The Dawson County girls' cross country team made history last week when they took home their third straight region championship.
The Oct. 27 race at Unicoi State Park was a hard fought win for the team according to Coach Charles Beusse.
"I can't say enough good things about these girls," Beusse said. "They fought hard for that win and I was so proud to see them get it."
Frankie Muldoon defended her region title when she finished at 19 minutes and 26 seconds to lead the team.
"This is a pretty big deal, I guess. I am just so proud of my team and everything for pulling through because this was going to be a really close battle. I am just really proud of everybody," Muldoon said.
Heading into the region matchup, Beusse said he believed the biggest challenge would be the North Hall program and that proved to be the case.
"Prior to Thursday, we had raced North Hall three times this season and our boys and girls had lost to them on all of those occasions," Beusse said.
The team had a strong finish behind top runners Muldoon and Marley Hamby who took the top spots.
Hamby finished at 20:01.
"As expected, Frankie and Marley went out strong and took control of the lead," Beusse said. "These efforts were huge in terms of our success."
The team win, however, was dependent on the remaining runners.
"The real key to success in cross country isn't really having a couple of strong front runners, but rather, the strength of the entire team," Beusse said.
Beusse said that senior Bailey Cotter had the race of the day.
"She's a senior this year and has been a leader for the girls' team. We knew that in order to win, she would have to break up the tight North Hall pack in the middle of the race to offset points, but that was going to be a very difficult task," he said.
Cotter was able to catch the North Hall runners with about 500 meters to go.
"It really came down to who wanted it more in the final meters of the race and Bailey won that battle, splitting the pack of North Hall."
To win the championship, runners Alyssa Habermann and Jenna Lecours had their best races of the season and finished just behind Cotter.
The team will travel to Carrolton to compete in the GHSA state meet on Nov. 5.