Last week the Dawson County varsity girls cross country team traveled to Carrollton for the Class AAA state meet and finished sixth overall behind junior Frankie Muldoon who was also sixth overall.
“While the girls were shooting for top five, I was proud of them,” said Coach Charles Beusse. “This is a very young team with four of our top seven being first year runners. To finish sixth in the state with such youth is incredible.”
Muldoon earned all-state honors for her third consecutive year with her finish at 20 minutes, 45 seconds.
The next finisher for the Lady Tigers was Jenna Lecours in 28th at 22:51.
“She has improved so much this season and will be one of our leaders next season,” Beusse said.
Senior Marley Hamby gave a great effort in her last state meet finishing third for the DCHS team, despite still battling illness according to Beusse.
“Marley is very special and she is one of the reasons the girls’ program is what it is today,” he said. “Under her leadership the girls team has won three region championships, placed top five in the state three times and made a podium appearance.”
Beusse also praised the efforts of first year runners Molly Muenchen, Evian Reinhardt, Abby Cotter and Celine Sapp.
“I expect this girls’ team to improve in the off season and come back stronger next season. 2018 looks bright for our girls’ team,” he said.
Beusse said he was pleased with the season overall for both programs and that the teams are now being recognized as part of one of the top programs in the state.
“Our coaching staff has put in a tremendous amount of work over the past five years to get the program to where it is, but it's really the runners that have made the difference,” he said. “We’ve just had some great kids who trusted in the process and were willing to work hard.
“I'd also like to give a special thanks to my assistant coaches Ben Barrett, George Graves, Eddie Roberts, and Jonathan Tinsley. These men work hard for our teams and sacrifice much of their time to help our runners.”