BOONE — UNC-Pembroke freshman Andrew Tedder got his cross country career off to an impressive start as the only freshman runner on the team to compete in meets this season.
Tedder ran in all four regular season meets and in the Peach Belt Conference Championship.
His freshman season began with the Elon Open on Sept. 1, a 6K run. Tedder finished 33rd overall and fifth best on the UNC-Pembroke team.
Next up, Tedder and his teammates headed to the Furman Cross Country Classic in Greenville, S.C. on Sept. 10. This would be Tedder’s first 8K run of his collegiate career. The freshman finished 79th overall and seventh on the team with a time of 28:20.
In the next event, the Braves traveled to the NCAA Division II Showcase Invitational held in Nashville, Tenn. Tedder was 70th overall and sixth best on the team, finishing the run in 29:49.
Tedder saved his best two runs for last in the final two meets of the year. In the Royals Challenge in Charlotte on Oct. 7, Tedder’s time of 27:07 cut nearly three minutes off of his time in the showcase and would end up being his best time of the season.
In the conference championship, Tedder finished 45th overall and eighth best on the team with a time of 27:18.
As a team, the Braves finished fourth out of 10 in the conference title chase.
During his time at Ashe County High School, Tedder completed a cross country and track career that was certainly among the best to ever compete in the sport. Tedder was also named the 2015-16 ACHS Male Athlete of the Year.
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