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Cross Country Still Running Strong
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 • Posted October 15, 2008

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for the Mason High School Cross Country teams. They have competed in meets held in Ozona, Junction, and Mason. The competitions have been tough, yet the Cowgirls and Punchers brought home four championships and many new personal best times.

Beginning with the Ozona meet on Saturday, September 27th, the Cowgirls were missing teammate Hillary Bibb. Hillary normally runs as the number three runner for the Cowgirls. The team really stepped it up to earn a 3rd place finish. Four of the Cowgirls posted their personal best times: Lydia Bjork (12:48; 2nd), Brittany Estes (12:58; 6th), Kaitlyn Cavness (14:00), and Myles Banner (15:04). Running their personal best for the Punchers was Marcelo Segura (17:55; 3rd), Ramiro Casas (19:08; 18th), Manuel Segura (19:30), Melesio Segura (19:33), and Zen Steward (20:22). Tomas Callejas (17:57; 4th) also had a great run. These younger runners made all the difference with their junior Jorge Morales, who runs third for the Punchers, was out. It is that type of team effort that earned them their second TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP of the year.

Next on the schedule was the Junction meet that was cancelled earlier in the year and moved to Wednesday, October 1st. It was extremely hot, but our runners from Mason did not let that affect their performances. The course was almost 200m long for the girls and about 150m short for the boys, so our times are not comparable to other meets, but our places sure were. Our top five Cowgirls all medaled. Results were as follows: Lydia Bjork (1st), Brittany Estes (2nd), Hillary Bibb (3rd), Kaitlyn Cavness (5th), and Lauren Keith (10th). The top five Punchers also medaled: Tomas Callejas (1st), Marcelo Segura (2nd), Manuel Segura (6th), Jorge Morales (7th), and Ramiro Casas (8th). Both the Cowgirls and Punchers came home with the Championship trophies from the Junction Meet.

The latest meet was held right here in Mason. There were 20 schools in attendance with over 350 competitors. Our very own Mason Punchers topped all of the schools. All nine runners ran their personal best times to earn the toughest Championship Trophy so far. That makes four in a row for our high school boys’ cross country team. Kerville Tivy took the individual gold medal, but Marcelo Segura (17:08; 2nd) and Tomas Callejas (17:12; 3rd) were close behind. Jorge Morales (18:29; 10th), Manuel Segura (18:33; 11th), and Ramiro Casas (’18:38; 12th) rounded out the top five for the Punchers to secure the Championship over Tivy and Del Valle. Just behind them were Melesio Segura (18:42; 14th) and Jeremy Duarte (19:00; 21st). The best thing about our boys’ team is that on any given day, any of these runners could be in the top five. So when someone is injured, not feeling well, or just has an off day, a teammate is there to pick up the slack. All nine runners have been very dedicated, coachable, competitive, and most of all, positive. There are no statistics around to compare, but after talking with Mr. Graham, we believe these boys have set a new milestone for Mason Puncher Cross Country with four Championships in a row. The October rankings came out and the Punchers are ranked 9th in state for class 1A.

Keep moving up Punchers!

The Cowgirls also had a good showing at the Mason meet. Most were disappointed with a third place finish, yet the two teams that placed higher are not in our classification. Kerville Tivy (4A) won the Championship and Bandera (3A) was the Runner-up. Posting yet another personal best was Kaitlyn Cavness (13:55; 17th). Yet, the story for Cowgirls was Hillary Bibb’s performance as she shaved off 40 seconds from her best time of this year and surpassed her personal best by over 20 seconds. Hillary (13:21; 11th) finished just behind teammate Lydia Bjork (13:17; 10th). Due to the fact that the Cowgirls were running through two injuries, they had a great competition and were able to pull out a third place finish.

Next weekend, the Cowgirls and Punchers will compete at Comfort High School. The meet will begin at 9:00 AM. The District meet will be held in Bandera on Wednesday, October 29th with the high school divisions beginning at 2:00.

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