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Mason Cross Country Squads Sweep Region Titles, Head to States Friday

A week after sweeping Bull Run District titles, the George Mason High School’s varsity girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams continued their dominance, each winning their Virginia A Region B championship races on Wednesday, marking the first regional cross-country double victory in the school’s history.

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The Mason High boys cross country team won their first-every regional title last week and head to states this Friday. (Photo: Mark Robarge)
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The George Mason Girls cross country team will defend their state title at the championship meet this Friday at Great Meadow. (Photo: Mark Robarge)

 

A week after sweeping Bull Run District titles, the George Mason High School’s varsity girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams continued their dominance, each winning their Virginia A Region B championship races on Wednesday, marking the first regional cross-country double victory in the school’s history.

Beating arch-rival Clarke County and other schools, both Mason teams are now headed for the state championship meet at Great Meadows this Saturday, Nov. 13.

The defending state champs, the Lady Mustangs Julia Estrada, Michele de Mars, Eva Estrada, Emma Vieillescazes, Abby Perez, Mollie Breen and Hannah Beaman had the first race on a cool, overcast day at Panorama Farms, home course of the University of Virginia cross country team. All seven Mason girls charged through the hilly, 5-kilometer grass course in 21 minutes or less, dominating the event and coming away with their third consecutive regional title. The seven won all-region individual recognition, as well.

The boys team–Jordan Robarge, Jesse Schaffer, Jeremy K. Brown, Daniel Drawbaugh, Jeremy M. Brown, Dane Warner and Paul Henninger–fought off tough competition from Clarke and Altavista high schools. At the finish, each of the Mustang boys came across the line in less than 18 minutes and 13 seconds, winning the school’s first-ever boys’ cross country regional championship.

Coached by Julie Bravin and Kristin White, the GMHS cross-country program this season has had more than 60 student-athletes involved at the varsity and junior varsity levels.

In addition, Bravin was named the Region B Girls Coach of the Year. Last month, Bravin picked up honors as the Bull Run District’s girls top coach.