This years Mason Cross Country Invitational features some of the best runners and teams from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The D1 runs feature both the Ohio boy's and girl's number one ranked runners, Mason's Nick Grismer and St. Ursula's Annie Hefferan and Kentucky's #5 ranked runner, Cooper's Zachary Taylor. On the team side, the boy's D1 race features the #2 and 3 teams from KY, Cooper and Trinity. Carmel, Indiana's #1 ranked Girl's team, has the #1, 2, 3, and 5th ranked girl's in the state, led by sisters Haley Harris (#1) and Kelsey Harris (#2). the Mason girl's are ranked #1 in Ohio and the Beavercreek Girls are ranked #3. The highlight of the D2 races may be Footlocker national qualifier, Gabby Karas of Collins from Shelbyville, KY.
A preview of the Rod Russell Mason Invitational
This year's Mason Invitational Cross Country Meet promises to be as good as ever with a new record number of athletes and teams competing. This year the meet boasts teams from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and South Carolina for the first time. The course is in great shape, the summer rains have provided some nice grass, but is it still hard enough to run fast. On the boys side, the meet looks like a showdown between the best of Ohio vs. the best of Kentucky.
Much of this meet obviously depends on who runs what.... but regardless, this meet will be loaded, and some great battles will no doubt occur. In the 110 Hurdles, the matchup between Asad Maiden of Mason vs. Joey Wilkin of Westerville North and the ever-improving Leonard Staten of Wayne should be a great start. The 300s should also be fun with 8 athletes coming to the meet all under 41, and a few under 40.
The Mason Invite, presented by Buckeye Running Company is shaping up to be an epic event. The meet will feature the top teams from Ohio and Indiana on the girls and boys sides. Also present are amazing individuals and some of the top D2 teams in the state as well.
The Rod Russell Mason Invitational this weekend promises to be a great event. Things kick off with field events at 4:15, and running prelims of the short sprints at 4:30. After Senior Night and the 4x800s the meet begins.
This meet appears to be shaping up to be the one of the premier meets in the state of Ohio on Saturday.