ACHS student brings home top honors from Highland Games

Nathan Ham

July 17, 2014

Ashe County High School senior Zach Outen took part in the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for the first time, and made it a competition to remember by winning the Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Games award.

Outen, 17, will be a senior this year at ACHS and has been a key member of the Husky track and field team each of the last two seasons.

Outen said he did not know anything about the Highland Games until a friend invited him to go. He ended up winning four events during the games.

“Running on a gravel track was new to me,” Outen said. “It was really cool. I’m wanting to come back next year and bring some friends.”

Outen won the 100-yard dash in 10.72 inches and followed that up with a win in the 220-yard dash, smoking the field by nearly four seconds as he crossed the line in 25.18 seconds.

In the long jump, Outen’s leap of 15 feet, seven inches was good enough for first place in front of Richard Burke, also from West Jefferson.

In his final event, Outen won the triple jump, leaping 32 feet, 9.5 inches.

Outen is a two-sport athlete at the high school. Besides track and field, Outen is also a standout on the Husky football team.

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