Both of Ashe County’s track teams captured the top spot last Thursday at the first home meet of the young season.
The men’s team blew away the field, scoring 219 points, a full 100 points ahead of second place Starmount. Elkin finished third with 106 points, Alleghany was fourth with 43 points, followed by Grayson County and Oak Hill Academy who each scored four points.
The women’s meet was a bit closer, but Ashe still came away with the win, scoring 133 points. Starmount was second with 104, followed by Elkin (95), Alleghany (85), Grayson County (27) and Oak Hill Academy (8).
The meet started with field events. Brandon Wingler took second in the discus throw with a toss of 119 feet, two inches. Mitchell Brown was in fifth place with a throw of 102 feet, five inches.
Wingler also finished second in the shot put with a throw just over 44 feet. Luis Ramos was fifth after his throw measured in at 36 feet, 10 inches.
In the triple jump, Maison McNeill and Ronald Goodlander finished third and fourth respectively. Goodlander was also third in the long jump while teammate Jacob Blevins was runner-up.
Ashe won the high jump in both men’s and women’s action. McNeill cleared five feet, six inches while Paige Spell won on the women’s side clearing five feet even.
On the track, Ashe continued its success in hurdles events. Spell was first in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 17.7 seconds. Blevins won the men’s 110 hurdles in 17 seconds even. Tyler Church grabbed fourth place in 19.1 seconds.
Spell finished as runner-up in the 300 hurdles and Ashe runner Zach Outen was the champ in the 300 hurdles.
Senior Hailey Richardson placed third in the 100-meter dash. Blevins won the men’s 100 in 11.4 seconds and Hunter Argetsinger was third in 12 seconds.
In longer distance running events, Garreth Berry and Helmar Alvarez finished second and third in the men’s mile run. Margot Mattix and Alexes Armstrong placed fifth and sixth in the women’s mile run.
Mattix took second in the two-miler, Andre Tedder was second in the men’s two-mile race while Berry was third.
Ashe ran really strong in the 200, 400 and 800-meter races.
Richardson, Hallie Brown and Kaitlyn Jordan were second, third and fourth in the women’s 200. Blevins won the men’s race in 23.5 seconds and Argetsinger was fifth.
Brown finished second in the women’s 400 and Shana Huffman placed third.
Ashe swept the top three finishing spots in the men’s 400. Sam Hudler won in 56.1 seconds, followed closely by Tedder in 57.1 seconds and Matthew Greer in 59.9 seconds.
Mattix won the women’s 800, Kayln Chapman was fourth and Audreyanna Sanchez ended up fifth.
Evan Owen was second in the men’s 800. Tedder finished third, followed by R.J. Burke and Berry.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87