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CROSS COUNTRY: Dawson County Middle School team wins silver medal
Members of the Dawson County Middle School Cross Country boys team pose for a photo with their trophy and coach Johnathan Tinsley. The boys team came in second at a meet in Gilmer County on Sept. 28. Photo submitted.

Cross country runners from Dawson County Middle School traveled to Gilmer County for a meet on Monday, Sept. 28,  picking up second and fourth place wins for the boys and girls teams. 

Hayden Hand and Bella Hunt finished first and second out of all girls who raced. Harper Desouy also had a top 10 finish. Alston Mulenburg, Dylan Green, Bailey Swafford and Luke Glockner all finished within the top 10 in the boys race, finishing back to back from third to sixth place. 

“I’m so so proud of them,” Cross Country Coach Johnathan Tinsley said after the race. 

The boys team missed bringing home a gold medal by only two points, Tinsley said. Cross country is scored as a team based on how every runner finished. 

Here's how each runner on the team finished:


  • Alston Muleburg 3rd

  • Dylan Green 4th

  • Bailey Swafford 5th

  • Luke Glockner 6th

  • Anderson Trappin 15th

  • Howie Caldwell 25th

  • Cooper Beary 26th

  • Jacob Cofield 28th

  • Max Lowe 32nd

  • Braylen Castillo 48

  • James Graves 50th


  • Hayden Hand 1st

  • Bella Hunt 2nd

  • Harper Desouy 10th 

  • Brainna Escoto 34th

  • Pressley Glass 36th

  • Lydia Gainey 47th

  • Laurynn Smallwood 49th

  • Gloria Jerierska 51st

The team will race at Unicoi State Park in Helen on Thursday, Oct. 1, and in Union County on Monday, Oct. 5.