Lady Trojans, Mazzei continue dominance
Avery Mazzei and the Jenks girls cross country team continued their dominance last weekend winning the pre-state meet at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
As a team, the Lady Trojans have come in first place in each of their four races to this point. Mazzei has placed first overall in three out of the four.
The sophomore has seen a hefty leap in her production from last year to now. She’s found a way to be one of the premier runners in the state at a young age.
“I think it’s mostly training, and God has definitely helped me in everything,” Mazzei said. “Training with coaches and training hard just helps.”
At the Edmond Santa Fe meet Jenks took first place with a total time of 1:43:38, edging out Santa Fe which finished at 1:47:58. The pre-state meet gives teams the chance to compete on the same course the state meet will take place.
Mazzei finished first at 18:59.47, a minute faster than Sapulpa’s Stailee Heard who came in second. Mazzei dominated the race despite it being one of the more difficult tracks she’s seen all season.
“It’s not my favorite course,” Mazzei said. “It feels a lot harder for some reason. There aren’t big hills, it’s just the slight incline is longer, there isn’t a drastic change, and it tires out your legs.”
Mazzei’s only real competition thus far has come from Broken Arrow’s Payton Hinkle.
In each race they’ve competed against each other, Hinkle and Mazzei have been neck-and-neck. Mazzei finished ahead of Hinkle at Deer Creek but Hinkle found revenge in Broken Arrow’s host meet.
Aside from Hinkle, competition hasn’t been strong. Mazzei credits a weaker field in 2019 for her success.
“I think last year there was definitely more competition as far as I know one girl I’ve mainly competed with this year,” she said. “Last year there were seniors and I think I wasn’t as fast long distance. There’s less competition.”
Mazzei and the Lady Trojans have the opportunity to push a successful season even further this weekend at the Chile Pepper Festival meet in Fayetteville, AR. The annual regional race pits hundreds of high school runners from Arkansas and surrounding states against one another.
Last year Mazzei finished around the top 10, this year her sites are set a little higher. She hopes to either take first place or beat her personal record of 18:11.
“I trained for it,” Mazzei said. “I want it really bad. It’s a big race with a lot of competition so I think it would be amazing to win that and put that on my resume.”