WINSTON-SALEM — Ashe County sent the whole indoor track team to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem for the Mighty Explorers Challenge on Monday.
This was the final regular season meet and the final chance to qualify for the NCHSAA state championship meet coming up on Feb. 13.
For Ashe, the season ended with three athletes qualifying for the state championship. Sam Hudler, Andrew Tedder and Savannah Cary will all compete for a state title in Winston-Salem.
Hudler won the men’s high jump at Monday’s meet, clearing six feet, two inches.
In other field events, Cary placed third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 12 feet, 10 inches. Brooklyn Roten was seventh and Kaitlyn Jordan finished eighth.
On the men’s side, Nick Lanfranchi was fifth in the long jump, measuring in at 15 feet, 10 inches. Tyler Church placed seventh in the pole fault, clearing nine feet, six inches. Carter Wilson was sixth in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, one-half inch and Tanner Kilby took ninth with a throw of 32 feet, one inch.
Ashe had four women and four men compete in the 55-meter dash. Jordan led the women with a ninth place finish in 8.39 seconds. Roten was 12th, Bella Potter placed 16th and Virginia Miller was 20th.
For the men, Nate Owens took 15th in 7.84 seconds. Jonathan Reyna (18th), Zeke Cline (20th) and Zack Miller (22nd) also competed in the sprint.
The Huskies had a solid showing in the hurdle events as well. Lanfranchi finished runner-up in the men’s 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.88 seconds. Church was sixth in 9.99 seconds.
Potter and Cary grabbed third and fourth respectively with times of 11.01 and 11.04 seconds.
In the women’s 300-meter event, Roten finished in eighth place, crossing the line in 49.75 seconds. Potter was 26th and Miller was 27th.
For the men, Hudler just missed the top spot, settling for a second place finish in 38.75 seconds. Lanfranchi was 20th, Reyna took 23rd, Cline was 27th and Miller placed 35th.
Ashe had a pair of runners compete in the 500-meter. Kayln Chapman finished 15th in the women’s run while Cavin Lowe took 19th for the men.
Tedder ran in the men’s 1600-meter and ended up with an eighth place finish with a time of 4:57. Terek Ashley was not far back in 11th with a time of 5:14. Tafton Baker (17th) and Riley Richardson (19th) finished the mile run with times of 5:47 and 5:55.
The final race Ashe entered was the men’s 1000-meter. Ashley placed 11th in 3:04, Baker was 17th in 3:18 and Richardson took 19th in 3:22.
Overall, the men’s team finished fourth out of 10 teams with 58 points. The women were ninth out of 10 with 34 points.
The NCHSAA state championships get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.
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