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Middle school team competes
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The Dawson County Middle School boys and girls cross country teams ran at the Runners Fit Mountain Invitational at Unicoi State Park in Helen on Oct. 1.

The middle school runs 3,000-meters as compared to 5,000-meters by the high school teams.

There were 368 runners in the boy's race.

Dawson County finished in 17th place out of 20 teams.

Posting the best time for the Tigers was Ben McGinnis with a time of 12:41. The time was good enough for 44th place.

Also running for Coach Beth Hamby's team were: Max Tierney (13:18), Luke Hamby (13:22), Austin Lawson (13:59), Prestan Burt (14:37), Mitchell McVay (14:49) and Devin Chambers (15:26).

Winning the individual championship was Griffin Phillips from Hart County with a time of 10:50.

Runner-up went to Aldaco Christian from West Hall recording a time of 11:12.

Gainesville won the team title after earning 79 team points.

In second place was White County with 117 team points.

The Lady Tigers finished in 16th place as a team.

Dawson County earned 381 team points.

There were 20 teams at the meet.

Leading Dawson County was Katya Bessiere with a 17th place finish and a very good time of 13:41.

Lady Tiger, Molly Muenchen, also ran a very good race with a time of 14:14 and a 31st place finish.

Also running in the meet from Dawson County were: Emily Varca (17:00), Grace McCarthy (17:28), Chasen Wood (17:41), Dessie Durham (17:50) and Harley Marrett (18:02).

There were 269 runners in the race.

Jewellee Long, sixth grader, from East Jackson took the individual title with a time of 12:24.

Second place went to Ellie Gearing from White County at 12:44.

Taking the team title was Hebron Christian Academy with 62 points. White County came in second place with 70 points.