Winning dual state titles last year, the cross country team has set a precedent for themselves. Critics inquire, will they live up to their record?
"We're supreme," stated a confident Lauren Meinhart, sophomore. "Other schools are going to be looking out for us."
Whether or not other schools are aware of the team's winning reputation is not a subject of dispute among the members of the team.
"We're historically good," said Nate Jones. "How couldn't they notice us?"
And there's reasoning behind their opinions. In past years, Head Coach Julie Bravin and her methods have proved successful in the performance of her runners. However, this is the first year following an era. The torch has been passed to a new head coach, Alisa Harvey.
"I enjoy her personality," said Bravin, sitting among her trophies. "Coach Harvey is someone who can relate with high schoolers. Not all coaches can do that."
In a word, Jeremy K. Brown, senior, calls her coaching, "notorious."
Putting the quality of the team aside, though, the competition facing George Mason is staggering. The last school to establish itself as the powerhouse of Virginia State was Clark County. Now it is George Mason's time to shine or be shined upon.
In the words of Strasburg Cross Country Coach, Jeff Rudy, "It is George Mason that other programs look to dethrone."
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