16.
The girls 4×400 relay team (Tara Holman, Joelle Randrianasolo, Darby Quave, Blaise Sevier) finished with a state-qualifying time of 4:22.75, and the boys 4x400m relay team (Will Nunley, Preston Custer, Michael Addo-Ashong, Truman Custer) finished with a state-qualifying time of 3:38.16.
Nunley also qualified for the regional meet in the 200m with a time of 0:23.14.
The Bull Run District meet is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 15, at Strasburg High School. The top three Mason athletes in each event will have a chance to compete and qualify to move on to the regional meet, if they haven’t qualified already.