Polk County's Mark Teague approaches the finish line in G.M. Tennant Stadium during Monday's meet

Monday offered an afternoon of firsts in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

Polk County High School held a cross country race on campus for the first time. Mark Teague won the first race of the day and thus set a course record in the process.

And in a welcome bit of symmetry, months after the last athletic event on Polk County’s campus ended in Tennant Stadium, the first one held since kicked off there, with live sports returning as the Wolverines hosted Avery and Mountain Heritage in a tri-meet.

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Just more than eight months had passed since the March 13 track meet that completed before all high school sports in North Carolina ceased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the runners from that day were among those competing on Monday as the 2020 cross country season officially began.

The day proved a good one for Polk County, with the Wolverines winning both the boys and girls team races. Teague, Braxton Edwards and Tristan Devine finished 1-2-3 for the Polk boys while Olivia Overholt and Emma Brunell finished in the top five to lead the Wolverine girls.

The course encompassed nearly every road on the PCHS campus, and its hills especially challenged the field.

The Wolverines will get another shot at the course next week as Polk is slated to host Owen, Mitchell and R-S Central on Monday.

Polk County’s girls cross country team lines up for the start of Monday’s race

1. Polk County 33; 2. Avery 40; 3. Mountain Heritage 47

Polk County results
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4. Olivia Overholt; 5. Emma Brunell; 6. Taytem Johnson; 7. Tori Thompson; 11. Kayla Kitchen; 15. Chloe Patterson

1. Polk County 26; 2. Avery 34; 3. Mountain Heritage 54

Polk County results
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1. Mark Teague; 2. Braxton Edwards; 3. Tristan Devine; 9. Addison Broyles; 11. Jalon Thomas