At last Wednesday’s Bull Run District meet, the George Mason High School boys and girls varsity track teams competed against teams from seven area schools, with many Mustang athletes performing at their personal best and earning spots in the Region B meet.
The Mason girls team finished third with 71 points behind Manassas Park and Clarke County high schools, who tied for first with 126 points. The Mason boys team finished fourth with 64 points behind Central (100), Manassas Park (79), and William Monroe (68) high schools.
Two of the more exciting moments of the meet for Mason occurred mid-way through the running. In the 400m, Will Nunley’s grit and determination made for a come-from-behind win as he gained on his opponents with every stride down the straightaway to finish in first with a time of 0:53.25.
A few races later, Sarah Macris took the same determined approach when, after leading for most of the 800m and being passed on the last curve, she dug down deep to retake the lead and finish with a winning 2:33.17 time.
Athletes who placed in the top six spots in their events earned points for their team and move on to regionals Wednesday.
In addition to his first-place finish in the 400m, Nunley also took fourth in the 100m with a time of 0:11.54 and, as part of the boys 4×100 relay team with Michael Addo-Ashong, Sumner Askin, and Mitchell Sherman, posted a third-place finish at 0:47.11. Addo-Ashong placed fourth in the Triple Jump (38′ 7.75″) and fifth in the 100m (0:11.83), and Askin placed fourth in Discus (117′ 3″).
The girls 4×100 relay team of Tara Holman, Joelle Randrianasolo, Margarita Shevchenko, and Lauren Bowling took second place with a 0:54.21 finish that qualified the team for the state meet next month.
Holman placed second in the 100m (0:13.25), and Shevchenko and Randrianasolo placed fourth (0:13.69) and fifth (0:13.78) in the event respectively. In the 200m, Holman placed third (0:27.43) and Randrianasolo placed sixth (0:28.50). Bowling placed fourth in the 100m hurdles (0:17.61). Maya King placed fifth in the Long Jump (at 14′ 11.25″).
Kaitlin Kutchman placed fourth in the 1600m (5:51.50) and Blaise Sevier placed second, with a time of 5:33.48 that also qualified her for the state meet.
In the girls 3200m, Sevier placed second (12:51.67) and Kate Atkeson placed fifth (13:15.64).
In the boys 3200, Truman Custer placed second (10:29.23), Jesse Schaffer placed third (10:52.44), and James Pala placed fourth (11:02.32). Truman Custer placed third in the 1600m (4:42.63), and Preston Custer placed second in the 800m (2:06.02).