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Cross Country: Tigers reach podium in first race of 2020 season
Celine Sapp (left) and Anna LeCave (right) running alongside one another at the Tiger’s first cross country race of the 2020 season at Roper Park in Jasper, Georgia on Aug. 15. - photo by Jacob Smith

In the first cross country race of the season on Aug. 15, the Dawson County Tigers men’s cross country team finished in third place. 

The men’s team has four runners finish in the top 25 at the Pickens Peek race at Roper Park in Jasper, Georgia. Their team total was good enough for third, finishing behind Pope High School and winners West Forsyth High School.

Ethan Smith finished in 21st place with 18:36.5 as his final time and Brendan Swafford finished the 5 kilometer race with a time of 18:26.6, good enough for 18th place. Sam Hulsey came in 14th, with 18:06.6 as his official time. 

Coming in under 18 minutes, Wiley Dennis finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place, with 17:55.7 being his official time. 

With a final time of 17:33.0, Luke Hamby said it was just fun to be back out running with his friends again and that he hopes he made his mom proud. His ninth place finish overall in the race was good enough to receive a medal. 

The Lady Tigers Cross Country team, who raced first, had to wait 30 extra minutes while the race staff attempted to dry the course off as well as they could due to a thunderstorm the night before. 

The Lady Tigers did not place as a team during the event, but Bella Hunt, who ran in the junior varsity race, finished as the Tiger’s top women runner with a time of 22:31.2, secured a second place overall finish for junior varsity women. Jules Phillips finished in the top 25 of varsity runners, with a final time of 23:11.4.

Dawson County’s Junior Varsity men’s team finished in second place on the day, with Chase Cofield running a 20:37.6, which was good enough for fourth place in the junior varsity race. 

After the race, Head coach Charles Beusse said that he expects the team to only get faster and perform better as the season continues. He added that the weather slowed everyone down but that it was still a great first race of the season.