After a successful 2005 campaign, Mason High School’s cross country team continued its success in two meets last week. At Strasburg last Wednesday, both the boys and girls teams placed second overall and had strong individual performances.
Senior Fritz Langford led the boys with a ninth place time of 19:44 followed by freshman Teddy Rueckert in 11th at 19:45.
The guys’ team does an outstanding job of running in a pack, said head coach Julie Bravin.
The Mustang runners embodied the word “team” as they swept the 11-15th places with their top seven all finished within 21 seconds of each other.
It was also a strong showing for the girls team despite losing All-State junior Susanna Sullivan to illness; two runners cracked the top ten. Senior Emma Goetz finished in seventh with a time of 22:45, while junior Karina Robarge’s mark of 23:10 was good enough for ninth.
Last Saturday’s varsity-only Altoona Invitational in Altoona, PA saw Sullivan place fifth in 20:25 with Goetz and Maggie Fortenberry medaling at 29th and 32nd out of 133 runners. “The girls did great and pulled together to challenge the Pennsylvania teams,” Bravin said. Overall, the Mustangs placed fifth out of 19 teams.
The boys team were led by sophomore Louis Henninger, who finished in 44th with a time of 19:21. Staying together yet again, all seven Mustang runners finished within a minute, to help the team place 10th overall out of 151 runners on 21 teams.