Mason Sartain has had an incredible 10 months of track and field competition for the Lakeland Yellowjackets. We’ve covered his journey this year, but it all wrapped up last week. Sartain took time to get home, and rest following Legion nationals.
8th best in 100m
Mason ran a solid 11.65 seconds in the Midget 100m dash to qualify for the final heat. With his energy tank drained, he managed to run an 11.73 seconds in the final. He finished last in the race, but #8 in the Midget division of Canadian Track and Field.
Mason qualified for the 200m final as well. He ended up finishing 8th, but still had a great run of 24.10 seconds. He ran in the 4x100m relay, but team dysfunction caused Team Alberta to be disqualified.
“Mason was the only sprinter in the 4x100m race… They had a little trouble with hand-offs, none of them had ever done it. I’m talking we are sitting in the stands with thousands of people, and we watched Team Alberta mess up on every single hand off, and you know what it was funny. It calmed everybody down, everybody was laughing.” Kevin Sartain, Mason’s father, recounts.
The tank was empty for Mason pretty much before the competition even got started. His hip injury from June still wasn’t healed for Legion Nationals. That didn’t stop him from pulling together his 4×100 team for a silver medal performance in the track medley event. Mason ran an impressive 200m, and captured a well deserved medal.
“I would say I did good, though I could have if I didn’t get that injury. Overall though, I still think I did great.” Mason says. “I would like to thank my coach Larry for helping me through training, even when I was hurt… My dad because we did some training days, and gym days before nationals. Also my family members who came out and watched like my grandma and grandpa, who drove all the way from Alberta. It’s not a short drive. Mom and dad for supporting me the entire time. One last one, my sponsor Dignity Memorial for helping me.”
Rest. Mason still needs to recover from his hip injury, and will take the rest of the summer, and part of the fall to rest. He heads back to school with a swell of confidence, and the ability to push himself ever farther.