The win by the Mason Men's and Women's Track & Field teams at Friday's conference meet enabled to the school to once again take home the All Sports trophy award. The Comets Track & Field teams immediately saw success entering the GMC with multiple first place finishes in the conference championship.
Here are excerpts from the story by Mason's Dan Hilen of the AD department. The Comets are back in action this Wednesday and Friday for the District Championships. We are once again blessed to be able to host the District meet and not only allow our athletes to participate on their own home track but also more of our fans can attend to support the team.
Come on out Wednesday and Friday and look for the parents in the special section near the finish line called "Comet Country". Go MASON! The coaches have a recap of both days of the GMC meet under the "COACH's BULLETIN" section of the website.
This is the article from the Regional Meet that was in the Pulse Journal online.
Congratulations to all the athletes that are continuing on to state and for those that contributed points to the team title. Each point was essential to their 1st and 3rd place finish! for more coverage please check www.pulsejournal.com
by Scott Hayes, Staff Writer
9:34 PM Friday, May 28, 2010
DAYTON — The Division I regional boys track and field team title came down to the wire. And it was the Mason Comets that claimed victory. Mason’s boys won the D-I team title by the slimmest of margins on Friday, May 28 -- beating Trotwood-Madison by a 73-72 score.
The Comets held a three point lead going into the final event, the 1,600 meter relay. Trotwood won the race, but Mason’s Junior Mapati, Andrew Gaylan-Mann, Chris Lehman and Alex Hamm took second in three minutes, 19.01 seconds to preserve the win.
“We’re really excited,” Mason boys track and field coach Chip Dobson said. “These guys have worked so hard, some of them for four years, I couldn’t be more pleased. It was a team effort, guys stepped up all over the place.
“It was a lot of fun. Well, somewhere between fun and terrifying, having it come down to the final race, That was some unbelievably crazy stuff. Second to none.”
In addition to winning the team title, the Mason boys won two individual championships at Welcome Stadium.
Zach Wills won the 3,200 meters — his third straight regional title — in 9:21.16. He also ran a leg on the winning 3,200 meter relay team — with Matt Kincaid, Tate Honaker and Matt Kahl — in 7:52.74.
Also qualifying for next week’s state championships for the Mason boys were Matt Mitchell in the pole vault (2nd, 14 feet), Alex Hamm in the high jump (2nd, 6-5), Eric Hauser in the 3,200 meters (3rd, 9:26.46), Matt Kahl in the 1,600 meters (4th, 4:25.39), Taylor Celestin in the 110 meter hurdles (4th, 14.40) and the 800 meter relay team of Mapati, Hamm, Scott Strait and Caleb Eastham (3rd, 1:28.68).
Mason’s girls placed third as a team with 53 points, behind champion Walnut Hills (63 points) and Withrow (59).
Mason’s girls won the regional title in the 400 meter relay as Kera Lamotte, Sarah Hunter, Brittany Betts and Tiwa Akomolede finished first in 48.30 seconds. That same quartet also qualified in the 800 meter relay, placing third in 1:40.92.
Also qualifying for state for the Mason girls were Olivia Bergesen in the pole vault (3rd, 10-9), Sarah Hunter in the long jump (3rd, 17-8 1/4), Brittany Betts in the 100 meters (3rd, 12.13 seconds), Jessica Harrison in the 3,200 meters (4th, 11:32.48) and the 3,200 meter relay team of Harrison, Monica Lake, Chelsea VanHook and Brenna Hallum (4th, 9:29.22).
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