Polk County's Braxton Edwards and the 4x400-meter relay team placed eighth Saturday

Overholt’s fifth leads Polk efforts at state indoor track and field meet

Olivia Overholt’s fifth-place finish in the 500-meter run led Polk County’s effort Saturday at the 2020 2A/1A Indoor Track and Field State Championships at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Overholt completed the run in 1:22.20, her best time in the event, to earn the Wolverines’ lone top-five effort of the day. Research Triangle’s Victoria Simpson won the 500 with a time of 1:19.64.

Polk’s Lindsey Jenkins placed ninth in the 500 with a time of 1:25.30, also a personal record. Emma Brunell started the event but dropped off the track in the final 200 meters of her heat.

Polk County’s boys 4×400-meter relay team had the other scoring performance of the day, placing eighth with a time of 3:43.21. The relay team included Bryce Jergenson, Jordan Bishop, Chan Barber and Braxton Edwards.

The Polk girls 4×400-meter relay team, featuring Jenkins, Overholt, Lauren Dotson and Caelan Gaul, finished ninth with a time of 4:29.38.

Madison Geddings cleared 8-6 in the pole vault, a personal best, and finished 12th in the event. Teammates Dotson and Tana Harris each cleared 7-0 and tied for 15th. Polk junior Alana Jergenson took 20th in the shot put with a throw of 30-4.

Edwards was the only other state qualifier for the Polk boys, recording a no-height in the pole vault.

Cummings women won their second straight team title and 11th all-time while the Atkins men nipped North Lincoln 58-51 to earn the program’s first indoor team championship.

Cummings’ Kendall Jordan won both the long jump and the triple jump and was named Most Outstanding Performer in the women’s meet for her exploits. She spanned 18-10 with her best performance in the long jump and skipped 38-11 in the triple jump to the victory.

The men’s Most Outstanding Performer award went to Reidsville’s Savion Thompson, who also won the long jump and triple jump events. Thompson leapt 23-1.5 in the long jump for the win. He jumped 45-6.5 on his way to victory in the triple jump.

Other notable performers in the women’s meet included a trio of individuals that set new 1A/2A meet records. Sarah Brown from Surry Central won the pole vault with a new classification meet record of 12-00, besting her record from a year ago of 11-6. In the 55 meter hurdles, Alyssa Thompson Rowe from Lexington raced to a time of 7.99 seconds to eclipse the time of 8.03 seconds set in 2017 by Kayla Moore from Cummings. Then in the 55 meter dash, Kayla Smith from Lincolnton posted 7.03 seconds, blasting past the previous classification record of 7.17 seconds set by Allysia Farrar from Cummings last year.

On the men’s side there were also three new classification meet records established to close the year. Jake Soorus from North Lincoln extended the best shot put throw to 55-6.5, besting the previous record of 54-9 set by Magnus Herweyer from Carrboro in 2016. Jenoah McKiver T.W. Andrews won the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:06.08, clipping the old record in the event of 1:06.15 set by Derrick Puryear from T.W. Andrews in 2016. Atkins’ Ben Armentrout paced to a time of 9:28.22 in the 3200 meter run, besting the mark of 9:31.89 set by Erick Ramirez-Ramos from Surry Central in 2019.