Polk County Middle School’s girls cross country team put together its best effort of the season Wednesday, placing sixth in the 16-team Asheville Christian Academy Invitational in Asheville.
In a field of 187 runners, Polk County’s Olivia Overholt took top honors, completing the course in a time of 13:19.98, almost 17 seconds faster than Carolina Day School’s Abby Smith.
Polk Middle’s Tori Thompson finished eighth in 14:18.33.
“Almost all of our runners improved their best times for the season,” said PCMS head coach Katie Elliott. “Some runners improved their times by nearly an entire minute. It was a great course to PR (set a personal record).”
Also competing for the Wolverines were Lauren Dotson (15:42.95), Megan Allison (15:48.02), Aryanna Patterson (16:55.24), Layla Paulsen (16:58.70), Maggie McCammon (17:23.48), Cora Lawrence (17:26.28), Vanessa Raposa (17:45.04), Lacey Gosnell (18:42.53), Katie Campusano-Gomez (18:50.67), Marleigh Hunt (19:33.92), Taylor Clark (19:34.75), Ashlyn Ramsey (19:50.43), Allie Quolle (20:13.10) and Kayla Kitchen (21:40.61)
The Polk Middle boys placed 13th, led by Isidro Gonzalez, who finished the course in 13:58.67 to take 35th. Also competing for the Wolverines were Collier Foster (14:24.88), Grayson Smith (15:50.18), Andrew Hostetler (16:57.66), Bryson Rickman (17:11.54), Logan Rhodes (18:19.08), McClain Koistinen (23:44.05) and Christopher Wilmoth (23:59.64)
Polk Middle will compete Tuesday in its final regular-season meet of the season before taking part in the Blue Ridge Conference championship meet the following week in Franklin.