Close to 80 Mason track and field athletes had an early morning departure Saturday to compete in the 74th Handley Invitational starting at 9 a.m. in Winchester. Strong winds and mild spring temperatures balanced each other out to make for good conditions.
Twenty schools sent teams to compete. Most were 4A, 5A, and 6A, and there were a couple of district rivals present too.
Overall, the girls finished 9th with 23 points and the boys finished 19th with three points. The Girl’s were the top 2A school in the meet beating District rivals Clarke & Strasburg.
Individually the girls had three state qualifiers in four events: Tara Holman in the 100-meter and 400-meter, and Blaise Sevier and Logan Funk in the 3200-meter. There were 21 personal records, 2 season bests and 5 athletes who were in the point-earning, top-eight finishes for their seven events. Holman placed third in the 100-meter and the 400-meter dash.
All the results can be found at va.milesplit.com/meets/201866/results/361696.
The boys and girls track and field team competed in a 5-way district meet at Strasburg High School, but results of the meet were not available at press time. They’ll also participate in Saturday’s all-day, larger Ram Invitational at Strasburg.
Both will give the Mustangs great exposure to the site where the conference meet is held at the end of the season.