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Dawson runners and high jumper make it to podium
Tigers set three new school records at state competition
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The Dawson County High School boys and girls track teams traveled to Albany last week for the state meet where three athletes made it on the podium, three new school records were set and the boys team took 15th overall.

"We could not be more proud of both the boys and girls team this past week," said Coach Arron Haynes. "Almost everyone had a personal best. All were true competitors."

The teams competed May 11-13 at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Senior runner Jacob Poston set two new school records with his finishes in the 800 meter at 1 minute, 57.19 seconds and the 1600m at 4:21.20. For both efforts, he was third in the state for Class AAA.

Sophomore Cody Wood was seventh in the state in the 3200m with a time of 10:08.23.

Another sophomore, Carlos Keller, also made the podium with his eighth place finish in the high jump at 6'.

Another top finisher for the Tigers was Vaughn Clark who took 10th in the high jump.

The boys 4x400 relay team of Chris Rodriguez, Cooper Freeman, Corey Hammond and Rusty Chester were 14th overall.

Freshman Briana Ray set a school record in the pole vault by clearing 8' to finish in 10th.

Anna Lowe earned a 10th place finish in the shot put with her distance of 31' 3 ¾".

Marley Hamby was 11th in the 3200m with a time of 12:59.69 and 14th in the 1600m at 5:58.54.

Freshman Avery Young was 11th in the state in the 400m.

In the 800m, Bailey Cotter also ran to an 11th place finish.

The girls' 4 x 400 relay team of Sydney McGinnis, Alyssa Garcia, Young and Abby Cotter was 15th in the state.

"Not only did they compete well, they also represented the county and community well," Haynes said. "I had several Albany locals comment on how well behaved our team was and how well they represent Dawson County and north Georgia.

"This entire season has been outstanding and though we lose some great seniors, the future still looks bright."