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Young cross country teams find success early
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Jacob Poston finished first during the cross country team's first race of the year with one of the fastest times recorded at Chestatee.

Dawson County High School junior varsity and varsity cross country runners performed well during their first race of the season with three individual runners taking top spots.

There were 22 boys' teams competing and 17 girls' teams, ranging from AA-AAAAAA on Aug. 30 at Chestatee.

Runners Nathan Blythe, Jacob Poston and Frankie Muldoon all took first in their respective races.

"Of the 31 runners we took to the meet yesterday, 17 were in their first cross country race," said Head Coach Charles Beusse. "To say that we performed well under our current circumstances is an understatement."

The junior varsity boys' race saw a field of 134 runners and Blythe finished first with a time of 19 minutes 10 seconds-51 seconds ahead of the next competitor.

Blythe had not run in a race before Tuesday's event.

"Nathan looked effortless throughout the race and I know that given a higher level of competition to run with, he will do well," Beusse said.

For the next race Beusse plans to move Blythe to the varsity level.

The Dawson boys' varsity team took third overall out of 22 programs behind Poston who ran one of the fastest times ever recorded at Chestatee.

"Jacob Poston led things for us, basically crushing the field," Beusse said.

Considered one of the fastest runners in the state, Poston finished at 16:28 and was 35 seconds ahead of the second place runner.

The Tigers' Chris Shelp took the 11th spot with a time of 17:44.

The Lady Tigers varsity team placed fourth overall, out of 17 teams competing.

They were led by Muldoon who was first out of the 134 female runners at 19:46.

"Frankie is returning this year as one of the fastest AAA female runners in the state after her individual fifth place finish at state last year as a freshman," Beusse said. "She is at a great starting point and could be a contender for a state championship in November."

Marley Hamby placed fourth with a time of 20:47.

Beusse also said he was pleased with the efforts of his other young and developing runners on the boys and girls teams.

"Most of these guys are young, but are at a great starting point for the year," he said.

The teams will compete again on Sept. 10 at Marist High School in Brookhaven.