Alan Peoples thinks Polk County’s indoor track squads each have a shot at finishing in the top 10 at Friday’s state championships.
A sizable group of qualifiers is key to Peoples’ optimism.
The 2018 state 2A/1A indoor track and field meet is slated for Friday at 4 p.m. at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. Polk County athletes posted 22 qualifying performances for the state meet, though some athletes may not enter events in which they qualified in order to focus on others.
Among the Wolverine hopefuls is Jake Justice, who enters the state meet as the top seed in the pole vault with his leap earlier this season of 13-6. Justice is also seeded third in the long jump with a mark of 21-6 3/4.
Polk County’s 4×400-meter relay team also enters as a third seed with a time of 3:36.65 in what should be a highly competitive event.
Wolverine senior Reagan Waddell enters as the third seed in the shot put with a top throw of 36-8, but will face a challenge in catching Anson County’s Patience Marshall, who has topped 43 feet this season.
The Wolverines are seeded second in the girls 4×400, but their of 4:26.34 is 15 seconds behind the best time of top seed Croatan.
The complete list of Polk County qualifiers for Friday’s meet, with their state meet seed and qualifying result, includes:
3. Reagan Waddell, 36-8
5. Reese Alley, 16-5 1/2
6. Lauren Ketwitz, 9-0; 19. Reese Alley, 7-6
16. Polk County, 11:24.79
14. Polk County 1:57.00
500 Meter Dash
4. Izzy Jackson, 1:22.19
2. Polk County, 4:26.34
9. Luke Sellers, 43-9 1/2; 12. Holden Owens, 42-9
3. Jake Justice, 21-6 3/4; 10. Dillon Overholt, 20-9 1/2; 27. Avery Edwards, 19-6 1/2
13. Matias Akers, 40-2 1/2
1. Jake Justice, 13-6
4. Polk County, 8:40.45
17. Polk County 1:36.10
10. Caleb Potter, 4:47.10
11. Jack Derkach, 1:10.56
22. Caleb Potter, 10:34.91; 25. Evan Dadson, 10:36.56
3. Polk County, 3:36.65