Both of the varsity cross country teams for Dawson County High School took first place last weekend when the teams traveled to East Jackson High School for the Eagle Invitational.
The Lady Tigers finished first out of six teams with runner Frankie Muldoon leading the girls and earning the individual title—44 seconds ahead of the next closest runner.
“I felt that our girls’ team looked the best they have all year,” said Coach Charles Beusse. “These girls are young and they continue to improve each time we race them.”
Jenna Lecours finished the race in sixth overall, second for the Dawson team.
Completing the top five for the Lady Tigers were Marley Hamby in seventh, Abby Cotter taking 13th and Molly Meunchen in 14th.
“As the season progresses, I think the girls will continue to improve and hopefully be in a position for a podium spot at state. Right now, I believe we are in the driver’s seat for winning region,” Beusse said. “However, we have to keep working hard because GAC and North Hall both have good teams that could be contenders later in the year.
On the boys’ side, Dawson took first out of nine teams competing.
“Today was a good test for the boys because it gave us an
opportunity to race a strong Jefferson team, the defending AAA state champions
East Jackson and No. 2 ranked North Hall,” Beusse said. “It was a very good
battle and I was pleased to see our boys come out of it with a win.”
Cody Wood led the boys team even with a minor hamstring issue.
According to Beusse, runner Chris Shelp had his best race of the year.
Rounding out the top five for DCHS were Ben McGinnis, Nathan Blythe and Nico Poston.
“We still have lots of work to do, but I feel we are in a good position at this point in the year. We have a very strong team and the boys believe they are state contenders.”
The junior varsity boys team finished second out five competing at the JV level.
“I thought this was incredible considering how young this group of guys are,” Buesse said. “For most of these boys, this was their first 5K ever.”
Preston Burt finished eighth out of 64 runners and along with Ethan Smith were what Beusse called JV leaders.
“Within our program, we spend a lot of time in JV development. I believe that this is where long term success is built,” Beusse said.
Next up for the Tigers is the Wingfoot Classic at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23 in Cartersville.