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Region Champs: Cross country varsity and junior varsity boys hoist trophy after first place finish
The varsity boys cross country team starts their region title race. The boys would win, securing the region title in 2020 for Dawson County High School. - photo by Photo submitted

The Dawson County Varsity boys cross country team has won the Region 7-3A title. 

The team clenched their victory at a race held in Unicoi State Park in Helen on Oct. 28. The Dawson County girls team also finished highly at the race, placing fourth in the region. 

Both teams will go on to compete in the state championship.

“I could not be more proud of this girls team,” head coach Charles Beusse said. “While the boys have an experienced group, this girls varsity team is made up of four freshmen and a first year senior. However, what they lack in experience they make up for with dedication and grit.” 

Luke Hamby led the varsity boys runners finishing fifth overall. Dawson County also had the fifth through ninth place finishers in the race. Anna Lecave led the varsity girls team, finishing 15th overall out of all runners. 

“Obviously, this year has been unlike any other with COVID and I am excited and thankful that we have made it to this point in the season and our runners have had the opportunity to compete this year,” Beusse said. 

Ethan Smith, Wiley Dennis and Luke Hamby all earned a spot on the All-Region team after winning the 2020 region title on Oct. 28. - photo by Photo submitted

Seniors Ethan Smith, Wiley Dennis and Hamby were named to the All-Region team after the race. 

Eighth grader Bella Hunt won the overall title for junior varsity girls at the region race. Her time would have been good enough for fourth place in the varsity region, but GHSA rules exempt middle school runners from participating at the varsity level. 

“Looking ahead, I am very excited about having Bella as part of our program and believe she will make an immediate impact at the varsity level next season,” Beusse said. 

The junior varsity boys also won their region title. Chase Cofield, Tyler Tangel, Devin Knight, Teagan Rhodes and Bailey Swafford were all part of the title-winning team. 

The state championship race will be at Carrollton High school in Carrollton, Georgia on Friday, Nov. 6. Only players that are racing in the state championship will be allowed to attend, since the race is being held during the school day. 

Smith, Dennis, Hamby, Cofield, Brendan Swafford, Sam Hulsey, and Ryan McGinnis will race for the boys at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 6. Anna Lecave, Jules Phillips, Elizabeth Knight, Katie Gloeckner and Annie Gloeckner will race for the girls team immediately following. 

“More than ever, I believe our students need the positivity and consistency that athletics brings,” Beusse said. “While it has been a challenging year, I think that makes the success of our boys team that much sweeter.”