The 2014-15 indoor track season will long be remembered as one of the best in Polk County history – three state titles, two state records and a third-place finish for the Wolverines boys.
Polk County head coach Alan Peoples thinks this year’s squad has the potential to do just as well, thanks in no small part to its large size.
More than 60 athletes are competing with the Wolverine boys and girls teams this season, nearly all of those in action Thursday night as Polk County hosted its first Polar Bear meet of the season in Wolverine Stadium.
Polk County’s girls took top honors in the nine-team meet, their total of 135.5 points topping Hendersonville’s 100. The Wolverine boys placed second behind Asheville, which dominated the meet with 175.5 points. Complete results
With no conference or regional meets, the indoor track season is all about posting qualifying standards for the state 2A/1A meet in February, and Polk County is off to a solid start in that area, having already qualified athletes in some dozen events.
“I feel very good about the qualifiers we’ve already got, boys and girls combined. I think we’ve qualified in 12 events, though some of those are kids qualifying in multiple events,” Peoples said.
“Our (distance runners) ran away with everything from the 400 to the 3200. They can run pretty well.”
For the Polk girls, junior standout India Godlock posted a state qualifying time in the 1600-meter run Thursday and missed doing the same in the 300 by four-tenths of a second, though her time of 45.66 set a new school record. Godlock also helped the Wolverine 1600-meter team beat the qualifying mark for that event by more than seven seconds.
Michaela Nelon took second in the shot put but recorded a qualifying throw of 32-0. Emma Wagoner won the long jump and missed qualifying for the state meet by just three and a half inches.
On the boys side, Nate Smart’s 1:10.97 in the 500 meters earned a state meet spot, Jacob Wolfe ran the 1000 meters in 2:50.21 to qualify, Sean Doyle won the 1600 meters by more than 16 seconds with a qualifying time of 4:39.22 and Mitchell Brown added a win and qualifying time of 10:35:10 in the 3200 meters.
Doyle, Wolfe, Smart and Jeremy Allsbrook won the 1600-meter relay with a qualifying time of 3:41.30 and Troy Lieberman won the pole vault with a qualifying vault of 11-0.