Battling mud and rain, the George Mason High School girls varsity cross country team won the first-place trophy for the second year in a row last Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs dominated the course with a 30-point margin at the Virginia state championship held at Great Meadows, Va.
For the boys team, which also competed in the state championship Saturday, the Mustangs placed in seventh overall.
Top honors went to the lead Mason runner, sophomore Eva Estrada, who clocked in third place with a time of 20:08. Estrada earned All State honors for her performance.
All State honors also went to junior Mollie Breen, who came in 11th at 20:52.
Sophomore Michele de Mars, who placed in 17th at 21:12, almost qualified for All State.
Keeping the team ahead of the competition, freshman Hannah Beaman came in 22nd place (21:39), sophomore Abby Perez in 23rd (21:41) and freshman Julia Estrada in 27th (21:53).
In her first race back since sustaining an injury, sophomore Leah Roth placed 43rd in 22:44.
For the boys team, senior Miles Butler came in 34th with a time of 18:14, and junior Daniel Drawbaugh placed 38th in 18:18.
Freshman Jeremy K. Brown ran across the finish line in 42nd place in 18:23, followed by junior Jordan Robarge (18:42) and freshman Jesse Schaffer (18:46).
Senior Will Ketchum (19:20) and junior Dane Warner (20:05) rounded out the varsity team’s state performance.