LENOIR — The Ashe County Cross Country teams began their season last Wednesday in the Caldwell Invitational at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center.
Freshman Madison Warner finished in third place overall in the women’s run, crossing the finish line in 22 minutes, 29 seconds. Freedom’s Amber Opp won the women’s meet in 21:28.
Ashe senior Margot Mattix was 29th overall in 26:36, just ahead of her sophomore sister Constance Mattix in 26:37.
Another freshman, Olivia Randolph, started her career off finishing 37th out of 83 runners, crossing the line in 27:11.
Other Ashe finishers in the women’s run were Alyssa Peterson (33:07), Kaitlyn Jordan (33:07) and Kirby Rucker (33:16).
Overall, the Lady Huskies finished in fifth place with a team score of 184. Alexander Central (43) and Watauga (64) took the top two finishing spots.
In the men’s race, Ashe County senior Andrew Tedder took the victory, finishing the race in 18:01, four seconds in front of River Rhodes from Watauga.
Fellow seniors Victor Melo placed 22nd in 19:30 and Gareth Berry was 46th in 21:45.
Billy Reyna (22:49), Riley Richardson (24:03), Tyler Church (24:25) and Harley Miller (29:24) all finished the race.
Watauga once again took the team victory with 50 points, holding off Alexander Central (58). The Huskies finished eighth overall with 194 points.
The Lenoir Invitational also featured two open runs that did not require an invitation to run in the event.
Ashe had nine women compete in the open event: Vanessa Guijosa (25th), Daisy Mullis (27th), Kierra Whitaker (32nd), Kalyn Chapman (37th), Spencer Simino (40th), Monica Francisco (48th), Lauren Testerman (60th), Destiny Cummings (64th) and Makayla Blevins (65th).
Ashe had two men run in the open race: Nate Owens (66th) and Jackson Dunagan (73rd).
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