The Mason cross country teams were not full force on Saturday because many of our runners were competing in the Area Band Marching Contest held in Brady on Saturday morning.
As the meet began, many coaches approached asking where all of our runners were. Many coaches have been tracking our progress and know that we have tough teams that make for good competition.
When you arrive at such a large meet, like the one held at Comfort High School on Saturday, and you are short many of your athletes because they are representing your school in another UIL event, you get to thinking about how much these kids at Mason High School contribute to many different areas. Five of our nine boys are also football players. When you talk about Friday night football games, you also have to consider our band and cheerleaders. Seven runners are in the band, two are varsity cheerleaders, and another is on the sideline of every game taking pictures for the yearbook. That makes for some busy athletes are asked to perform in many different situation, including the classroom. It is amazing what hard work, discipline, and commitment can achieve.
With all those things going on, we still continue to improve and raise the standard. Lydia Bjork posted yet another great time on a rough, unlevel, hilly course and earned another medal on the year. Her goal is to earn a medal at every cross country meet she competes in this year and she is just a four meets away from reaching that goal. Another great performance was by Lauren Keith. Her best time of the year was posted last weekend with a 14:18. She is making steady improvements and is well capable of meeting her goals by the Regional Meet.
There were only three boys available to compete Saturday morning in Comfort. It is always interesting to see how individuals run without their teammates. Many runners with little experience are not good at running a steady pace if they are used to their teammates leading them. That was not the case for our three young men. Marcelo Segura, Manuel Segura, and Melesio Segura ran extremely aggressively. All three of them were under their goal time for their first mile, and maintain their paces extremely well. We know the course was over three miles but are unsure how many meters short of a 5K the course was. However, we are definitely sure that their paces on Saturday were faster than in prior meets. Marcelo finished 5th with a time of 15:44.
Manual had a finishing time of 17:38 and Melesio with a 17:39. Those were great improvements over a week period and look forward to seeing how their teammates respond at our next meet.
The next meet will be on Wednesday, October 22nd in Bandera. The meet will start at 2:30 at the Bandera City Park. This will also be the location of the District Cross Country meet, which will be held exactly one week later. The District Cross Country meet will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th. It is going to be a tough battle between Mason, Brackettville, and San Antonio Stacey. We need your support! GO PUNCHERS & COWGIRLS.