Second-place efforts theme of day for Polk runners

A pair of Polk County runners took second place Tuesday in a three-team cross country meet on the PCHS campus.

Mark Teague and Olivia Overholt each placed second in their respective races with Owen and Chase on a course beginning and ending in Tennant Stadium and winding through all parts of the campus.

Overholt finished with a time of 21:54.10, trailing only Owen senior Hannah Larios. Teammate Emma Brunell placed third in 23:40.20, with Tori Thompson in ninth at 25:20.70.

Syler Purtill finished 12th (26.10.40), followed by Kayla Kitchen (28:40.00) and Ashley Alonso-Mejia (28:54.00).

Owen won the meet with a score of 23, followed by Polk’s 34 points. Chase did not field enough runners for a full team.

Teague’s time of 18:10.90 trailed only the 18:00.00 of Owen’s Elijah Jones, who pulled away in the final half-mile. Chan Barber took fifth for the Wolverines with a time of 18:32.90, followed by Braxton Edwards in 18:44.70.

Tristan Devine grabbed ninth in 20:20.60, followed by Chris Rickman in 12th in 21:05.50. Addison Broyles finished 15th in 22:18.50, with Jayln Thomas in 20th at 23:21.00.

Owen placed first with 23 points, followed by Polk (34) and Chase (74).

Polk County will compete Saturday in a dual meet at R-S Central before wrapping its regular season with a dual meet at Madison on Monday and a tri-meet with Avery and Mitchell at PCHS on Dec. 21.