By Mark Schmetzer, Enquirer contributor
Kinsey McBeath hadn’t run much varsity cross country for Mason before this season, according to Comets coach Chip Dobson.
The senior still had enough experience to know what she had to do down the stretch of Saturday’s Division I state meet.
“I knew I had to keep passing people,” she said. “I passed more than I normally do.”
McBeath’s finish helped Mason, the No. 1 team in the Enquirer’s Division I coaches’ poll and No. 3 team in the statewide coaches’ rankings, clinch its second consecutive state championship. The Comets had a 16-point lead over runnerup Beavercreek, the state’s fourth-ranked team, through each team’s first four finishers before McBeath finished 20 places and 15 points ahead of the Beavers’ fifth-place finisher.
“It was a great team effort,” Dobson said. “We’ve had a lot of girls step up and fill holes this year. This has been a challenging year. One of our girls had anemia and our top two probably ran their worst race last week at regionals. We certainly didn’t go into this meet thinking it was in the bag. The girls were a little excited this week, but we still had a little doubt set in after last week. We spent the week getting rid of some demons.
“We knew it had to be a team effort, and nobody wanted to just along for the ride.”