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Local youngsters compete at GRPA track and field championships
Moses Angle stands with his two first-place medals after becoming the state champion in discus and the 400-meter race in his age group. (photo courtesy of DCPR)

A few weeks ago, the Dawson County Parks and Recreation track and field team participated at the GRPA Class B and C Championships in Jefferson on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

With athletes ranging from six to 14 years old, the Dawson County team showed up with a roster filled with young talent, including relatives of current DCHS track and field team members. 

The top finisher of the weekend was Moses Angle, who became the state champion for discus and the 400- meter race in the 11 to 12 year-old age group.

For discus, he threw a length of 60 feet, 11.5 inches and his 400-meter time was just over one minute even.

“Moses Angle is an exceptional sprinter and thrower,” head coach Julie Allshouse said. “More importantly, he’s an all around good person.  He sets an example for the team of respectfulness, hard work, and perseverance.”

Angle led the way as Dawson County swept the podium in the discus event, with second place going to Tanner Dykes and third place to Samuel Loring.

The DCPR track and field team takes a team photo earlier this season. (photo courtesy of DCPR)

Throwing coach Dana Loring would see two more of her athletes earn top-four finishes, with Tabatha Martinez finishing second in the girls discus event and Allison Dodgen finishing fourth.

The Dawson County athletes would also have top-eight finishes in the shot put, long jump, 1600-meter and 3200-meter races.

“The team proved to be a motivated and talented group of athletes,” Allshouse said. “It was inspiring to work with these kids because they came every week to beat their personal best. I love their determination to keep trying.”