Dawson County High School alumni Jacob Poston, class of 2017, led the No. 16 Augusta Jaguars to their highest finish in school history at the NCAA Division II National Cross-Country Championship in Sacramento, California on Nov. 23.
Poston was the top runner for the Jaguars, finishing 39th overall with a time of 30:57.3 to secure a ninth-place overall finish for the team. In the field of 34 competing schools, Augusta finished higher than 13 other nationally ranked opponents, three of which were ranked in the top 10.
Poston entered the finals as an All-Region Honoree after a break-out race in the Southeastern Regional Finals on Nov. 9. With an average pace of five minutes per mile over 6.2 miles, Poston finished second overall to lead the then No. 24 Jaguars to a runner-up finish and an automatic bid to the national finals.
During his time at Dawson County High School, Poston led the Tigers to four top-10 finishes at the GHSA State Finals and his success at the collegiate level comes as no surprise to Head Coach Charles Beusse.
“Jacob is a kid that the community got behind when he was in high school,” Beusse said. “In my opinion, he could possibly be as good as top 20 in the entire country right now.”
The connection between Augusta University and Dawson County will only continue to grow as Poston was joined this season by fellow DCHS Alum Christopher Shelp, and current senior Ben McGinnis has announced his commitment to the Jaguars for next season to the delight of Head Coach Adam Ward.
“Ben is a very physically gifted runner who has only scratched the surface of what he will become,” Ward said. “He comes from a great program at Dawson County where Coach Beusse continues to crank out talent. We are very glad to have Ben joining our family.”