CLAREMONT, N.C. — The 2015-16 indoor track season got off to a nice start for the Ashe County Huskies last week with victories in nine of the events and first place finishes in the men’s and women’s team standings
In the field events, Savannah Cary got things started by winning the women’s long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 3.25 inches. Katie Orr finished second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 21 feet, 10 inches.
For the men, Carter Wilson took third in the shot put with a throw that cleared 32 feet, eight inches and Sam Hudler placed third in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 10 inches.
Ashe was even more successful in the track events. The ladies swept the top two spots in the 55-meter hurdles with Cary (10.1 seconds) edging out teammate Bella Potter (11.1 seconds).
The men also had no problem with the 55-meter hurdles with Nick Lanfranchi winning in 9.4 seconds and teammate Jonathan Reyna finishing second in 11.4 seconds.
The Huskies won the 55-meter dash in both the men’s and women’s events. Katherine Horner took the crown for the women in 8.3 seconds while Sam Hudler blazed down the track in 6.9 seconds to get the win.
Senior Andrew Tedder picked up right where he left off after cross country season by winning the 1600-meter run in 4:47, a full 13 seconds ahead of second place Jayden Hefner from St. Stephens. Tedder also took the top spot in the 3200-meter run, finishing in 10:27.
In the men’s 500-meter dash, Ashe’s Riley Richardson came away with the victory, crossing the finish line in 1:17, two seconds ahead of Bunker Hill’s Zachary Underhill.
The final victory for the Huskies came in the men’s 300-meter dash where Hudler was once again the fastest man on the track, finishing in 36.9 seconds.
Overall, the Lady Huskies finished with 111 points while Draughn High School finished with 73, St. Stephens scored 69 and Bunker Hill received 22 points.
On the men’s side, Ashe tallied 123 points, comfortably ahead of Draughn in second place with 88 and Bunker Hill in third with 87. St. Stephens finished with 22 and Hibriten scored three points.
Other Ashe County finishers
Men’s long jump: Ezequiel Mendosa (fifth), Ezekiel Cline (sixth) and Tafton Baker (seventh).
Women’s 55-meter dash: Savannah Cary (third), Kaitlyn Jordan (fourth), Brooklyn Roten (fifth), Kalyn Chapman (sixth), Bella Potter (seventh), Spencer McKenzie (eight), Katie Orr (ninth) and Virginia Miller (11th).
Men’s 55-meter dash: Ezequiel Mendosa (fourth), Nate Owens (sixth), Ezekiel Cline (seventh), Daniel Houck (eighth), Cavin Lowe (ninth), Carter Wilson (10th) and Zack Miller (11th).
Men’s 1600-meter run: Tafton Baker (seventh)
Women’s 500-meter dash: Spencer McKenzie (second), Katie Orr (third) and Virginia Miller (fourth).
Men’s 500-meter dash: Nate Owens (fourth), Jonathan Reyna (fifth), Daniel Houck (sixth), Ezekiel Cline (eighth), Cavin Lowe (ninth) and Zack Miller (10th).
Women’s 1000-meter run: Kalyn Chapman (fifth)
Men’s 1000-meter run: Ezekiel Cline (fifth)
Women’s 300-meter dash: Katherine Horner (third), Brooklyn Roten (fifth), Bella Potter (sixth) and Virginia Miller (eighth).
Men’s 300-meter dash: Riley Richardson (sixth), Nick Lanfranchi (eighth), Ezequiel Mendosa (10th), Nate Owens (12th) Jonathan Reyna (14th), Ezekiel Cline (16th), Cavin Lowe (17th) and Zack Miller (19th).
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