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Ladies Tigers finish first
Girls Varsity Cross Country pic
Frankie Muldoon took the Region 7-AAA cross country championship Tuesday at Banks County High School. Muldoon, a freshman, crossed the finish line with a time of 21:47 to win the title. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson County News

For the second year in a row the Dawson County Lady Tigers cross country team has won the region.

The Lady Tigers' team easily defeated runner-up Fannin County to capture the Region 7-AAA title.

Coach Charles Beusse's team scored 21 team points to 63 points accumulated by the Lady Rebels from Blue Ridge.

Winning the individual title and being crowned region champion was freshman Frankie Muldoon. Muldoon finished the 3.1-mile course with a time of 21:47.

Close behind Muldoon was sophomore teammate Marley Hamby.

Hamby crossed the finish line in a time of 22:52 to take second place.

Muldoon and Hamby went out strong, positioning themselves in the top five early on with 3-5 runners sitting in the 7th to 10th positions after mile one.

By mile two Muldoon and Hamby had moved up into the number one and two spots, followed closely by Kaelyn Deal from Fannin County.

Deal finished in third place.

Just a little back in the field, a line of Faith Sinclair, Bailey Cotter and Melanie Rimawi had pulled up into the fifth, sixth and seventh positions.

The third mile at the Banks County trail is notoriously brutal with some rough hills.

However, the Lady Tigers handled it well and held positioning with Muldoon and Hamby both pulling away from the third place runner.

The Lady Tigers placed three more runners in the top 10.

Fifth place went to Sinclair (24:04), sixth place was Cotter (24:18) and seventh place went to Rimawi (24:30).

All five of these runners were named first team All-Region after their performance on Oct. 27.

Also competing in the varsity girl's race was Lindsey Knotts (25:51) and Ansley Costley (26:16).

"We had been the favorite all season to pick up the region title," Beusse said. "Since winning the region title last year, we have been able to add some depth to the girl's team and see some dramatic improvements in some veteran runners."

The girl's team, as well as the boy's team, has a policy to train rain or shine, which seemed to help them during the race.

"I believe that that played to our favor because our runners had some experience with running in less than ideal conditions," Beusse said. "In addition, our recent race at Lambert was similar to region in that runners had to deal with mud and standing water on the course. I feel like exposing runners to that experience helped some at region."

Up next will be the state Class AAA meet at Carrollton High School on Saturday.

The girls' race will begin at 11:15 a.m.

The Lady Tigers finished fifth at last year's state meet.