Polk County Middle’s cross country teams capped one of the best seasons in school history with a stellar showing at the Blue Ridge Conference Championships.
Polk’s Amberina Jenne ran to a second-place finish to lead the Wolverines to a fourth-place effort as a team while Liam Jackson and Matthew Jarrett had top-10 results to guide the Polk Middle boys to third overall in the meet held at North Henderson High School.
Jenne completed the course in a time of 14:52.36, trailing only Flat Rock’s Addie Rutterford. Jenne is just a seventh grader, while Rutterford is an eighth grader.
Polk’s Sophia Junge finished 13th and Allie Vanderploeg came home 22nd for the Wolverines.
Jackson’s time of 13:42.44 placed him fifth in the boys race and just ahead of Jarrett, who took sixth in 13:42.44. Rugby Middle’s Obie Greene easily topped the field with a time of 12:55.12.
Flat Rock nipped Rugby by nine points for the boys team title, with Polk in third and Waynesville Middle and Brevard Middle rounding out the top five.
Rugby easily won the girls team title, followed by Flat Rock, Canton Middle and Polk Middle.
Blue Ridge Conference Championships
Polk County Middle results
5. Liam Jackson, 13:42.44; 6. Matthew Jarrett, 13:45.85; 19. Jacob Jenne, 15:13.11; 20. Acer Eadus, 15:14.38; 27. Callum Eadus, 15:32.71; 39. Davis Holbert, 16:12.74; 47. Jayvin Clark, 16:48.34.
2. Amberina Jenne, 14:52.36; 13. Sophia Junge, 15:51.84; 22. Allie Vanderploeg, 16:21.39; 35. Sadie Schweitzer, 17:42.52; 45. Khloe Kitchen, 18:13.41; 48. ScottLynn Whiteside, 18:58.77