Mike Dyer reports:
Saturday morning’s Mason Invitational cross country meet has 100 plus teams entered which equates into 3,700 athletes and counting, according to Mason girls’ cross country coach Chip Dobson.
The 39th annual meet starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Corwin M. Nixon Park. Even a team from South Carolina (Darlington) is bringing boys and girls runners, according to Dobson.
Three top-ranked girls’ teams in Ohio (Mason), Indiana (Carmel) and Kentucky (Assumption) are scheduled to participate. The rankings are from the Ohio coaches’ association and XCNation.com.
St. Ursula junior Annie Heffernan could be going for an all-time course record which is currently held by former Mason standout Angela Bizzarri who ran Corwin M. Nixon Park in 18:01 in 2005.
“It should be a great meet for Mason,” Dobson said. “We always love to run against the best and you can’t get much better than Assumption and Carmel. We also have some great Ohio teams coming, with a great field of “front runners” from local and regional teams.”
On the boys side, Carmel is ranked No. 4 in the country and Assumption is No. 3, according to XCNation.com. Trinity, Cooper and Davies County are also talented squads participating. The Ohio boys race is expected to between Centerville and Mason, according to Dobson.
The meet will also feature hundreds of parent volunteers and a ton of food with drinks, pizza and hot dogs being offered.
“(There are) two creek crossings, several hay bales, (a) color guard and lots of of energy,” Dobson said.