Indoor track team runs at Alexander

By Nathan Ham -

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — Six Ashe County athletes won events last Thursday at Alexander Central, the second indoor meet of the young season.

Ashe was one of seven teams participating.

The Huskies swept the 55-meter hurdles events. Savannah Cary won the women’s race in 10.2 seconds while Nick Lanfranchi won the men’s event in 9.2 seconds.

Senior Andrew Tedder topped the field in the 1000-meter run, finishing the race in 2:50, two seconds ahead of South Iredell’s Gavin Mouat. Tedder also rolled through the competition in the 3200-meter run, crossing the finish line in 10:50, 12 seconds ahead of second place Bryan Barbee of Saint Stephens.

Freshman Tanner Kilby edged out Saint Stephens’ Chase Day in the men’s shot put. Kilby’s throw of 32 feet, nine inches was good enough to beat Day by four inches.

The final win for Ashe came in the men’s 4×800 relay. The Huskies finished the relay in 9:45.

According to Ashe County head coach Phil Morrison, two athletes so far have qualified for the indoor track state championship coming up in February. Tedder has qualfied in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs while Sam Hudler has qualified in th men’s 300-meter dash.

Other Ashe County results:

Women’s 55-meter hurdles: Bella Potter (fourth).

Men’s 55-meter hurdles: Tyler Church (fourth), Jonathan Reyna (fifth).

Women’s 55-meter dash: Katherine Horner (fifth), Kalyn Chapman (seventh), Savannah Cary (eighth), Brooklyn Roten (14th), Bella Potter (18th), Spencer McKenzie (19th), Katie Orr (20th), Virginia Miller (21st).

Men’s 55-meter dash: Tyler Church (sixth), Ezequiel Mendosa (11th), Issac Lopez (12th), Nate Owens (13th), Tanner Kilby (15th), Ezekiel Cline (16th), Gavin Lowe (17th), Carter Wilson (18th), Zack Miller (19th).

Women’s 500-meter dash: Brooklyn Roten (sixth), Spencer McKenzie (11th), Virginia Miller (15th).

Men’s 500-meter dash: Tyler Church (second), Nick Lanfranchi (eighth), Ezekiel Cline (ninth), Jonathan Reyna (10th),Gavin Lowe (13th), Zack Miller (14th).

Men’s 1000-meter run: Terek Ashley (seventh), Tafton Baker (eighth).

Women’s 300-meter dash: Kalyn Chapman (19th), Katie Orr (25th), Virginia Miller (27th).

Men’s 300-meter dash: Ezequiel Mendosa (10th), Jonathan Reyna (15th), Gavin Lowe (16th), Zack Miller (17th).

Women’s long jump: Savannah Cary (third).

Men’s long jump: Nick Lanfranchi (fourth), Ezequiel Mendosa (sixth).

Women’s high jump: Spencer McKenzie (fourth), Kalyn Chapman (fifth).

Men’s high jump: Andrew Tedder (second).

Women’s shot put: Katie Orr (eighth).

Men’s shot put: Carter Wilson (third).

Coming up

The Huskies head to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem this Saturday for the first of two trips in the next two weeks at one of the top indoor track facilities in the Southeast. The facility has over 105,000 square feet of space and includes bleacher seating and training rooms and has hosted a total of three national championship events so far.

Ashe will take eight athletes to Winston-Salem to compete in nine events in both meets.

This is the second year since 2008 that Ashe County has had an indoor track team. Coach Morrison said that indoor track started mainly to improve the track and field team during the spring sports season, but with so much interest from the student body, it has grown into its own thing.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

By Nathan Ham

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