WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County kept up its string of good performances with the men’s team taking first place and the women placing second at Wilkes Central on Thursday.
The men’s team finished with 132 points, well ahead of second place Alleghany with 48. East Wilkes finished with 46 points, good enough for third place while Wilkes Central was fourth with 39 points.
On the women’s side, the Eagles won with 102.33 points. Ashe was second with 82.67 points. Alleghany (58) was third and East Wilkes (32) was fourth.
As a team, Ashe won 14 events that took place.
In relay events, the men won the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 events and came in second in the 4×800. The women grabbed first in the 4×400 and second in the 4×200.
Senior Sam Hudler had a very strong meet. He won the 100-meter dash in 12.14 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.14 seconds. The senior also placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, four inches and second in the high jump, clearing five feet, eight inches.
In other field events, Wesley Waddell won the men’s long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.5 inches. Hunter Argetsinger took second in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, and took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 8.5 inches. Nic Lanfranchi was fourth in the triple jump (33 feet, 10 inches) and Trent Miller grabbed third in the pole vault (six feet, six inches).
Alex Richardson took second in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, nine inches, and followed that up with a third place finish in the discus with a throw that measured in at 101 feet, 10 inches. Luis Ramos ended up fourth in the discus with a throw of 101 feet, one inch.
In the 400-meter dash, the men swept the top five finishing spots. Victor Melo won the race in 53.84 seconds. Jason Durr (57.34) was second, followed by Nate Owens (59.44), Andreas Ledezma (1:02) and Zeke Cline (1:02).
Recent UNC-Pembroke signee Andrew Tedder finished second in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:09. He followed that up with a first place run in the 1600-meters, finishing in 4:41 and a second place finish in the 3200-meter run in 11:10.
Lanfranchi swept the top spot in both hurdles events. He finished the 110-meter hurdles in 16.94 seconds and the 300-meter event in 46.64 seconds. Jake Shepherd was third in the 110 and second in the 300.
In the women’s field events, Bella Potter and Holly Grant tied for first in the high jump with both clearing four feet, four inches. Savannah Cary added another win in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, two inches.
Chloe Sullivan and Jada Nichols tied for second in the pole vault with both clearing seven feet, six inches.
In the triple jump, Maddie Joines took third with a leap of 25 feet, 11 inches. Holly Grant was fourth and Kirby Rucker was fifth.
Savannah Brooks finished third in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, five inches, and third in the discus with a throw of 77 feet, seven inches. Katie Orr was fourth in the discus. Her throw measured in at 77 feet, one inch.
In women’s hurdles, Cary won the 100-meter event in 18.24 seconds and placed third in the 300-meter hurdles in 1:01.
In the long distance events, Madison Warner and Olivia Randolph finished second and third in the 800-meter run. Margot Mattix won the mile run in 6:15 and was third in the two-mile event, crossing the line in 16:42.
Kaitlyn Jordan was fourth in the 200-meter dash and Sullivan capped off her day with a fifth place finish in the 400-meter dash in 1:13.
The track team will head to Asheville this Saturday for the Blue Ridge Invitational at AC Reynolds High School.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87