The Dawson County High School boys' cross country team finished ninth overall Saturday morning in the Class AAA state meet at Carrollton High School.
"Overall, I was pleased with the performances these young men had. Four of our seven runners today are first year runners who only have about five months of training behind them," said Head Coach Charles Beusse. "To step up the way they have this season and pull off a top 10 performance at state speaks volumes of the potential this group has in years to come. As they develop and mature as runners, I believe that we could see this group develop into a high caliber team."
The Tigers earned 278 team points.
Winning the team title was Blessed Trinity High School with 60 points. Finishing as state runners-up were East Jackson with 60 points. Blessed Trinity took the title because of the total number of runners that finished higher than East Jackson.
There were 32 teams entered in the competition.
Jacob Poston led all Dawson County runners with a 31st place finish and a time of 18:17.66
Poston was followed by Chris Shelp (18:46.85), Brandon Barker (19:08.26), Owen Jordan (19:18.07) and Garrett Carlisle (19:21.51).
Also running for the Tigers were Ethan Clark (20:03.46) and Seth Miller (21:10.48).
Clark, Shelp and Jordan are freshman.
"Brandon Barker has done a fine job all season in leading this group. He is our only varsity runner with four years of experience and he has stepped up this year by holding many of the younger runners accountable and pushing them to become better. That has been a huge asset for our boys' team. In the future, I expect to see some great things from these young men."
Winning the individual title was Chase Kennedy from East Jackson with a time of 16:42.91. Kennedy's twin brother, Chandler, finished in second place with a time of 16:50.18.
There were 215 runners entered in the meet.