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Teams finish second
Tigers have a strong showing at invitational
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The Dawson County track team traveled to Chestatee High School March 23 to makeup the War Eagle Invitational. The original event was scheduled for March 12, but was canceled due to inclement weather.


Both of Head Coach Arron Haynes’ teams put forth a good showing on Wednesday.


The boys’ team came up short. The team lost by 6.5 points to champion West Hall. The Tigers scored 73 points to the Spartans 79.5.


Finishing third in the team standings was Johnson, 70, followed by Chestatee, 51.5, and Lumpkin County with 59 points.


Winning events for the Tigers were: Preston Lewis in the shot put and discus throw, Rush Davenport in the 200-meters, and the 4x400 team of Jonathon Sanderson, Art Brown, Zach Wilkins and Davenport.


In the pole vault, Luke Parks tied the school record with a leap of 12’6.”


For the girls, Madalyn Walters came up victorious in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races.


Also winning for the Lady Tigers was Hayden Wilson in the discus.


As a team, the Lady Tigers finished in a distant second place to team winner West Hall.


The Lady Spartans ran away with the meet. The team scored 134 points.


The Lady Tigers managed 61.5 points.


Finishing third was Lumpkin County with 57 points, Chestatee with 47, and Johnson finished with only 27.5 total points.


On March 24, both teams traveled to Blue Ridge for a tri-match with Fannin and Gilmer counties. Results weren’t available at press time.


“We had lots of injuries in Wednesday’s meet at Chestatee,” Haynes said.

“We got back really late and with the injuries I decided to give some of the starters the day off.”


Haynes added: “It was good for us since I finally got to see a lot of my young ones run, but it was bitter cold so everyone was really tight.”


Madalyn Walters tied the school record in the 800-meters with a time of 2:32.


Also for the Lady Tigers, Hayden Wilson picked up wins in the shot put and discus.


For the boys, Preston Lewis, shot put, Jonathon Sanderson, high jump, and Zach Wilkins, 300 intermediate hurdles, won their events.


Both teams will be at home this Thursday with a tri-match against Fannin and Gilmer counties. It will be senior night for the athletes. Field events will begin at 4 p.m.