XC runners start season

Nathan Ham Sports Writer

September 12, 2013

The 2013 cross country season started last week for the Ashe County Huskies with the team taking part in the annual Caldwell County Invitational held in Lenoir.

This race always brings in a large number of runners to compete, and this year was no different. A total of 197 men and 165 women were in the invitational race.

Senior Mac Church was Ashe’s top runner, finishing in 22nd place in the women’s race. Church crossed the finish line in 23 minutes, 48 seconds. Junior Alexes Armstrong finished 51st with a time of 25:08 and junior Tyler Eller was not far behind in 58th place, just 23 seconds behind Armstrong.

Other Ashe finishers in the women’s event included Margo Mattix (84th), Victoria Reed (87th), Kalyn Chapman (117th) and Carolina Trent (140th).

In the men’s race, sophomore Andrew Tedder finished in 23rd position. Tedder finished the 5,000-meter race in 19:10. Fellow sophomore Gareth Berry also had a strong run, taking 36th place in 19:27.

R.J. Burke (90th), Tyler Lambert (111th), Billy Reyna (131st), Thomas McNeill (146th) and Daniel Houck (187th) were all Ashe runners that were invited to the meet.

In addition to the invitation-only meet, there was also an open meet for other runners that were able to compete in Lenoir. Conner Donnachy placed 65th overall in the men’s open race while nine ladies took part in the run. Brooklyn Roten had the highest finishing spot in 48th place. Olivia Brettschneider (58th), Rosie Olvera (66th), Kaitlyn Jordan (68th), Monica Francisco (69th), Amber Miller (77th), Candelaria Sanchez (82nd), Claire Liszka (99th) and Lauren Testerman (100th) finished the race in the field of 119 runners.

Next up on the schedule, the cross country teams will be at West Wilkes on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for a meet with all eight Mountain Valley Athletic Conference schools.