Karsyn Huskey

A top-15 state finish in the first season running cross country is a notable feat.

Doing it following a year off after major knee surgery? Nothing but impressive.

That’s what Polk County’s Karsyn Huskey accomplished Saturday, taking 13th in the 1A state meet at Ivey Redmon Complex in Kernersville.

Huskey completed the tough Redmon course in 20:38.17. Her finish is the best for a Polk County runner at a state meet since India Godlock placed seventh in 2016.

“It was extremely difficult on the first mile compared to the regional course,” Huskey said. “There were many hills on the first mile and by the second, I tried my hardest to keep up with the top 10.

“This being my first year, I did not have the miles under my belt to have a top-10 finish. Coach (Dewayne Elliott) said I said I will be ready next year.”

Christ The King’s Nicole Alfers won the state title, finishing in 18:37.2 to top Cherokee’s Dvdaya Swimmer (19.09.73). Swain won the state team title, placing four runners in the top 16.

Christ The King’s Blake Nicholson won the boys state title, completing the 5K course in a record 15:36.84, some 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Andrew Harding of Northside. Lejeune captured the 1A boys team crown, topping South Davidson and Swain.