Potter, Wolverine boys run to victory in R-S Central meet

Polk County's Caleb Potter, left, and Evan Dadson finished in the top four in Tuesday's race (photo courtesy Alan Peoples).

Caleb Potter led Polk County’s boys cross country team to victory Tuesday in the RS/Armentrout Invitational at R-S Central High School.

Despite a warm afternoon with the temperature 85 degrees at the start of the race, the well-hydrated Wolverines raced to victory in the 10-team field, finishing ahead of R-S Central and Chesnee, S.C.

Potter took top honors on the hilly course with a time of 18:34.43, finishing some 45 seconds ahead of R-S Central freshman Christopher Upton.

Polk County’s Taytem Johnson (photo courtesy Alan Peoples).

Polk County sophomore Evan Dadson placed fourth in 19:45.14, with Jack Derkach taking sixth (20:30.09) and Connor Holtz finishing 14th (21:48.94). Emmett Zacharias placed 26th (23:04.91) to round out the scoring for the Wolverines.

Also competing were Chris Rickman (24:56.84), Kiyon Staley (25:04.81), Tyler Lawrence (26:00.22) and Joseph Poe (27:34.51).

Freshman Taytem Johnson placed eighth for the Polk County girls, finishing the tough course in 27:04.20. Izzy Jackson (31:39.76) and Ailey Morlino (38:31.39) also competed for the Wolverines, who are still one runner shy of fielding a complete team.