Last Saturday the George Mason High School track and field team participated in the Saxon Classic, pitting the A school against some of the biggest schools in the area, including host Langley High School, South Lakes High School and Paul VI. The injury-plagued Mustangs came out looking strong for the 2007 season, led by a duo of juniors in Susanna Sullivan and Josh Jenkins, both of whom broke meet records for their respective races.
Jenkins, who currently holds the 400m record at Mason with a time of 49.48, finished with a time of 50.00 to shatter the former meet record of 50.63. With a great start to the season, Jenkins will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with come district meets.
“Josh’s 400m was outstanding,” Mason Head Coach Julie Bravin said. “He’s well on his way to breaking his own Mason record.”
Sullivan, one of the greatest distance runners ever to walk through the halls of George Mason, followed her male counterpart by breaking the meet record in the 1600m by nearly two seconds and shattering her own school record in the 3200m. In the 3200m, Sullivan broke 11 minutes for the first time as well, turning in a 10:57 time.
Following the meet, Bravin sang the praises of the efforts of sophomore Melissa Benn, who for only starting shot put last year, finished an impressive third place in the meet.
Other point winners for the Mustangs were senior Derek Devore who placed third in the 300 hurdles, junior Yusof Becker, who finished fifth in the 110 hurdles, and senior Ed Hickey, who was sixth in the discus. On the girls side, junior Amelia Nystrom finished third in the 300 hurdles, while her fellow classmen Karina Robarge finished fourth in both the 100 and the 300 hurdles.
The next meet, and the first in the Bull Run District for the Mason runners, will take place on April 11 at Rappahannock High School.