For the first time this season, the Dawson County High School track and field teams hosted a meet, facing off against Lumpkin County and Fannin County on Tuesday, March 22.
The day began with field events that showed progress from both the boys and girls teams.
“All of our field events were greatly improved last night,” head coach Arron Haynes said. “Honestly [it was] the best showing they have had this year. We just have a lot of maturing to do with our youth.”
At the throwing events, senior Olivia Martinez finished second in discus for the girls team while junior Collin Robinson finished sixth in the boys competition, nearly hitting 100 feet. He has increased his throw length by 15 feet since the season’s first meet.
Freshman Eva Bishop finished second at the girls shot put event, throwing just under a foot behind the winner. Dawson County’s top finisher on the boys team was senior Jimmy Fallstrom, who finished with a distance of 35 feet and 5 inches.
Over at the pole vault, junior Emily Kurtz continued her strong season with another first-place finish, with a highest vault of eight feet. Senior Emma Pelfrey finished second at the event, while sophomore Luke Lowe finished second at the boys event.
The Tigers swept the girls high jump program, with Carah Matheson, Izzy Knight and Jasmine Thompson taking the top three spots.
Senior Garrett Fillingame continued to improve his high jump, finishing second and clearing as high as 5 feet 8 inches.
At the long jump, junior Riley Westbrooks came on top with a jump of 19 feet 6 inches, continuing his momentum toward the 20 foot mark. On the girls team, Jocelyn Thompson finished second.
The track section of the meet was where Dawson County began to find even stronger momentum, with the relay teams placing first in multiple events.
Both the girls and boys teams won the 4x800 event, with sophomore Anna LeCave finishing off the girls race to help give the Tigers a 20 second cushion over the next closest opponent.
The boys competition was somewhat closer, with freshman Emory Lail running the fastest leg to help Dawson County win by 10 seconds.
Both Dawson teams also won the 4x200 event and the 4x400 event.
At the shortest relay of 4x100, the girls finished just under two seconds behind Lumpkin County while the boys team narrowly finished third, coming up one-quarter of a second behind the winners and five-hundredths of a second behind the second-place team.
After the relays, Dawson County continued their success.
In the sprints, junior Troup Ford won the 100-meter event with a time of 11.84 seconds while Vita Govorkova finished third for the girls team.
Senior Ethan Smith finished first at the 200-meter and 400-meter events, while placing third at the 3200-meter distance run.
Lauren Kurtz won the 200-meter event for the girls team while teammates Katie Gloeckner and Govorkova finished in second and third.
Senior Chandler Bagley won the 300-meter hurdles event, pulling away at the end to give him a two-second cushion.
At the middle-distance 800-meter run, LeCave finished in first just ahead of teammate Addison Smith. On the boys side, freshman Aaric Muilenberg and Luke Lowe finished second and third.
Smith would also find success at the 1600-meter distance run, as the eighth-grader won the competition by 18 seconds. On the boys side, sophomore Tyler Tangel finished third.
The Dawson County track and field teams will continue to host meets for the rest of their regular season, with the next one occurring this Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m, where the Tigers will host East Forsyth and Union County.