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Track teams compete at invitational

POSTED: March 23, 2010 4:08 p.m.
Ryan Coker Dawson Community News/

Tyler Thurmond runs with a determined face in a leg of the 4x400 meter race in last Saturday's meet at GACS.

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Last Tuesday the Dawson County girls track team set two new school records in the pole vault and 3,200-meters. Head Coach Arron Haynes Lady Tigers’ team also picked up a win over Fannin County, 93-38.


Jade Hyde broke the school record in the pole vault with a vault of 7’6.”


In the 3,200-meter race, Madalyn Walters, continues to dominate. She broke her own record with a time of 12:01.


The Tiger boys’ team came in second on Tuesday, after scoring 56 points to Fannin’s 20. Riverside Military Academy finished first after posting 77 points.


Both teams traveled to Norcross on Saturday to compete in the highly competitive Greater Atlanta Christian Invitational.


The girls team finished in fifth place, just one point behind fourth place finisher Peachtree Rider.


The Lady Tigers scored 50 points to Peachtree Ridge’s 51. Winning the 14-team event was host Greater Atlanta Christian School with 117 total points.


GACS was followed by Decatur and Westminster.


“It was the best finish we have ever had at this Invitational, which is one of the best ones around,” said Haynes.


Dawson had many girls place in the top eight and earn points for their team.


Walters finished second in the 3,200-meter with a time of 12:02 and third in the 1,600-meter with a time of 5:36.40.


Kerstin Hlinski came in third place in the 400-meter (1:04.36) and high jump (4’6”).


Kimberly Wallace jumped 15’1.5” in the high jump, which was good enough for fourth place. Wallace finished in sixth place in the triple jump (32’3.5”).


Gracie Hovan had a good meet as well. She took fifth place in the 200-meter (28:30) and fourth place in the triple jump (32’10”).


Also earning team points were Judith Hall in the 200-meter, Tiffanie Rowan 100-meter hurdles, Jade Hyde in the pole vault, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.


On the boys’ side, Rush Davenport picked up a third place medal in the 100-meters, with a time of 11:34.


Tigers Zach Wilkins and Luke Parks picked up team points. Wilkins finished in fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.38. Parks came in sixth place in pole vault with a vault of 10 feet.


The team as a whole took 12th place in the 16-team boys’ event. The Tigers earned 13 points during the meet.


Westminster took first place with 105 points, followed by Jefferson and Decatur.


“More than half of the team finished the day with personal bests in their event,” said Haynes.


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