Orange Panther of the Week: Ethan Horton

Updated: June 10, 2022

This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is senior runner Ethan Horton. This season, Horton joined Spenser Hampton, Nick Pell and Gabriel Schmid in setting the school-record in the 4×800 relay for the Orange men’s track & field team. Horton, Pell, Hampton and Schmid qualified for the 3A State Championships on May 20 at North Carolina A&T State University. Together, the relay team won the Central Carolina Conference championship at Eastern Alamance High School on April 27. Horton was part of one of the greatest season in Orange High men’s track & field ever. The Panthers finished 2nd in the Mideast Regionals at Franklinton High School on May 13. Horton, Pell, Hampton and Schmid finished 2nd in the region, behind only the team from Northwood. Horton was also part of Orange’s men’s cross country team, which won its first regional championship last October. At the Central Carolina Conference championships at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, Horton finished 10th overall among 44 runners as the Panthers also captured the conference title. As Horton prepares to graduate from Orange High on Friday night at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, he has plenty of lofty expectations ahead. He will head to American University in Washington, D.C. to start his fall semester this August. Horton plans a feature in public service and possibly a future in politics. 

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