Despite having one of the team’s top runners under the weather, the Dawson County High School varsity girls cross country team raced to a second place finish at Unicoi State Park behind the efforts of junior Frankie Muldoon.
Muldoon earned her third straight individual region title with a time of 19 minutes, 11 seconds.
“Nearly every varsity girl we raced at region set a personal best time and that shows just how hard our girls were fighting,” said Coach Charles Beusse. “Frankie Muldoon had another strong race and came away with her third straight individual region title.”
Sophomore Jenna Lecours helped the effort by stepping up at a critical time and finishing fourth overall with her personal best time of 21:06.
“Though she is only a sophomore, Jenna is a leader and one of the hardest workers we have. When faced with a challenge, she always steps up,” Beusse said.
Freshman runner Molly Muenchen had a great race, according to Beusse with her 22:20 finish that put her in 11th.
“She is young, but there’s so much potential for her in this sport,” he said.
Marley Hamby battled illness throughout the week, but according to Buesse was determined to race for her senior season and still managed to finish at 14th.
“If there was an award given for guts, Marley would have earned it,” Beusse said. “Despite being sick, she gave us all she had and finished fourth for Dawson.
“She could have easily chosen not to run while sick, but instead chose to put her teammates before herself. That embodies the spirt of cross country.”
Beusse also praised the efforts of Abby Cotter who set a personal best time at 23:02 and ended 16th overall.
Two other runners finished with personal best times, Evian Reinhardt and Celine Sapp.
“Certainly our girls were a little disappointed with their second place finish,” Beusse said. “However, I was not. This is a very young team with only one senior. In fact, four of our seven varsity runners at region are first year runners. For such a young group to perform so well against many veteran teams speaks volumes to the potential we have in the program.”
Beusse said he excited about the girls competing at state on Nov. 4 in Carrollton.
“We hope to be healthier than region and should have a strong showing,” he said. “I don’t think a top five finish is out of reach for these girls.”
The Dawson COunty program did not have a full JV team competing at this year’s region race, but Beusse said he still loved what he saw.
“Mattie Grant had a great race and finished second overall in the JV girls race. Behind her were Kathryn Menoche, Bri Ray and Megan McVay who all set personal bests and ended their season on a high note,” he said.