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Junior Jacob Poston captured the Region 7-AAA cross country championship last Tuesday at Banks County High School in Homer. Poston crossed the finish line in 18 minutes and 37 seconds to easily win the title. Poston and the Tigers will compete for a state championship Saturday at the state meet in Carrollton. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson County News

For the first time in school history the Dawson County High School varsity boys cross country team has won a region title.

The Tigers earned 33 team points to defeat region runner-up Banks County who had 43 points.

A steady dose of rain on Oct. 27 and 28 made course conditions tough.

The Banks County course is tough enough in dry conditions, but standing water and mud lowered times by two to three minutes.

The Tigers were used to these conditions, as they train in any conditions.

Plus running at the Lambert meet under similar circumstances helped prepare the team.

Tigers junior Jacob Poston earned a milestone by winning the individual title covering the 5000-meter course with a time of 18:37.

Poston easily defeated runner-up Samuel Davidson from Banks County by 25 seconds to capture the title.

"Jacob Poston went out strong and led the race from the early stages and carrying that to an individual region title," said Head Coach Charles Beusse.

Christopher Shelp also had a great race for the Tigers coming in third place overall. Shelp crossed the finish line with a time of 19:14.

"Chris Shelp also had a fantastic race," Beusse said.

Freshman Cody Wood ran well with a time of 19:16 and a fourth place finish.

"Cody had the most impressive performance all meet. He had the best race of his career when we needed it and placed in fourth place," Beusse said.

Picking up team points for the Tigers was Garrett Carlisle in 11th-place (19:56) and Ethan Clark in 14th-place (20:37).

Just out of the points were Ethan Cowart in 18th-place (21:22) and Nico Poston in 19th-place (21:23).

Going into the region meet, the boys were a bit of a question mark as far as placement.

All season there had been a three-way battle between Dawson County, Banks County and West Hall.

"We knew that on any given day, one of the three had a shot to win the title. We had seen Banks County race well early in the season and had lost to West Hall in our last meeting with them before region," Beusse said. "We have a very talented group of guys this year, but they are also young and I knew it would be tough to beat West Hall's veteran group ranked sixth in the state.

"However, we were fortunate enough to have a good day."

Making the first team All-Region team were: Poston, Shelp and Wood.

The Tigers will now compete in the Class AAA state meet Saturday at Carrollton High School. Start time will be 10:35 a.m.

Last season the Tigers finished ninth overall in the state event.