Polk County’s boys cross country team placed three runners in the top 20 and earned fourth place Saturday at the Freedom Invitational meet in Morganton.

Polk County’s Jack Derkach, left, and Evan Dadson compete during Saturday’s Freedom Invitational (photo courtesy Alan Peoples).

Caleb Potter earned sixth place with a time of 18:10, followed by Jack Derkach in 11th at 18:58 and Evan Dadson in 17th at 19:22 to lead the Wolverines.

Conner Holtz finished 53rd in 20:55 and Emmett Zacharias took 66th in 21:32 to round out the scoring for Polk County.

Also competing were Kiyon Staley (22:48), Chris Rickman (22:53), Tyler Lawrence (23:17, a personal record) and Joseph Poe (27:14.).

North Henderson took the top spot in the 16-team field, followed by Forestview and Madison.

Still unable to field a full team, the Polk County girls competed as individuals in the junior varsity race. Freshman Taytem Johnson placed eighth overall in 26:18, a personal record, to lead the Wolverines, followed by Sadie Allen in ninth in 26:20.

Also running was Izzy Jackson (30:52).