Mason Invitational (9/12/20)
A new course and new challenges demanded an all-out effort, and the Lady Aves ran their hearts out.
Relaxing and dancing before their races, spirits soared even higher with the surprise return of Coach Dunne and 2020 alum Grace Deppert.
A major highlight was senior Victoria Schwegmann finishing first for the first time in her high school running career!
The hallmarks – mulch hill, rolling hills, creeks – remained but the course was different due to the Mason Aquatic Center construction.
The Varsity was led by senior Victoria Schwegmann (1st, 19:22). Junior Jemma Pooley (45th, 21:35) and freshman Anna Wegener (55th; 21:48) led the Aves pack, and sophomore Maria Shomo (66th, 22:15), and seniors Gaby Pereda (83rd; 22:46), Kyra McHugh (89th, 22:55), Sarah Schrantz (99th, 23:19) raced strong as well.
Senior Kaelyn Ziegler (13th, 23:08) and junior Emily Siderits (29th, 23:39) led the Aves JV squad, and sophomore Anna Hewitt (38th, 24:05) and Kayla Busby (41st, 24:15), Junior Chloe Gordon (50th, 24:38) and Sophomore Victoria Debrosse (51st, 24:43) ran gritty races.
In the open race, freshman Claire Jensen (11th, 24:32) led the Aves, and senior Elizabeth Staffiera (16th, 25:06), junior Clarice Newman (21st, 25:06), freshman Ally Ciotola (22nd, 25:33), Junior Ella Chapman (31st, 25:55), and Seniors Veronica Looney (33rd; 26:02) and Ella Burgess (36th, 26:07) competed to a 2nd place team finish.
The Aves compete at Milford on Saturday.
Full meet results available athttp://live.finishtiming.com/meets/202000448/eventsu