Track teams sweep top spot

Nathan Ham

April 24, 2014

In the final tune-up before the Mountain Valley Conference Championship meet, Ashe County’s track team took first place in both the men’s and women’s events.

The women tallied 93 points followed by Forbush in second place (71), Elkin in third (69), Starmount in fourth (63) and East Wilkes in fifth (18).

For the men, the victory margin was even bigger with a 35-point win. Ashe scored 115 points while Elkin scored 80 in second place. Starmount (51), East Wilkes (49) and Forbush (43) rounded out the scoring.

The ladies had several solid performances on the track. Hailey Richardson finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.43 seconds. Hallie Brown took third in the 400, crossing the finish line in 1:07.

Ashe’s women ran even better in the longer events. Brown, Vic Reed and Alexes Armstrong placed second, third and fifth in the 800-meter run. Reed was also second in the mile run. Margot Mattix took third and Armstrong finished fifth. In the two-miler, Mattix, Armstrong and Laura Hodgson were third, fourth and fifth.

Paige Spell won the 100-meter hudles in 17.78 seconds, nearly a full second and a half over Elkin’s Kelsey Nicholson. Spell also ran well in the 300 hurdles, taking third in 55.3 seconds.

In field events, Spell placed second in the high jump, clearing five feet. Richardson dominated the field in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 6.75 inches, a full foot ahead of Starmount’s Emma Sizemore in second. Spell and Richardson took first and second in the triple jump. Spell’s leap measured in at 30 feet, 3.5 inches while Richardson was just eight inches short of that mark.

Olivia Barr finished fourth in the shot put with a throw that measured in at 26 feet, 7.5 inches.

For the men’s teams, they did most of their damage on the track, particularly in the relays. Ashe’s relay teams won the 4x100-meter race, the 4x200 and the 4x800 while finishing runner-up in the 4x400.

Hunter Argetsinger had Ashe’s top time in the 100-meter dash, taking fifth in 12.16 seconds.

Jacob Blevins blazed down the track in the 200 in 23.28 seconds, good enough for the top spot. Sam Hudler placed sixth in 25 seconds.

In the 400, Hudler was second in 56.11 seconds while teammate Tyler Lambert secured fifth place with a time of 57.72 seconds.

Evan Owen grabbed third in the half-mile run and R.J. Burke was sixth.

In the mile run, Gareth Berry was fifth overall in 4:52. Andrew Tedder finished just five seconds behind him in seventh.

Tedder won the two-mile event by eight seconds over East Wilkes runner Will Jolly. Berry finished fourth and Helmar Alvarez was fifth.

Blevins smoked the field in the 110 hurdles, finishing first in 15.29 seconds. Zach Outen was second in the 300 hurdles in 43.35 seconds, just one-tenth of a second behind the winner Dalton Vestal of Starmount.

In field events, Maison McNeill was third in the high jump, clearing five feet, eight inches. Hudler finished fifth with his jump over five feet, four inches.

Ashe took second, third and fourth in the long jump. McNeill’s leap measured 19 feet, eight inches. Ronald Goodlander jumped 18 feet, 9.5 inches and Argetsinger jumped 16 feet, nine inches. McNeill and Goodlander also did well in the triple jump, finishing second and third.

Brandon Wingler performed strong in the shot put and discus. Wingler’s throw of 38 feet, two inches in the shot put was enough for second place overall. Wingler’s discus toss of 110 feet, 10 inches was good enough for third place. Mitchell Brown took fifth in the discus, throwing it 100 feet.

See Tuesday’s edition of the Jefferson Post for a recap of the MVAC Championship Meet held at West Wilkes.

*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87