Area runners compiled plenty of impressive times at the all-classification cross country meet on Saturday in Carrollton.
Johnson High’s Issac Hernandez took third (16:40) in the Class AAAAA boys’ race, while North Hall’s Devon Crow took fourth (16:50) in Class AAA.
As a team, North Hall’s always-strong program took fifth in the boys race and sixth in the girls’ race, while Gainesville High’s boys grabbed 10th place in Class AAAAAA.
However, the biggest showing belonged to Dawson County.
In Class AAA, Jacob Poston posted a second place-place time (16:43) as it earned fourth as a team. It was a complete day for Dawson County as its girls earned a fifth-place spot.
“That’s the first time we’ve been able to have a boys team on the podium, so that was really big for us to be able to get a team up there,” Dawson County coach Charles Beusse said. “We had the girls on the podium last year and we felt like that was a big step in the right direction for the girls team.
“For us to see the same thing for the boys, that was huge.”
Poston, at second, was wedged between state champion Chase Kennedy (16:01) and third-place Chandler Kennedy (16:44) — both out of East Jackson.
“It was big for him (Poston),” said Beusse. “That was the highest we’d ever had an individual place at state.
“I think it was big for him. To be able to recognize as the race unfolded that Chase was getting away and at that point, he had to fight to fend off some of those runners that were coming back in third and fourth. He was able to do a good job of that. We were happy with that. We wanted to make a chase after Chase Kennedy, but there came a point where we realized he had to race for second and secure the points and he did that.”
In Class AAAAA, Flowery Branch’s boys finished sixth overall, paced by Ethan Hargrave’s 14th-place 17:41.
In Class AAAA, Chestatee’s boys finished seventh, led by Ivan Martin’s 21st-place (21:11). For the Chestatee girls, Lindsey Grater finished sixth overall (20:01), just a second ahead of White County’s Jaelen Alexander. The Lady Warriors finished in third place, while Chestatee’s girls were eighth.