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Cowgirl XC Runners Make Big Strides
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 30, 2009

Saturday, October 26th, the Mason Cross Country teams traveled to Llano for the Annual Llano Invitational Meet held at Llano High School. The meet consisted of over 100 individual runners in both varsity divisions, as well as fourteen teams of all classifications. The Punchers and Cowgirls were tough competitors among the advanced runners they faced.

The Cowgirls started things off with an outstanding performance by all. Each runner achieved their season bests. Hillary Bibb was the top finisher with a time of 13:20 (26th), cutting off 25 seconds from last week. Jacie Rychlik (36th) and Yolanda Gonzalez (42nd) both continue to improve, posting their personal best times of 13:42 and 13:44. Kaitlyn Cavness (57th) and Myles Banner (78th) also cut time off of their previous performances by running a 14:06 and 14:41. Overall, the Cowgirls were the only 1A team in the field and they finished 8th.

Tomas Callejas led the Punchers with his personal best time of 17:16. He earned himself a medal placing 5th among all classification of runners. Following Tomas was Emmanuel Segura (17th), Jorge Morales (30th), Ramiro Casas (31st), Zen Steward (38th), Zack Bjork (83rd), and Cass Castillo (84th). What keeps this team moving toward the fact that all of our middle runners are so close to each other, anyone of them can beat each other on any given day. That daily competition continues to drive their motivation and are what place us as a team. The Punchers placed 5th overall as one of the two Class A schools to compete in the meet.

The next meet for the cross country teams will be at the Mason City Park on Saturday, October 10th. The meet will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the high school boys followed by the high school girls divisions and then junior high divisions. We are in need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Sherry Keller at the high school or email her at


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