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Dawson County track and field teams send 19 to state finals
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The Dawson County track and field teams continued to prove themselves again last week as 19 qualified to compete in the state finals in Albany.

"We were so proud for them as they qualified," said Head Coach Arron Haynes. "A lot of the ones who did not qualify had a personal best on Saturday which just wasn't good enough to make it into Albany."

The teams traveled to SE Bulloch High School on April 29 to try and earn spots at the Albany event on May 11-13.

During the meet, the girls' 4 x 400 meter relay set a new school record with a time of 4 minutes, 17 seconds and that was enough to earn a spot in the state finals. Members of that relay team are Alyssa Garcia, Sydney McGinnis, Avery Young and Abby Cotter.

"All four showed up at the right time and at the same time and big things happened," Haynes said. "We knew all season they could do it, but could never get all four at the same time."

On the girls' side, Young also qualified in the 400m with a time of 1:02.01, finishing in fourth.

In the 800m, Bailey Cotter qualified with an eighth place finish at a time of 2:36.86.

Senior Jenna LeCours qualified in the 3200m at 13:06.72 while finishing fifth.

Marley Hamby earned a spot in the 1600m at 5:55.29 in eighth place. Hamby also qualified in the 3200m at 13:13.43 in sixth place.

Bri Ray took fifth overall in the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches to qualify. Garcia also earned a spot in the pole vault at a height of 7'.

Anna Lowe's third place finish in the shot put earned her a place with a 34' 6 ½" throw.

On the boys' side, Jacob Poston finished first in the 800m with a time of 2:00.08 to qualify. He also qualified in the 1600m in third at 4:32.74.

Chris Shelp was a qualifier in the 1600m in sixth with a 4:43.18.

Cody Wood was second in the 3200m at 10:22.53 to earn a spot in the state finals.

Corey Hammond, Noah Brock, Rusty Chester, Cooper Freeman, Poston and Chris Rodriguez all qualified in the 4x400.

Carlos Keller was second in the high jump at 6' 2" and along with SeVaughn Clark who was fifth with a 6' jump qualified for the state finals.