The 7-AAA Cross Country Regional Tournament took place at Unicoi State Park Oct. 25 and both Dawson County High School teams turned in season best results to take second place honors and secure their spots in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Tournament coming up on Nov. 3.
Finishing a full minute and a half ahead of the competition, senior Frankie Muldoon captured her fourth consecutive individual title and established a new school record for the second time in two weeks to lead her team to a second place overall finish on the day.
Muldoon’s time of 18:22:00 shaved 4.4 seconds off the Dawson County High School 5k record of 18:26:40, which she set on the same course earlier this season. With her performance on the day, Muldoon goes into the state tournament as the No. 2 ranked runner in 7-AAA behind Naima Turbes out of Westminster.
“There are very few runners who have been able to win four straight individual region titles,” said Head Coach Charles Beusse. “I believe (Muldoon) will be remembered for years to come as one of the best runners to come out of north Georgia.”
Jenna Lecours, junior, crossed the line in ninth place overall for the Tigers with a career best 20:58:60 and, along with strong performances from Avery Young, Molly Muenchen and Isabelle Kinsey (all of whom finished in the top 20 on the day), helped firmly secure the Tigers second place finish.
“I felt like our girls gave us all they had. I was very proud of them and believe they can compete well at state” Beusse said.
The DCHS boys’ team set a program record with their overall team average of 16:33. Every member of the team turned in career best times and placed five runners in the top 10, only to come up 3 points short of the runners from North Hall High School, who entered the race ranked third in the state.
Junior Ben McGinnis, senior Cody Wood and sophomore Wiley Dennis (who finished third, fourth and sixth respectively) qualified for All-Region First Team honors while fellow runners William Mulberry, senior, and Luke Hamby, sophomore, stood in ninth and tenth place overall and earned All-Region Second Team honors for their performances on the day.
“They gave it all they had, and I couldn't be more proud,” Beusse said. “In the end, the 1-2 punch of North Hall on the front end proved to be too much for us to make up for.”