WINSTON-SALEM — Ashe County was one of 52 high schools represented at the JDL Fast Track indoor facility last Saturday in one of two “mini-meets” set up to qualify for the indoor track and field state championship coming up in February.
The Huskies had eight athletes competing in seven different events.
The top finish of the day went to senior Andrew Tedder who was the fastest finisher in the men’s 3200-meter run. Tedder finished in 10:12, two seconds ahead of second place Zachary Mercer of Mooresville High School.
Fellow senior Sam Hudler brought back a pair of top-five finishes. He placed second in the men’s high jump, clearing six feet, and took fifth in the 300-meter dash in 37.6 seconds. Hudler’s high jump performance was good enough to qualify him for the state championship meet while he just missed on qualifying for the 300 by six one-hundredths of a second.
In the men’s pole vault, Tyler Church was sixth, clearing the bar at nine feet, six inches.
The final men’s competitors were Nick Lanfranchi and Tafton Baker. Lanfranchi placed ninth in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.05 seconds and Baker finished 14th in the 1600-meter run in 5:25.
Savannah Cary finished 11th in the women’s 55-meter hurdles in 10.19 seconds.
Brooklyn Roten and Kaitlyn Jordan both competed in the 55-meter dash. Roten was 27th in 8.65 seconds and Jordan was 29th in 8.68 seconds.
“All of these athletes improved on their times from previous meets run outdoors,” said head coach Phil Morrison.
This same group and a few others will be going back to the JDL Fast Track this Saturday, Dec. 19 as well as some other dates in January, all with the hopes of qualifying for the state championship meet.
Ashe will also have another outdoor meet coming up in Hickory, weather permitting, and the entire team will head to Winston-Salem again in early February.
The JDL track is one of the top indoor facilities used by youth, high school, college and even professional track athletes.
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