WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County High School senior Andrew Tedder has signed his National Letter of Intent to run track at UNC-Pembroke. The school hosted a signing ceremony for Tedder on Monday afternoon.
Tedder has had an outstanding career for the Huskies, both in cross country and track and field. Tedder already holds the school record for the 1600-meter and will have a shot before the year ends at conquering the 800-meter school record and the 3200-meter school record.
“The thing that sets Andrew apart from former athletes is the absolute physical metamorphosis he went through when he came to us a freshman,” said Ashe County track and field head coach Alex Rollins. “He’s really matured into an athlete, he’s grown into his body and he has developed leg speed in his last year. He’s a very very savvy runner. To have one distance kid roll up three team school records is really going to be quite a feat if he accomplishes it.”
For Tedder, the reasoning behind his choice to head to UNC-Pembroke was pretty simple: It was just where he wanted to be.
“I visited the campus there and I really liked it, and they have a really strong running program,” said Tedder.
Tedder said that he plans on majoring in physical education.
As for the Huskies’ long distance running program, Tedder brought a lot to the team each of his four years in competition.
“He (Andrew) along with his compatriot Gareth Berry, they have been the distance backbone for four years now. Tedder as of late has begun to isolate himself as the top runner this year,” said Coach Rollins. “Tedder has become the guy where he gets his own separate training log and his own separate plan because he’s running at a high level.”
Rollins said that he felt Tedder’s transition to the college level may be higher mileage runs, but it won’t be that much of a transition for him.
“In college, they’re going to put him on some weights and they’re going to really work on his pace so he’s going to have a good career, I have no doubt,” said Rollins.
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