Indoor track season underway

By Nathan Ham -

WINSTON-SALEM — The 2016-17 indoor track season for Ashe County officially started on Nov. 22 with the team’s first meet of the season at the JDL Fast Track.

Ashe was one of 10 teams competing in the season opener.

“The team did outstanding for their first time out and I think they were really impressed with the facility,” said head coach Phil Morrison.

The JDL Fast Track is one of the best indoor track surfaces in the Southeast and hosts high school, college and professional track and field events.

Terek Ashley got things started off with a strong seventh place finish in the 1,000-meter run. Ashley finished the race in 3:04.

The Huskies continued the long distance success with Tafton Baker set a new person best, finishing third overall in the mile run. Baker’s finishing time was 4:57. David Roten took 13th overall in 5:22. Grady Rector placed 23rd with a time of 5:52, followed by Brandon Tedder in 33rd place (6:27) and David Reynoso in 35th place (6:42).

In the men’s 300-meter run, freshman Josh Hardin had the best time of all 30 competitors, finishing in 38.57 seconds.

“Josh just took off and left people behind. He’s one second from qualifying for the state championship as a freshman,” Morrison said.

Riley Richardson placed fifth in 39.40 seconds and Wesley Waddell was eighth in 40.24 seconds.

Richardson found equal success in the 500-meter run with a fourth place finish in 1:14. Teammate Jason Durr was seventh overall in 1:16.

In the 55-meter hurdles, Ashe’s Nick Lanfranchi won the event in 8.81 seconds. Nick Chamberlain took sixth with a time of 9.48 seconds.

The men also had a solid showing in the field events. Carter Wilson placed second in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 11 inches. Lanfranchi was seventh in the triple jump, Trent Miller tied for third in the pole vault, Waddell placed sixth in the long jump and Rector finished seventh in the high jump.

For the women, the Lady Huskies had an equally strong showing in the longer distance runs. Sophomore Madison Warner was second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:32. Freshman Mahaley Cronk won the mile run in 5:49 while Zoe Schell finished 11th. In the two-miler, Schell and Cronk battled it out for a sixth and seventh place finish respectively.

In the field, Bella Potter took fourth in the high jump with a leap that cleared four feet, six inches. Alyssa Barnes was ninth in the long jump with a leap that measured in at 11 feet, 2.5 inches and finally Celeste Ramseur was eighth in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, 6.5 inches.

Overall, the team had three athletes already qualify for the state championship after just one meet. Lanfranchi qualified for the 55-meter hurdles while Cronk qualified for the mile run and Potter qualified for the high jump.

“We had three or four more who were about two or three seconds away from qualifying for state,” said Morrison.

The popularity of the indoor track team rises each and every year. Two seasons ago, the team started with just 10 players. Last year, 21 athletes took part in the indoor track season. This year, there are a total of 34 athletes on the team.

Complete Ashe results

Men’s 55-meter dash: Josh Hardin (sixth), Wesley Waddell (15th), Simon Houck (16th), Andreas Ledezma (18th) and Nate Owens (23rd).

Men’s 300-meter dash: Josh Hardin (first), Riley Richardson (fifth), Wesley Waddell (eighth), Nate Owens (18th) and Sergio Gomez (28th).

Men’s 500-meter dash: Riley Richardson (fourth), Jason Durr (seventh), Jonathan Reyna (20th), Nick Chamberlain (21st) and Sergio Gomez (23rd).

Men’s 1,000-meter run: Terek Ashley (seventh).

Men’s 1,600-meter run: Tafton Baker (third), David Roten (13th), Grady Rector (23rd), Brandon Tedder (33rd) and David Reynoso (35th).

Men’s 3,200-meter run: Brandon Tedder (11th) and David Reynoso (12th).

Men’s 55-meter hurdles: Nick Lanfranchi (first), Nick Chamberlain (sixth).

Men’s 4×200 relay: Third.

Men’s 4×400 relay: Second.

Men’s 4×800 relay: Fourth.

Men’s high jump: Grady Rector (seventh).

Men’s long jump: Wesley Waddell (sixth) and Nate Owens (16th).

Men’s triple jump: Nick Lanfranchi (seventh).

Men’s pole vault: Trent Miller (third).

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

Women’s 55-meter dash: Holly Grant (18th), Kierra Whitaker (19th), Bella Potter (20th), Cierra Burgess (23rd) and Heather Thomas (25th).

Women’s 300-meter dash: Kaitlyn Jordan (10th), Maddie Joines (19th), Bella Potter (26th), Alyssa Barnes (29th) and Cierra Burgess (30th).

Women’s 500-meter dash: Spencer Simino (seventh).

Women’s 1,000-meter run: Madison Warner (second).

Women’s 1,600-meter run: Mahaley Cronk (first) and Zoe Schell (11th).

Women’s 3,200-meter run: Zoe Schell (sixth) and Mahaley Cronk (seventh).

Women’s 55-meter hurdles: Bella Potter (eighth) and Maddie Joines (11th).

Women’s 4×200 relay: Fourth.

Women’s high jump: Bella Potter (fourth).

Women’s long jump: Alyssa Barnes (ninth) and Madison Warner (14th)

Women’s shot put: Celeste Ramseur (eighth).

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

By Nathan Ham

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