Overholt wins cross country championship as Polk Middle closes season

Polk County Middle School’s Olivia Overholt ran to an easy victory Tuesday in the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference cross country championship at Apple Valley Middle School.

Overholt won the girls race by 10 seconds over Macon Middle’s Dylan Garcia.

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In the boys race, Polk County Middle’s Chris Rickman placed 15th.

Both teams battled ailments throughout the season that kept some of the team’s top runners from competing.

“It was a great season despite all the injuries,” said Polk County Middle head coach Cathy Elliott.

BLUE RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFERENCE
GIRLS
Team Scores
1. Brevard Middle 59; 2. Hendersonville Middle 72; 3. Macon Middle 92; 4. Rugby Middle 104; 5. Waynesville Middle 147; 6. Canton Middle 158; 7. Apple Valley 173; 8. Flat Rock Middle 180; 9. Polk County Middle 224.

Individual Leaders
1. Olivia Overholt (PCMS) 13:51; 2. Dylan Garcia (Macon) 14:01; 3. Emma Berry (Brevard) 14:21; 4. Miriam Smith (Hend.) 14:35; 5. Maria Sgro (Hend.) 14:41.

Polk County Runners
Taytem Johnson 16:35; Sara Muse 16:54; Lacey Gosnell 19:56; Jylyn Barners 23;06.

BOYS
Team Scores
1. Apple Valley Middle 26; 2. Brevard Middle 80; 3. Canton Middle 89; 4. Hendersonville Middle 97; 5. Rugby Middle 137; 6. Macon Middle 141; 7. Waynesville Middle 158; 8. Polk County Middle 212; 9. Madison Middle 279.

Individual Leaders
1. Lazaro Vasquez-Lacan (Apple Valley) 12:12; 2. Jondash Karamavric (Apple Valley) 12:14; 3. Ethan Renken (Hend.) 12:21; 4. Jason Pereira (Apple Valley) 12:24; 5. Abdi Green (Brevard) 12:26.

Polk County Runners
Chris Rickman 13:37; Carson Shacklock 14:34; Shaq Wingo 15:16; Cameron Horne 16:14; Andrew Hostetler 16:51; Wesley Royster 17:07; Jackson Edwards 18:30/