Both teams set school records as the Dawson County track and field prgram was well represented at the GHSA state track and field championships May 11-12 in Albany as 14 Tigers and Lady Tigers combined for nine podium finishes at the highest levels of competition.
The boys’ 4x400-meter relay team continued to re-write the DCHS record book as the unit consisting of seniors Noah Brock, Cody Wood, Cooper Freeman and sophomore Collin Killgore finished with a time of 3 minutes and 26.92 seconds in the qualifying heat to break their own record set earlier this year. Unable to match their speed in qualifying, the group posted a 3:28.63 (which also would have beaten the original record) and finished on the state podium in eighth place.
Kilgore provided the boys’ team with a second DCHS record setting performance when he crossed the finish line of the 800m in fifth place with a time 1:56.84. He also captured a seventh-place finish in the 1600m to lead Dawson County with three podium finishes.
Carlos Keller rounded out the scoring for the Tigers as he cleared the bar at 6 feet and 2 inches in the high jump for the squad’s second fifth place finish of the day.
A shoeless Frankie Muldoon posted Dawson County’s highest finish of the day as she managed a third-place finish in the 3200m with a time of 11:46.76 after losing a shoe in the opening laps. Muldoon, this time with both shoes, went on to set a third DCHS record in the 1600m as she crossed the finish line with a fourth-place time of 5:19.98.
Both Dawson County pole vaulters stood atop the podium as they duo of junior Briana Ray and sophomore Emma Pelfry round out a three-way tie for eighth place with Rachel Smith of Sonoraville with all three crossing the bar at eight feet.
Senior Anna Lowe wrapped up her career with a seventh-place finish as she hurled the shot put 35 -08 to give the Lady Tigers fourth state finalist of 2019.