Overholt qualifies for state 2A cross country championships

Polk County senior Olivia Overholt qualified for the state 2A cross country championship meet with her showing at Saturday’s 2A West Regional in Morganton.

Overholt finished seventh in the regional, completing the course at Freedom High School in 20:46.48. The top four teams and top seven individuals not on one of those teams earned a trip to the state meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 6 at 3:20 p.m. at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.

Community School of Davidson’s Leah Whiteside won the meet with a time of 19:09.88.

The state trip will be the third for Overholt, who finished 15th in the 2018 1A meet and 25th in the 2019 1A meet. Polk County moved up to 2A competition this season.

Polk County’s Tori Thompson finished 37th with a time of 23:21.50 as the Wolverine girls placed 14th as a team. Also running were McKenna Hill (94th, 28:43.00), Caroline Emory (99th, 30:30.24) and Luna Gonzalez (101st, 30:58.52).

The Wolverine boys placed ninth overall, with senior Mark Teague leading the way with his time of 18:21.58, good for 29th place.

Braxton Edwards followed in 35th (18:39.92), with Jayln Thomas in 56th (19:48.92), Ridge Burnett in 68th (20:28.86) and Adison Broyles in 69th (20:29.25).

Also running for the Wolverines were Tristan Devine (89th, 21:30.23) and Davis Young (99th, 22:01.57).

Brevard’s Knox Witherspoon won the regional with a time of 16:41.84 and led the Blue Devils to the regional team title. Pine Lake Prep captured the girls team crown.

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