All UIL activities were postponed in late April due to the threat of the Swine Flu. They would not resume until Monday, May 11th. The regional track meets were initially schedule for May 1st and 2nd, however, they would be pushed back several weeks to accommodate college graduations and other UIL events. The Region IV-A meet was held on Monday, May 18th with finals on Tuesday, May 19th in Huntsville at Sam Houston State University.
Representing the Mason Cowgirl track team were senior Lydia Bjork, senior Paige Blair, senior Rebekah Caffey, junior Hillary Bibb, sophomore Shayla Estes, and junior alternate Britney Schovajsa. These six individuals competed in pole vault, 100m Dash, 200m Dash, 800m Run, 1600m Run, 3200m Run, and the 4X400m Relay. The Cowgirls competed hard and came up with some great results.
Lydia Bjork began the competition for the Cowgirls by finishing 4th in the 3200m Run. It was not only her season best time, but she set another school record with a time of 12:23.95. All other runners Qualified on Monday for the finals, which would be run on Tuesday. That included Hillary Bibb in the 800m Run, Rebekah Caffey in the 100m Dash and 200m Dash, and the Mile Relay consisting of team members Lydia Bjork, Hillary Bibb, Shayla Estes, and Rebekah Caffey. Two other events that were scheduled for Tuesday were the 1600m Run (Bjork) and pole vault (Bibb).
Early Tuesday morning, pole vaulters reported for weigh-in. Hillary was seated 5th coming into the competition, however there were five athletes in that same position. She entered the meet tied for 5th with five other competitors and finished tied for 5th by clearing 9’0”. That is her personal best height in the pole vault. Early afternoon, Hillary was our first competitor in running events also. She qualified first in the prelims and that is where she finished. She ran a time of 2:27.66 to earn her first Regional Championship. Her best time of the season is 2:26.08. She hopes to break the school record, set back in 1999 by Katie Schmidt, of 2:25.50 at the state meet.
Rebekah Caffey was the second individual to qualify for the 2009 State Championship Track Meet. Rebekah qualified first in both the 100m Dash and 200m Dash. She was all alone as she crossed the finish line in the 100m Dash. Setting a new Region IV-A record at the Sam Houston State University track, Rebekah was the Regional Champion with a time of 12.54. Second place was 0.44 seconds behind. The 200m Dash was a tough fought battle. The top five runners were all within one second of each other. Rebekah placed 2nd, qualifying for state in a second event, just behind District 30-A competitor and defending Region IV-A Champion Akelishana Homes from San Antonio Stacey. It was one of the closest races of the meet with only 0.11 separating 1st and 2nd and only 0.11 separating 2nd and 3rd. Lydia Bjork was the last individual event to compete for the Mason Cowgirls. She completed her career at Mason with a lot of heart in the 1600m Run. The last event of the evening was the 4 X 400m Relay. The Cowgirls qualified for the finals in 8th place, not having their best run on Monday night. With the disqualification of San Antonio Stacey we were bumped into lane one and a chance to redeem ourselves. Paige Blair, Hillary Bibb, Shayla Estes, and Rebekah Caffey worked their way up to finish 4th with a faster time than the night before.
Out of the 51 medals that were awarded at the Region IV-A meet, almost 60% (30/51) were awarded to athletes from the Area Meet that consisted of competitors from District 29-A and 30-A (Mason’s). These young ladies have competed in four consecutive meets with great pressure and have done a great job staying consistent, competitive, and successful. Gull Region IV-A results can be found at http://www.spato.us/results/hs2009/uilreg34/.
The 2009 State Track Meet will be held at UT on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th. The two Mason Cowgirls that will compete, senior Rebekah Caffey and junior Hillary Bibb, will begin running Saturday at noon. The State Meet schedule in its entirety can be found at http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/track_field/state/index.html. Hope all of you Mason fans will be able to make the short drive to support these two young ladies.