WEST JEFFERSON — It was a strong performance for both of the Ashe County High School track teams with the men and women taking home first place last Wednesday.
The men finished with 213 total points with West Wilkes scoring 175 points for a second place finish. Wilkes Central (72) finished third, Forbush (62) was fourth, Alleghany (51) was fifth, North Wilkes (46) took sixth, East Wilkes (29) was seventh and Oak Hill Academy (22) was eighth.
On the women’s side, things were much closer with Ashe’s total of 125.5 being just enough to hold off Wilkes Central, who tallied 122 points. North Wilkes (101.5) placed third, West Wilkes (81) was fourth, East Wilkes (80) was fifth, Alleghany (79) took sixth and Forbush (71) was seventh.
In the field events, Savannah Cary got things started with a third place finish in the women’s long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 7.5 inches.
Wesley Waddell placed third in the men’s long jump, measuring in at 18 feet, 5.5 inches.
In the pole vault, Jada Nichols and Chloe Sullivan took second and fourth respectively for the women. On the men’s side, Tyler Church was second and Hunter Argetsinger was third.
Katie Orr finished third in the discus throw. Her toss measured 80 feet.
Luis Ramos was second in the discus where his throw reached 135 feet, one inch. Alex Richardson was not far back in third place with a throw of 125 feet, three inches. Ramos also took third in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, three inches. Richardson placed fifth with a throw of 40 feet, eight inches.
On the track, Cary finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 17.7 seconds. Church took third for the men in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 18.2 seconds.
Sam Hudler had a nice day on the track. The senior started out with a second place finish in the men’s 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.7 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 23.3 seconds.
Fellow senior Victor Melo also had a good day by winning the men’s 400-meter dash in 53.5 seconds and a second place finish in the 200-meter dash in 24.2 seconds.
In the women’s mile run, Margot Mattix took second in 5:57. On the men’s side, Tafton Baker grabbed third place in 5:23. Andrew Tedder won the men’s two-mile event, crossing the finish line in 10:51, five seconds ahead of second place. Tedder also scored a win in the 800-meter run, blazing through the field in 2:06, a full 11 seconds ahead of second place and teammate, Terek Ashley.
Ashe’s final win of the day came in the women’s 200-meter dash where Kaitlyn Jordan held off a strong challenge from Alleghany’s Katelyn Davis to win the event by two-tenths of a second.
Complete Ashe results
Women’s long jump: Savannah Cary (third), Chloe Sullivan (fifth), Kirby Rucker (11th).
Men’s long jump: Wesley Waddell (third).
Women’s pole vault: Jada Nichols (second), Sullivan (fourth).
Men’s pole vault: Tyler Church (second), Hunter Argetsinger (third), Trenton Miller (fourth).
Women’s discus: Katie Orr (third), Savannah Brooks (eighth), Katie Legato (17th), Shanna Huffman (21st), Michaela Outen (24th).
Men’s discus: Luis Ramos (second), Alex Richardson (third), Tanner Pruitt (15th), Mason Shumate (17th), Zach Miller (24th).
Women’s high jump: Bella Potter (sixth), Kalyn Chapman (ninth), Holly Grant (ninth).
Women’s shot put: Orr (14th), Outen (19th), Legato (21st).
Men’s shot put: Ramos (third), Richardson (fifth), Pruitt (18th), Shumate (23rd), Miller (32nd).
Women’s triple jump: Rucker (eighth), Outen (10th).
Men’s triple jump: Richardson (fifth).
Women’s 100-meter hurdles: Cary (second), Potter (sixth).
Men’s 110-meter hurdles: Church (third), Jake Shepherd (sixth).
Women’s 100-meter dash: Kaitlyn Jordan (sixth), Autumn Sullivan (16th), Nikki Miller (19th).
Men’s 100-meter dash: Sam Hudler (second), Argetsinger (fifth), Matt Greer (eighth), Andreas Ledezma (20th), Adrian Winterton (27th).
Women’s 1600-meter run: Margot Mattix (second), Vanessa Guijosa (seventh), Constance Mattix (ninth).
Men’s 1600-meter run: Tafton Baker (third), Billy Reyna (sixth), David Roten (10th).
Women’s 400-meter dash: Brooklyn Roten (second), Spencer Simino (fourth), Huffman (seventh), Miller (10th).
Men’s 400-meter dash: Victor Melo (first), Riley Richardson (third), Nate Owens (seventh), Zeke Cline (13th).
Women’s 300-meter hurdles: Potter (eighth), Cary (ninth).
Men’s 300-meter hurdles: Church (third), Shepherd (fifth).
Women’s 800-meter run: Madison Warner (fourth), Olivia Randolph (sixth), Guijosa (ninth).
Men’s 800-meter run: Andrew Tedder (first), Terek Ashley (second), Gareth Berry (sixth), Reyna (12th), Roten (16th).
Women’s 200-meter dash: Jordan (first), Tori Colvard (10th), Miller (17th), Sullivan (19th)
Men’s 200-meter dash: Hudler (first), Melo (second), Greer (third), Jason Durr (ninth), Isaac Lopez (13th), Jonathan Reyna (20th).
Women’s 3200-meter run: C. Mattix (fifth), M. Mattix (sixth).
Men’s 3200-meter run: Tedder (first), Baker (third).
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