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Olivia Overholt races Thursday to the Western Highlands Conference cross country title (photo courtesy Amanda Simoncic)

Olivia Overholt claimed the Western Highlands Conference girls cross country title on Thursday, dominating the field competing at Montreat College.

Overholt finished the course in a time of 19:53.1, breaking the 20-minute mark for the first time and winning the race by 26 seconds over runner-up Laila Burk of Owen.

Polk County finished second in the team race, 17 points behind Owen.

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Owen and Polk County also finished 1-2 in the boys race, with the Warhorses claiming the top seven places and posting a minimum team score of 15.

Polk County finished with 58 points, led by Mark Teague’s ninth-place effort in 19:14.7.

Overholt, a sophomore, is the first Polk County individual girls champion since India Godlock in 2016.

The Polk girls had one other top-10 finisher, that being Taytem Johnson’s sixth-place effort with a time of 21:52.3. Lindsey Jenkins took 12th in 22:55.4, with Tori Thompson in 13th in 23:11.5 and Syler Purtill in 14th in 23.16.1.

Also competing for the Wolverines were Emma Brunell (17th, 23:40.2), Anna McFadden (21st, 24:16.4) and Lauren Dotson (23rd, 24:33.0).

Braxton Edwards placed 10th for the Wolverine boys in 19:21.3, with Chris Rickman finishing 15th in 20:05.8, Kiyon Staley claiming 16th in 20:11.1 and Gus Maass taking 17th in 20:43.2

Also competing for the Wolverines were Grant Wooten (23rd, 21:57.5), Ridge Burnett (25th, 22:27.9), Jackson Geddings (26th, 22:38.9), Michael Simoncic (27th, 22:55.9) and Broddy Reynolds (35th, 27:42.3).

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