14th annual Bulldog Dash 5K
North Gwinnett kicks off the athletic calendar with its annual Bulldog Dash 5K race on Aug. 11, 2012.
SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett kicked off its athletic calendar with the 14th annual Bulldog Dash 5K on Saturday morning, but it was a couple of Norcross runners who made their marks with the fastest paces.
Daily Post Super Six selections Arman Rehmann and Katherine Yost turned in the top male and female times at the event, which included about 400 runners this year.
"It was a good day for us because there were a lot of racers out there today," North Gwinnett cross country coach John Rowland said. "We were happy, and the weather was cooperative."
Storms that came through overnight and cloud cover in the morning kept the temperatures down for the run.
Rehmann, a senior at Norcross, was the only runner to break 16 minutes with a time of 15:58.
"I have been hoping to (break 16 minutes) ever since junior year," Rehmann said. "It's a great barrier to break, so I'm happy I did it."
Yost, also a senior at Norcross, was pleased with her run of 18:15, but saw room for improvement in the future.
"I felt like I could've maybe even run faster," she said. "It was the hills that were throwing me off a little bit."
The runners in the 5K started off on West Price Road behind the stadium. After a swing down Level Creek Road, they turned around and came back, finishing the race on the track with a chance to watch their final steps on the video board.
Andres Littig was the top boys runner from North, taking third overall. Courtney Czerniak, another Daily Post Super Six selection, was North's top girls runner Saturday.
In addition to helping the teams financially, the friendly competition provides the Bulldogs an early chance to measure up against top runners from another Region 7-AAAAAA school.
"Obviously Norcross is some of our big competitors during the season," Rowland said. "They've traditionally used our race as their kickoff also. ... We've all been strong competitors against each other, and we're looking forward to a strong season."
The Bulldog Dash is the top fundraiser for North Gwinnett's cross country program. Runners were able to enter a raffle to win numerous awards, including a $100 gift certificate to Big Peach Running Company.
Other sponsors that helped stage the invent included Planet Smoothie, Suwanee Town Center, Chick-fil-A, Metro Acupuncture, Signarama Buford, Road ID, Oasis Bowl, Quality of Life Enterprises Inc., Kroger, Johnny's Pizza and Pro-Tech Concrete Construction.
Race results will be posted once available at www.northgwinnettcc.com.