Syler Purtill

Facing a talented field of top teams from two states, Polk County’s girls cross country team placed ninth Saturday in the Hagen Stone Cross Country Classic in Greensboro.

The Wolverines placed in the middle of the 18-team field that included teams from North Carolina and Virginia. Reagan High from the Winston-Salem area won the girls competition in the championship division, with Charlotte Country Day in second and South Lakes in third.

Polk County’s boys placed 18th in the 22-team developmental division field.

Olivia Overholt ran the fifth fastest time in school history to take 12th place in the race. Overholt completed the course in 20:14.02, also the fifth fastest time for any 1A runner this season.

Teammate Syler Purtill placed 70th in 22:59.55, with Taytem Johnson (23:23.66), Lindsey Jenkins (23:28.91) and Emma Brunell (23:32.01) all in the top 80. Rounding out the Wolverine competitors were Anna McFadden (25:44.39) and Tori Thompson (27:50.66).

Braxton Edwards led the Polk boys with a time of 19:52.31, with Chris Rickman just behind in 19:53.55. Kiyon Staley followed in 20:03.37.

Also competing for the Wolverines were Ridge Burnett (21:12.34), Gus Maass (21:33.16), Michael Simoncic (23:09.15) and Broddy Reynolds (33:31.01).