Huskey’s fifth-place effort leads Polk at state indoor track and field meet

Led by Karsyn Huskey, Polk County’s indoor track and field team brought home a pair of top-10 finishes Saturday from the state 1A/2A indoor championships in Winston-Salem.

Huskey continued a stellar junior season by placing fifth in the 1000-meter run, circling the JDL Fast Track course in a time of 3:15.04.

Leah Dotson added an eighth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 8-0.

Huskey was also part of the Wolverines’ 4×400-meter relay team that took 12th, joined by Mia Wolfe, Laney Littlefield and Thais Vorbe. The quartet completed the race in 4:34.59.

For the Polk boys, the 4×800-meter relay team finished 13th while Nate Martinez took 15th in the 500-meter run.

For the meet team title, Swain won its third consecutive girls title while the T.W. Andrews boys team claimed its second.

The Maroon Devils denied Cummings its 12th NCHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championship by tallying just two more points than the Cavaliers.

Swain County sophomore Annie Lewis won the 1000-meter race and junior Arizona Blankenship won the 1600 and took second in the 3200. Swain County also won the 4×800-meter relay.

Cummings was led by sophomore D’Anna Cotton as she won the 55-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump and took second in the triple jump. Cotton was named Most Outstanding Performer for her showing on Saturday.

T.W. Andrews racked up 85 points to win its first title since 1992. Defending champions East Burke finished in second with 66 points.

Senior Kenneth Byrd powered East Burke as he won the high jump, took second in 55-meter hurdles and pole vault and third in long jump. He was named the MOP for the second straight year.

Northeastern senior Junior Payton-Kimble shattered his own meet record in the shot put with a throw of 60-02.75.