Kevin Goheen reports:
Mason’s Lauren Wood is headed to Portland, Ore. Saturday to compete in the Nike Cross Nationals.
The Mason girls’ team was not chosen as one of the four at-large teams after placing fourth at the Midwest regional. The Comets also won the Division I state title this year, their first, beating second-place Centerville by 100 points.
The top two teams in each of the nine regional meets automatically qualified for the finals, plus the four at-large teams.
Senior Wood, however, will be going as an individual. The top five finishers from the regional who weren’t on qualifying teams are invited to the finals. Wood was seventh at the regional but one runner declined the invitation. Another spot opened when New Trier (Ill.) was added as an at-large team, taking with it the runner who placed sixth, one spot ahead of Wood.
The St. Xavier Bombers, which won the Division I state title on Nov. 3, received one of the four at-large bids to the national finals.