The State Cross Country Meet for 1A-3A teams was held at Great Meadow in The Plains on Friday. George Mason’s teams had qualified at Regionals to run with the top twelve 2A teams statewide, and all the individuals who qualified by time. The George Mason Girls and Boys teams had great showings.
The top seven Mustang Girls ran first on the rolling 5K course. Junior Logan Funk went out fast to lead the Mason runners with Estelle Timar-Wilcox, Linnea Skotte and Jo Sevier close behind her through the one mile mark.
Pacing together about a minute behind were Victoria Lecce and sisters Sophie and Clara Matton. The girls ran in a tight pack with only 1:17 between them for the top 5 scorers: Logan Funk (20:21) in 7th place overall with All-State honors, Linnea Skotte (21:23), Jo Sevier 21:28, Estelle Timar-Wilcox 21:34, and Sophie Matton 21:38.
This was Funk’s second time with All-State honors, improving 16 places from last year, with the 20th fastest time for a Mason girl at States. Skotte improved 14 places over her run last year at States, and Sevier was the 8th fastest freshman.
The Girls team had 94 points, 8 behind 2nd place Wilson Memorial (86) and the dominant Maggie Walker in first place with 43 points. This is the 13th year in a row that the Girls team has finished 4th place or higher at States.
The Boys race followed with little change to the near perfect conditions. The Mustangs ran well as a group in what turned out to be a very competitive field. Their time spread for a team of 1:13 minutes was the second tightest for the 5K race.
Bill Comstock (23rd, 17:25) passed his teammate Ryan Henderson (24th, 17:26) in the final 100 yards to achieve the two highest Mason boy finishes since 2013. Comstock’s time was a PR and the 15th fastest on this course for Mason’s record book.
Henderson’s time was also a PR and he was 34 places faster than last year. The rest of the Mustangs were all first-time State runners, with the remaining scoring by place by Houston Langford (18:33), Ahmed Elzamzami (18:37) and Ethan Keck (18:37).
The Boys team was 9th overall with 173 points, 2 points behind Floyd County (171). Maggie Walker (82) repeated in 1st place, with District rival Central-Woodstock having a great showing taking second place (116).