Polk County’s cheerleaders earned a fifth-place finish Saturday in the 2019 North Carolina High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Invitational in Raleigh.

More than 130 teams took part in the event, open to all cheerleading teams across the state and held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Polk’s cheerleading squad, in its first year of competition, competed in the Medium Varsity Non-Tumble D2 division. West Columbus won the divisin, with West Iredell, Princeton and Dixon finishing ahead of Polk.

Each year, the NCHSAA and Varsity Brands present the Carolina Cup to the highest scoring squad in the competition, regardless of division. This year the 15th annual Carolina Cup was presented to Davie High School, who scored 87.5 in Medium Division 1 Varsity to win the school’s second Carolina Cup.

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