The Dawson County High School varsity boys cross country team will compete in the Region 7-AAA meet at Unicoi State Park in Helen Oct. 31. The meet is being hosted by White County High School.
Dylan Forester looks to lead the Tigers into the meet with the 10th fastest time in the region at 16:44, which he set at the hilly course at Unicoi.
Forester finished in seventh place at Unicoi out of 185 runners in early October.
Last season the senior Tiger crossed the finish line in fifth place with a time of 16:46 at the region meet in Helen.
North Hall features the three top runners: led by Quintin Miles (15:27), Bryce Schubert (15:28) and Zack Hill (15:55). All three times were set at the relatively flat course at Alexander.
North Hall is also the defending region champion.
"I'm very optimistic about how well we can perform. North Hall has established themselves as a powerhouse for the past few years and looks primed to take another region 7-AAA title," said head coach Charles Beusse.
Region 7-AAA is a very strong region led by North Hall (ranked No. 2), Buford (ranked No. 6) and White County (ranked No. 11). Other teams competing at the region meet will be Banks County, East Hall, Fannin County and West Hall.
"I believe that our boys are in the fight for region runner up. We've raced Buford several times this season and while we have yet to beat them, we have closed the gap each time. If we're going to get them, it has to be next Thursday," Beusse said.
The Tigers will also be represented by runners Avery Cowart, Brandon Barker, Armando Jimenez and Bryan Colin.
"Right now, the most motivating thing I see is that we seem to be peaking at exactly the right time. Avery Cowart has continued to improve lately and I've seen some very encouraging things from Brandon Barker in recent workouts. Armando Jimenez and Bryan Colin, both first year runners, have to step up big for us. If they can do that, we could see something special out of this group of guys Thursday.
"For several of these boys, this could be the last race of their high school career. Win or lose, I just want them to go out at region and fight for every inch. I want them to be able to look back at this race and never doubt that they gave their all," Beusse said.