I would first like to offer my congratulations to Coach Keller and the Mason boys and girls cross country teams for their outstanding performances at last week’s district meet. Both squads dominated the competition on an individual and team basis. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a little bit with the team and I couldn’t be prouder of this group of young men and women.
Secondly, I’d like to encourage the fine citizens of Mason to come out and support the teams at this week’s regional meet held in San Antonio. Both squads have a great shot at advancing to the state meet in Round Rock (which would be a first I believe). While the runners would love the support of the community there’s also something in it for those watching. Both teams have already made quite a bit of history: the girls have won district two of the last four years and have now qualified for regionals four consecutive years; the boys captured Mason’s first ever district championship and at one point in the season won four meets in a row; each team boasts of having the current school record holder in their respective distances; in short, these are the best distance runners Mason has ever had.
Running is the purest of sports. There are no referees, no judgments that can go awry, no time outs, no breaks for quarters or halftime, no time to stop and confer with a coach – it’s simply who can get from point A to point B the fastest. And while it may be simple it sure isn’t easy. These kids have worked their collective tales off to get to this point. The late, great Steve Prefontaine once said, “A lot of people run a race to see who’s the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts.” These kids have plenty of guts. So even if you can’t make it to San Antonio to cheer them on at least give them a bit of encouragement or a simple “good luck” if you see them this week.