Polk County cheerleaders go through their routine at state competition in 2019 (Brandon Schweitzer photo)

Polk County’s varsity cheerleaders leapt in a new direction on Saturday, taking part in the Mountain Regional PreState competition at Enka High School.

School officials say it marks the first time that Polk County has fielded a competitive cheer squad – and the Wolverines made the most of the day, finishing second to Eastern Guilford in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumble division.

“These girls have worked hard since August to perfect their routine and we are proud of the accomplishment,” said PCHS cheer coach Elisa Flynn.

Photos: PCHS cheerleaders make competition debut

A number of high school and middle schools teams took part in the competition.

There are four regional competitions across North Carolina, all leading up to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Cheerleading Invitational on December 7.

Polk County’s cheerleaders will next be in competition on Nov. 23 at the UCA Carolina Championship in Greensboro.