Seventeen George Mason High School athletes, including competitors and alternates, will be heading to Radford University this weekend to compete at the VHSL State Meet.
Last Wednesday’s Region B Track and Field Championship Meet provided athletes a final opportunity to post qualifying times for the state competition. George Mason, among 24 schools competing at the event, placed in the top third overall for the meet. The girls team tied for sixth place, and the boys team placed eighth.
The girls 4×100 relay team of Margarita Shevchenko, Joelle Randrianasolo, Lauren Bowling, and Tara Holman placed second (0:51.77). The girls 4×400 relay team of Darby Quave, Julianne Kelly, Maya King, and Blaise Sevier placed fifth (4:29.49). Sevier placed third in the girls 1600-meter run (5:27.54) and Holman placed sixth in the girls 100-meter dash (0:13.28). Sarah Macris placed third in the girls 800-meter run (2:34.72).
Truman Custer placed second in the boys 1600-meter run (4:33.48), and earned another second-place finish as part of the boys 4×400 relay team with Will Nunley, Michael Addo-Ashong, and Preston Custer (3:35.12). Nunley placed fourth in the boys 400-meter dash (0:52.33), and Preston Custer placed fourth in the boys 800-meter run (2:05.33). Jesse Schaffer placed sixth in the boys 3200-meter run (10:45.69).
For the state meet, the following athletes will compete in the following events: Holman in the girls 100-meter dash; Sevier in the girls 1600-meter run; Truman Custer in the boys 1600-meter run; the girls 4×100 relay team of Shevchenko, Randrianasolo, Bowling, and Holman (with King and Quave as alternates); Nunley in the boys 400-meter dash; Macris in the girls 800-meter run; Preston Custer in the boys 800-meter run; Sevier and Kaitlin Kutchma in the girls 3200-meter run; Schaffer in the boys 3200-meter run; the girls 4×400 relay team of Quave, Randrianasolo, King, and Holman (with Julianne Kelly and Macris as alternates); and the boys 4×400 relay team of Nunley, Addo-Ashong, Preston Custer, and Truman Custer (with Sasha Dibrov as an alternate).