Lynch, Potter, Justice, Polk girls track named WNC Sports Awards finalists

Three Polk County athletes and one team have been named finalists for the Western North Carolina Sports Awards, to be presented May 19 at the 58th WNC Sports Awards Banquet at Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Ansley Lynch, Caleb Potter, Jake Justice and Polk County’s girls track team have been chosen as finalists for one of the 24 awards to be presented at the banquet, which is presented by the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club.

Lynch is a finalist for the Wells Fargo Advisors/Aiken, Meyer, Whatley Division II Female Athlete – Major Sport award. The list of finalists includes Katelyn Jones, Murphy soccer; Maggie Knight, Robbinsville softball; Ansley Lynch, Polk County softball and volleyball; Hannah Tipton, Mountain Heritage basketball.

Potter and Justice are finalists for the White & Williams Division II Male Athlete award. The complete list of finalists includes Reece Collie, Asheville Christian Academy cross country and track; River Griffith, Avery County wrestling; Jake Justice, Polk County track; Caleb Potter, Polk County track; Kevin Snyder, Christ School track.

Polk County’s girls track team is a finalist for the Mills Manufacturing Division II Female Team – Olympic Sport award. The complete list includes Asheville School swimming; Carolina Day cross country; Carolina Day track; Murphy track; Polk County track.

Potter and Lynch are also finalists for one of the 15 scholarships of $1,500 each presented by the John & Darlene McNabb Charitable Foundation.

Tickets for the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased at or by calling Keith Jarrett at 828-712-6324. The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes dinner and the awards show.