Published in The News-Herald
April 10, 2021
The revolutions on the trademark wind turbine were going a little faster than usual April 9 during the Greg Lusk Relays at Kenston.
The revolutions on the track from the Bombers’ distance crew did a nice job generating power as well.
Kenston’s girls 4×1,600-meter quartet of Paige Masson, Ellie Pleune, Emerson Greene and Cece Paglia contributed to that cause, shattering the meet record in the event with a time of 22 minutes, 8.57 seconds.
The prior standard was a 22:19.93 by Woodridge in 2014.
The early portion of the race for the Bombers, including Masson’s opener, was steady and solid into Paglia on the anchor.
Things suddenly got interesting with a ferocious 250 attack by Woodridge anchor Reese Reaman. Paglia did well to stave off the win, though, in the last 50 as the Bombers reigned on their home track.
“I haven’t really run the 1,600 in a long time,” Masson said. “So we were all really excited to try it. Cece and the rest of them have all been used to running it, so we had a pretty solid idea with it. I started it off, and I just tried to hold on. We all kept it going strong, and then we get the meet record and the Kenston school record, so we did good.”
Masson was also the popper on Kenston’s first-place 4×8, which recorded a 10:16.53. She and her teammates know well in Division I they’ll have to push for the 9:40 range by May, but this will serve as a starting point nonetheless.