XC runners battle the elements

By Nathan Ham - [email protected]

BOONE — Soggy and nasty weather conditions did not keep 11 Ashe County Cross Country runners from competing in the annual High Country Cross Country Classic in Boone this past Saturday.

A total of 186 varsity runners from 15 different high schools in North Carolina came to compete in the race.

Ashe had five women and six men compete in the 5K runs.

Freshman Madison Warner had the top finishing position for Ashe with a 24th place finish, crossing the line in 21:59. Margot Mattix was 38th in 23:26 and Olivia Randolph was 53rd in 24:44. Constance Mattix placed 71st in 26:30 and Kayln Chapman was the final Lady Husky runner, placing 83rd in 29:35.

As a team, the women’s squad finished 10th out of 13 teams.

Two of MileSplit USA’s National Elite runners were front and center in the women’s race and battled it out for the win.

Junior Melissa Zammitti from Davidson Day School won the race in 19:24, 11 seconds in front of second place Isabel Zimmerman from Reagan High School.

To be considered a National Elite runner, women must complete a 5K Cross Country meet in 19:45 or less and men must complete the same distance in 16:30 or less.

For the men, senior Andrew Tedder led the way in 18:15, good enough for a 26th place finish. Riley Richardson (87th), Billy Reyna (91st), Tyler Church (97th), Harley Miller (98th) and Nate Owens (100th) all finished the grueling run.

Senior Tanner Sutter from Providence HS won the men’s race in 16:47, holding off Watauga’s River Rhodes by eight seconds. Providence also held on to beat Watauga in the team standings. Both teams combined to have 10 of the top 20 finishers.

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By Nathan Ham

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