State meet concludes track and field’s successful season

Rahul Parikh | Sports Editor

The Mason High School’s track and field teams were very successful this season, with the boys team winning the GMC for the 11th time in school history and making a big impact at state as well. The girls team finished just half a point behind Princeton in the GMC Championship and Amaya King placed in the state finals in the discus and shot put events.

For the men’s team, Akari Porter was a standout, placing 5th in the state in the 400 meter dash, as well as being a part of the 4X400 team that qualified for the state meet.  Porter said that the team met their goals for the season, and he was excited for his placement at state.

“We came into the season really wanting to capture the GMC and that’s an expectation that we met, and all the guys were really proud of, “ Porter said. “I’m happy for my top 5 finish at state, and even though I didn’t run my best time of the year, I have nothing to complain about.”

For the boys and girls team alike, next year’s season will be a completely new challenge with the loss of critical seniors who were also great leaders. Porter said that he believes the Comets can overcome the tough task and pull through.

“We definitely have our work cut out for us next season,” Porter said. “But I think that some of the younger guys can step up on varsity, and make a meaningful impact to give us another run at a good year.”

 

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Photos by Nathalie Schickendantz.

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