Polk Middle cross country teams cap season with conference meet

Polk County Middle School’s cross country teams recently wrapped up their 2015 seasons with solid showings at the Blue Ridge Middle School Conference meet at Western Carolina University.

Led by all-conference performer Julia Griffin, the Polk County girls placed fifth in the conference meet. The Polk boys were led by Evan Dadson and finished seventh.

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Griffin had the best finish by any seventh grader in the girls race. Of the seven Polk County runners in the girls race, all but Amelia Nespera were seventh graders.

The teams competed on a two-mile course at WCU.

“This year’s cross country worked hard all season through colds and mild injuries,” said PCMS head coach Cathy Elliott. “I am very proud of how they finished the season and look forward to next year.”

Here are complete results from the conference meet:

GIRLS
Team Scores
1. Brevard Middle 52; 2. Hendersonville Middle 70; 3. Rugby Middle 99; 4. Macon Middle 105; 5. Polk Middle 132; 6. Canton Middle 137; 7. Flat Rock Middle 154; 8. Waynesville Middle 169; 9. Smoky Mountain Middle 247; 10. Apple Valley Middle 290.

Individual Finishers (winner and PCMS only)
1. Maeanna Norris (Canton) 12:45.40; 7. Julia Griffin 13:32.40; 24. Madison Geddings 14:49.10; 27. Amelia Nespera 14:49.10; 32. Taytem Jones 15:20.20; 42. Caelan Gaul 15:54.50; 47. Katy Scruggs 16:10.10; 50. Savannah Parris 16:25.90.

BOYS
Team Scores
1. Flat Rock Middle 63; 2. Apple Valley Middle 81; 3. Canton Middle 90; 4. Waynesville Middle 109; 5. Macon Middle 110; 6. Brevard Middle 130; 7. Polk Middle 135; 8. Rugby Middle 185; 9. Smoky Mountain Middle 229; 10. Hendersonville Middle 275.

Individual Finishers (winner and PCMS only)
1. Tanner Coggins (Flat Rock) 11:22.50; 11. Evan Dadson 12:30.30; 25. Ki’Yon Staley 13:13.70; 26. Chris Rickman 13:14.60; 36. Tyler Staley 13:32.30; 37. Landon Hoots 13:34.00; 52. Lucas Shipak 14;19.60; 64. Wylie Raushenbach 15:50.80.