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Boys and girls track teams take first
Lady Tigers relay team sets school record
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The Dawson County High School boys and girls track and field teams both picked up wins last Friday when they hosted North Forsyth and Fannin County.

Aside from the team wins, the girls' 4x200 relay team-comprised of Sydney McGinnis, Alyssa Garcia, Avery Young and Abby Cotter-set a new school record with a time of 1:56.01.

"I am really proud of them. The team ran hard and ran with purpose," said Coach Arron Haynes.

In the field events, quite a few of the Lady Tigers took the top spots in their respective events.

Sophomore Anna Lowe took first in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet. She also came up with a second place finish in the discus at 71' 5".

Senior Emma Allen took fourth in the discus at 68' 6".

Seniors Nicole Chumbley and Sydney McGinnis both took first place, Chumbley in the long jump at 14' 4" and McGinnis in the triple jump at 28' 11 ½".

In the high jump, sophomore Lindsey LeBaron placed third at 4' 4".

The Lady Tigers also saw significant success on the track beyond the relay team's record-setting performance.

Dawson County took the top three spots in the 3200 meter race with Jenna LeCours and Marley Hamby tying for first at 14 minutes 7 seconds. Mary Farris followed at 15:59.

In the 1600m, Hamby and LeCours were again the top finishers. This time Hamby took first at 6:07 and LeCours was in second at 6:17.

In the 400m, Cotter was first at 1:04.69 and Chumbley finished fourth at 1:07.83.

Young took first in the 200m at 28.122 and picked up a third place finish in the 100m with a time of 13.50.

Garcia was third in the 200m at 29.02.

Freshman Kaselyn Martin won third in the 100m high hurdles at 19.48 and fourth in the 300m long hurdles at 56.95.

The Dawson County A team picked up a first place finish in the 4x400 relay at 4:39.

On the boys' side, Taylor Swofford finished first in the shot put with a distance of 42' 5" and Jeremy Whalen took fourth at 39' 6".

Zack Norris and Luke Ellis took second and third in the long jump with distances of 19' 1" and 18' 6 ¼".

Will Mulberry took third in the triple jump at 37' 2 ½".

Carlos Keller earned a first place spot in the high jump with a height of 6' 2". Sevaughn Clark followed up in third at 5' 8".

In the pole vault, Dawson garnered the top three spots with senior Ethan Cowart leading the way with first place at 11' 0". Cooper Freeman was second at 10' 6" and Brandon Jones was third at 9' 6".

On the track Cody Wood placed first in the 3200m with a time of 10:28. Ben McGinnis ran to a third place finish at 10:45.

Senior Jacob Poston led the field in the 1600m, winning with a 4:33. Christopher Shelp picked up second place at 4:50.

Poston also won the 800m with a 2:04 and Shelp took third at 2:09.

Senior Rusty Chester placed first for the Tigers in the 400m at 52.73.

In the 200m Jakob Scoggins finished in the top spot with a time of 23.20. Corey Hammond got third at 23.96 and Ellis took fourth at 24.84.

Clark earned a second place spot in the 100m for Dawson.

In the 300 intermediate hurdles, Tucker Stowers took fourth place at 48.07.

The Dawson relay teams took the top spots in the 4x100 and the 4x400 with times of 45.33 and 3:39 respectively.

In the 4x200 relay, the boys finished second.

The wins bring the boys to 5-0 on the season and the girls to 4-1 overall.

The teams hosted North Hall, East Hall and North Murray on March 28, but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County will compete again at 4 p.m. on March 30 at Gilmer against Gilmer and Southeast Whitfield.