At the beginning of the season Frankie Muldoon was very clear about her personal goals as a cross country runner.
“I want the team to win at state,” Muldoon said. “And I want to beat the school record.”
After her performance at the Mountain Invitational in Unicoi State Park on Thursday, Oct. 4, she can check the box on the record.
With a final time of 18:27, Muldoon shattered the Dawson County High School 5k record, formerly held by Madalyn Walters, by more than six seconds.
Despite the record-setting pace, Muldoon finished second overall and the Lady Tigers as a team managed a seventh place finish on the day.
Also turning in her best performance of the season with a time of 21:19, Jenna LeCours led the rest of the Tigers across the finish line as the 3–7 runners came in as a bunch centered around the 23-minute mark.
“As a whole, I was proud of how well our runners competed. We had many season best performances and also some career best performances” said Head Coach Charles Beusse. “This was encouraging to me as we always strive for constant improvement.”
The men’s cross country team led by seniors Cody Wood and Ben McGinnis, who finished 12 and 13 running neck-to-neck with times of 16:30 and 16:32, also posted record breaking numbers with a team average of 17:02, one of the best averages in program history according to Beusse.
Strong performances from Wiley Dennis, William Mulberry and Luke Hamby, all of whom finished in under 18 minutes, rounded out the team’s scoring and placed them third overall on the day.
“Much like the girls, our success at region and state will be determined by the performances of our 3-7 runners,” Beusse said. “On Thursday, those guys looked strong, but we do need a little more before region if we want to be able to pull off something special.”
The teams will travel to Pickens County for the final race of the regular season, the Sharptop Invitational, on Oct. 13.