Camdenton's Mason wins his first career race

It has been quite some time since a Camdenton cross country runner was the first to cross the finish line.

The drought came to an end on Monday afternoon at Lebanon as Camdenton junior Garett Mason bested the varsity field with a time of 17 minutes and 22 seconds. 

"Garrett became the first Laker runner in many years to win a varsity race as he took the lead in the first mile and held on to win by eight seconds," Camdenton coach David Weber noted of the returning sectional qualifier. "This was a new position (running in the lead) for him and I thought he handled it well in not letting the other runners get too close."

It was a good day for other Laker runners as well. Andrew DiBello was the other varsity runner to represent the Camdenton boys and finished with a time of 18:46 to earn 11th.

"Andrew showed good determination as well. He was in 15th place about halfway through the race and passed several runners in the last mile," Weber stated. 

Meanwhile, Skyler Sweezor and Cambrie Kowal represented the Camdenton varsity girls and both runners earned the first varsity medals of their careers. Sweezor came in 12th at 22:52 and Kowal finished 16th with a time of 23:56.

"Skyler and Cambrie had to wait around for nearly four hours before their race, but competed well," Weber remarked. 

While the coach was certainly pleased with the varsity times, he also took some time to commend the efforts of his junior varsity runners as well, including the junior varsity girls who brought home the second place trophy.

"Many of the junior varsity runners had their best times for two miles and competed quite well," he said. "I was happy with the rest of our girls for competing well down the stretch. They were led by first year runner Abby Bellew in 11th place. Erika Nevins, Autumn Davis, Alicia Symthe and Emma Price will be vying for varsity spots over the next few weeks and did much to improve tonight. Riley Head placed sixth in the J.V. boys division and is improving weekly." 

Up next for the Lakers is a Saturday race at Fulton where Camdenton will look to earn some more milestones. The action is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.