Polk County's Luna Gonzalez and Kayla Kitchen, left, begin Saturday's 1600-meter run

Polk County’s indoor track and field teams closed the home portion of their schedule Saturday with the annual WNC Polar Bear Championships in G.M. Tennant Stadium.

Nathaniel Rhein led the Wolverine efforts for the day, winning the triple jump and taking second in the 55-meter hurdles. Rhein cleared 40 feet in the triple for the second time, his leap of 40-6 just two and a half inches short of the school record of 40-8 1/2 set during the 2009-10 season by Ethan Rhodes.

Rhein’s time of 8.84 in the hurdles is also just a half-second off the school mark of 8.28 set during the 1998-99 season by Brooks Lookadoo.

The Polk boys also got second-place showings from Kole Powell in the shot put, Kristopher Brooks in the pole vault and the 4×400-meter relay team in earning a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

Three Wolverine girls recorded third-place efforts: Maggie McCammon in the high jump, Elizabeth Vitale in the pole vault and Lindsey Dotson in the shot put.

Polk County’s boys and girls teams are scheduled to conclude their regular season on Friday at the Falcon Last Chance meet at West Henderson.

WNC Polar Bear Championships – 1/28/2023 Polk County High School Results Women 55 Meter Dash =================================================================== Name Year School Finals H# =================================================================== Finals 1 Avery Ponder 11 Pisgah 7.74 2 2 Kate Leonard 12 West Henderson 7.77 2 3 Kyra Sowell 11 North Buncombe 7.88 2 4 Emeline Addy 11 Smoky Mountain 7.89 2 5 Cloe Jenkins 11 R-S Central 7.94 2 6 Lilyana Mast 12 R-S Central 7.95 2 7 Melani Linton 11 Swain County 7.96 1 7 Bailey Barrett 9 North Buncombe 7.96 2 9 Mattie Dorlan 10 Pisgah 8.11 1 9 Ariel McElreath 12 Pisgah 8.11 1 11 Marlee Hicks 9 Swain County 8.25 2 12 Kaylan Cochran 9 Swain County 8.35 1 13 Trinity Wheeler 11 North Buncombe 8.45 1 14 Jaeda Hall 9 Owen 9.11 1 15 Allison Biederman 10 East Burke 9.26 1 Women 300 Meter Dash =================================================================== Name Year School Finals H# =================================================================== 1 Avery Ponder 11 Pisgah 43.93 3 2 Mattie Dorlan 10 Pisgah 45.09 3 3 Bailey Barrett 9 North Buncombe 45.20 3 4 Corrie Williams 12 North Buncombe 45.82 1 5 Ariel McElreath 12 Pisgah 46.40 3 6 Emeline Addy 11 Smoky Mountain 46.82 3 7 Cora Watkins 12 Swain County 46.99 3 8 Caroline Spilliards 12 Smoky Mountain 47.17 3 9 Brooke Waseman 10 Kings Mountain 48.37 2 10 Audrey Monteith 9 Swain County 49.26 2 11 Peyton Draper 11 Owen 50.11 2 12 Trinity Wheeler 11 North Buncombe 50.37 2 13 Laney Littlefield 10 Polk County 51.09 2 14 McKensie Branch 10 East Burke 52.99 1 15 Hannah Parker 12 East Burke 53.10 2 16 Nicole Poston 12 Kings Mountain 53.72 2 17 Jaeda Hall 9 Owen 55.87 2 18 Lin Galloway 9 Owen 57.02 1 19 Emily Phelps 11 Kings Mountain 1:05.89 1 Women 500 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Annie Lewis 9 Swain County 1:22.20 2 Sierra Early 12 Pisgah 1:27.40 3 Karlynna McDaniel 12 East Burke 1:32.12 4 Olivia Payne 12 West Henderson 1:38.23 5 Peyton Draper 11 Owen 1:39.42 6 Cadence Rollins 12 Pisgah 1:40.36 7 Jasmine Madera 12 West Henderson 1:41.23 8 Lin Galloway 9 Owen 1:42.07 9 Kylie Price 12 Freedom 1:42.54 10 Sienna Hackshaw 10 Swain County 1:44.52 11 Kinley Putnam 10 Kings Mountain 1:51.36 12 Olivia Carrillio 12 Kings Mountain 1:55.08 Women 1000 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Amaya Hicks 12 Swain County 3:20.50 2 Gracie Monteith 12 Swain County 3:21.21 3 Angelina Lomelli 9 Swain County 3:32.70 4 Caroline Henson 10 Pisgah 3:50.68 5 Brayden Wilson 10 North Buncombe 4:02.18 6 Ashley Ramirez 11 North Buncombe 4:05.55 7 Raquel Munoz 10 Pisgah 4:06.38 8 Lacie Forino 9 East Burke 4:08.29 9 Sindy Ulloa 12 Kings Mountain 4:13.46 10 Yukiko Luna 11 Freedom 4:18.36 11 Sarah Eagle 9 Kings Mountain 4:23.63 12 Gaby Lara Arredondo 11 Pisgah 4:29.10 13 Kallie Hope 9 Kings Mountain 4:30.44 — Alysia Madera 10 West Henderson DNF Women 1600 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Arizona Blankenship 10 Swain County 5:20.68 2 Katie Johnson 11 North Buncombe 5:25.30 3 Brooke Hope 11 R-S Central 5:32.72 4 Noelle Houlihan 10 West Henderson 5:33.85 5 Rayna Vanness 11 West Henderson 5:41.18 6 Lily Buenting 12 Smoky Mountain 5:49.04 7 Divinity Ervin 12 Kings Mountain 5:53.78 8 Peyton Draper 11 Owen 6:09.26 9 Caroline Henson 10 Pisgah 6:12.33 10 Chloe Jackson 9 North Buncombe 6:16.90 11 Sarah Eagle 9 Kings Mountain 6:28.34 12 Raquel Munoz 10 Pisgah 7:03.01 13 Kayla Kitchen 12 Polk County 7:07.55 14 Kallie Hope 9 Kings Mountain 7:15.72 15 Gaby Lara Arredondo 11 Pisgah 7:21.91 16 Audrey Monteith 9 Swain County 7:22.60 17 Luna Gonzalez 11 Polk County 8:37.42 Women 3200 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Avery Mays 11 North Buncombe 11:52.55 2 Noelle Houlihan 10 West Henderson 12:14.92 3 Rayna Vanness 11 West Henderson 12:17.26 4 Caroline Henson 10 Pisgah 14:30.39 5 Raquel Munoz 10 Pisgah 14:32.31 6 Gaby Lara Arredondo 11 Pisgah 15:27.56 — Divinity Ervin 12 Kings Mountain DNF Women 55 Meter Hurdles =================================================================== Name Year School Finals H# =================================================================== 1 Caroline Spilliards 12 Smoky Mountain 9.26 2 2 Melani Linton 11 Swain County 10.44 2 3 Jessica Ross 9 Pisgah 10.51 2 4 Hannah Parker 12 East Burke 10.70 1 5 Lilyana Mast 12 R-S Central 10.82 2 6 Cadence Rollins 12 Pisgah 11.12 2 7 Jamya Mosley 11 R-S Central 11.13 2 8 Nicole Poston 12 Kings Mountain 11.31 1 9 Kaylan Cochran 9 Swain County 11.34 1 Women 4×200 Meter Relay ================================================================ School Finals ================================================================ 1 North Buncombe ‘A’ 1:49.06 2 Swain County ‘A’ 1:55.54 3 Pisgah ‘A’ 1:55.74 Women 4×400 Meter Relay ================================================================ School Finals ================================================================ 1 North Buncombe ‘A’ 4:12.51 2 Pisgah ‘A’ 4:23.44 3 R-S Central ‘A’ 4:37.39 4 Swain County ‘A’ 4:41.31 Women 4×800 Meter Relay ================================================================ School Finals ================================================================ 1 Swain County ‘A’ 10:14.73 2 Pisgah ‘A’ 12:02.36 Women High Jump ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Gracie Sutton 11 Swain County 5-02.00 2 Alden Thomas 10 Swain County 4-08.00 3 Naomi Feagin 12 Swain County J4-08.00 4 Sierra Early 12 Pisgah 4-06.00 5 Olivia Payne 12 West Henderson 4-04.00 6 Kinley Putnam 10 Kings Mountain 4-02.00 — Maggie McCammon 11 Polk County NH — Emily Davis 11 West Henderson NH Women Pole Vault ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Maya Flynn 11 North Buncombe J10-00.00 2 Amelia Rogers 12 Swain County J10-00.00 3 Sasha Ledford 12 Pisgah J10-00.00 4 Alden Thomas 10 Swain County J8-00.00 5 Sarah Gorgas 11 West Henderson J8-00.00 6 Hannah Wingate 10 Swain County 7-06.00 7 Kinley Putnam 10 Kings Mountain 6-06.00 8 Sofia Avellaneda 10 Polk County 5-00.00 8 Emily Phelps 11 Kings Mountain 5-00.00 Women Long Jump ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Naomi Feagin 12 Swain County 15-05.00 2 Emily Davis 11 West Henderson 15-02.50 3 Jamya Mosley 11 R-S Central 15-01.50 4 Laney Littlefield 10 Polk County 14-03.00 5 Kiersten Smith 12 Swain County 13-07.00 Women Triple Jump ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Jamya Mosley 11 R-S Central 31-02.50 2 Kiersten Smith 12 Swain County 28-00.00 Women Shot Put ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Alana Warren 12 R-S Central 36-09.00 2 Sam Morgan 11 Pisgah 35-03.00 3 Faith Woodard 10 Swain County 31-09.50 4 Carlie Lackey 12 North Buncombe 29-10.50 5 Brooke Eberle 11 North Buncombe 29-07.50 6 Malla Bradley 10 Swain County 27-08.00 7 Sarah Robertson 10 Pisgah 27-00.00 8 Tori Knight 12 West Henderson 26-06.00 9 Gabi Cook 11 R-S Central 25-08.50 10 Tali Thompson 10 Polk County 23-11.00 11 Lindsey Dotson 11 Polk County 23-08.00 12 Chloe Miller 10 R-S Central 22-03.50 13 Maggie McCammon 11 Polk County 20-04.00 14 Gabriella Renegar 9 Pisgah 18-08.50 — Elizabeth Webb Pisgah X17-06.50 Men 55 Meter Dash =================================================================== Name Year School Finals H# =================================================================== 1 Evan Byrd 11 Pisgah 6.69 3 2 Ian Hicks 12 West Henderson 6.79 3 3 Keron Clayton 10 Owen 6.86 3 4 Kayden Mathers 9 Kings Mountain 7.09 3 5 Grant Byers 11 North Buncombe 7.15 2 6 Ossie Burkeen 9 East Burke 7.19 2 7 Isaac Searcy 12 Freedom 7.22 3 8 Quadry Roberts 9 Kings Mountain 7.23 3 9 Marcus McKinney 11 R-S Central 7.27 3 10 Austin Jenkins 12 Swain County 7.45 2 11 Jackson Pittard 12 Swain County 7.56 2 12 Brady McGee 11 West Henderson 7.58 2 13 Nathan Rees 10 East Burke 7.61 1 14 Jacob Henry 9 Smoky Mountain 7.77 1 15 David Amitrano 10 Polk County 8.54 1 16 Jamie Barcenilla 10 Pisgah 8.67 2 Men 300 Meter Dash =================================================================== Name Year School Finals H# =================================================================== 1 Ian Hicks 12 West Henderson 35.92 4 2 Evan Byrd 11 Pisgah 36.03 4 3 Keron Clayton 10 Owen 36.82 4 4 Colby Capps 12 Mtn Heritage 37.73 4 4 Avery Fraley 11 East Burke 37.73 1 6 Kayden Mathers 9 Kings Mountain 38.77 4 7 George Smith 12 West Henderson 39.58 1 8 Asher Gebhard 11 East Burke 39.69 1 9 Grant Byers 11 North Buncombe 39.85 4 10 Nathan Lindsay 11 Freedom 40.09 4 11 Austin Jenkins 12 Swain County 41.20 3 12 Damarion Wilkerson 12 R-S Central 41.41 3 13 Alex Adams 9 West Henderson 41.77 3 14 Ossie Burkeen 9 East Burke 42.46 3 15 Cameron Shook 11 North Buncombe 42.49 3 16 Ethan Dibruno 9 Kings Mountain 43.41 2 17 Tristan Deviney 9 R-S Central 44.75 2 18 David Amitrano 10 Polk County 47.39 2 19 Jamie Barcenilla 10 Pisgah 49.83 2 20 Luke Hall 9 Owen 50.95 2 Men 500 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Austin McGuire 11 Patton 1:09.19 2 Tad Sloan-Westmoreland 12 Owen 1:09.91 3 Cyrus Ervin 12 North Buncombe 1:10.75 4 Kane Jones 11 Swain County 1:10.94 5 Jesse Cook 12 North Buncombe 1:11.97 6 Andrew Vasile 11 Freedom 1:16.67 7 Travis Craig 11 East Burke 1:17.62 8 Asher Ellis 12 Freedom 1:18.96 9 Marty Lovingood 12 Kings Mountain 1:20.03 10 Hunter Cruise 11 Kings Mountain 1:21.89 11 Jack Duggins 10 Smoky Mountain 1:21.92 12 Austin Shipman 10 Polk County 1:22.07 13 Jackson Pittard 12 Swain County 1:22.84 14 Jordy Rojas-Argate 11 Polk County 1:22.85 15 Ethan Bishop 10 East Burke 1:31.16 Men 1000 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Max Thompson 10 Kings Mountain 2:41.49 2 John Ramirez 12 North Buncombe 2:41.52 3 Charlie Bennett 11 Patton 2:46.47 4 Miguel Popchock Moreno 10 North Buncombe 2:56.82 5 Connor Lambert 11 Swain County 2:57.80 6 Carl Baird 9 Swain County 2:59.08 7 Liam Lawing 11 North Buncombe 3:00.62 8 Landon Sims 10 R-S Central 3:11.53 9 Devin Velasquez 10 Pisgah 3:16.95 10 Jackson Klein 10 West Henderson 3:18.88 11 Luke Hall 9 Owen 3:23.39 12 John Komperda 10 West Henderson 3:24.27 13 Nick Sharkey 9 Owen 3:25.59 14 Joshua Zeigler 10 Owen 3:25.68 15 Aaden Denton 9 Polk County 3:28.67 16 Ardon Malan 10 Polk County 3:34.01 Men 1600 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Elijah Jones 12 Owen 4:30.12 2 Daniel Sayblack 10 Pisgah 4:53.27 3 Connor Brown 11 Swain County 4:54.24 4 Harding Kinnaird 10 Owen 4:54.27 5 Gabe Ferguson 10 North Buncombe 4:57.30 6 Leo Parmenter 11 Owen 4:57.32 7 Isaiah Watts 10 Kings Mountain 5:02.25 8 Michael Ferguson 9 North Buncombe 5:02.57 9 Holden Hamlin 10 West Henderson 5:16.52 10 Elliott Shreffler 10 North Buncombe 5:22.04 11 Harrison Ashworth 11 Polk County 5:25.40 12 Devin Velasquez 10 Pisgah 5:30.41 13 Cameron Whitener 11 R-S Central 5:31.11 14 Elijah Baker 9 East Burke 5:32.45 15 Carl Baird 9 Swain County 5:38.68 16 Riley Howard 12 R-S Central 5:41.55 17 Steven Morgan 9 Shelby 5:43.24 18 M. Calvin Curtis 10 East Burke 5:45.06 19 Brinson Ashworth 9 Polk County 5:56.90 20 Rosa Beck 9 Smoky Mountain 5:59.28 21 Nathan Inthavong 12 Kings Mountain 6:07.95 22 Drew Poston 11 Smoky Mountain 6:18.40 Men 3200 Meter Run ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Elijah Jones 12 Owen 9:53.89 2 Caleb Phillips 12 Smoky Mountain 9:57.75 3 Daniel Sayblack 10 Pisgah 10:35.92 4 Harding Kinnaird 10 Owen 10:55.46 5 Michael Ferguson 9 North Buncombe 10:58.21 6 Gabe Ferguson 10 North Buncombe 11:13.86 7 Leo Parmenter 11 Owen 11:18.12 8 Davis Young 10 Polk County 11:38.98 9 Corey Wolf 11 Swain County 11:43.35 10 Marc Denton 10 East Burke 13:00.11 11 Jackson Alexander 11 North Buncombe 13:07.03 12 Josh Sorrells 9 West Henderson 13:32.01 13 Rosa Beck 9 Smoky Mountain 13:33.66 14 Drew Poston 11 Smoky Mountain 13:34.11 Men 55 Meter Hurdles ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Kenneth Byrd 11 East Burke 7.89 2 Austin Jenkins 12 Swain County 8.29 3 Nathaniel Rhein 12 Polk County 8.38 4 Brayden Mantz 12 Smoky Mountain 12.21 Men 4×200 Meter Relay ================================================================ School Finals ================================================================ 1 East Burke ‘A’ 1:35.44 2 West Henderson ‘A’ 1:39.02 3 Polk County ‘A’ 1:51.99 Men 4×400 Meter Relay ================================================================ School Finals ================================================================ 1 Polk County ‘A’ 3:45.38 2 Pisgah ‘A’ 3:49.06 3 East Burke ‘A’ 3:55.16 Men 4×800 Meter Relay ================================================================ School Finals ================================================================ 1 North Buncombe ‘A’ 8:35.00 2 Swain County ‘A’ 8:50.94 3 Kings Mountain ‘A’ 9:03.29 4 Polk County ‘A’ 9:06.70 5 R-S Central ‘A’ 9:43.17 6 East Burke ‘A’ 10:01.90 Men High Jump ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Kenneth Byrd 11 East Burke 6-04.00 2 Avery Fraley 11 East Burke 6-02.00 — Brayden Mantz 12 Smoky Mountain NH — Cameron Shook 11 North Buncombe NH — Jack Duggins 10 Smoky Mountain NH Men Pole Vault ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Colby Capps 12 Mtn Heritage 13-00.00 2 Dylan Metcalf 12 North Buncombe 11-00.00 3 Hunter Cruise 11 Kings Mountain 10-00.00 4 Nicholas Horn 12 Kings Mountain 9-06.00 5 Noah Rollins 11 R-S Central 8-06.00 5 Kristopher Brooks 11 Polk County 8-06.00 7 Dylan Moore 11 Kings Mountain 8-00.00 7 Jackson Pittard 12 Swain County 8-00.00 — Oisin Ledford 9 Pisgah NH — Alex Adams 9 West Henderson NH Men Long Jump ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Avery Fraley 11 East Burke 21-04.50 2 Kenneth Byrd 11 East Burke 20-04.00 3 Nathaniel Rhein 12 Polk County 19-06.50 4 Isaac Searcy 12 Freedom 18-11.00 5 Shamus O’Toole 10 East Burke 18-04.50 6 Marcus McKinney 11 R-S Central 17-04.00 7 Brady McGee 11 West Henderson 17-01.00 8 Marty Lovingood 12 Kings Mountain 16-10.00 9 Ashton Sutton 11 Pisgah 16-09.00 10 Quadry Roberts 9 Kings Mountain 16-06.00 11 Damarion Wilkerson 12 R-S Central 16-02.00 12 David Dingle 9 Swain County 15-08.00 13 Cannon Iamurri 9 Polk County 14-09.50 14 Caden Graning 10 Smoky Mountain 13-04.00 Men Triple Jump ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Nathaniel Rhein 12 Polk County 38-10.00 2 Nathan Lindsay 11 Freedom 38-06.00 3 Ashton Sutton 11 Pisgah 38-05.50 4 Austin Jenkins 12 Swain County 37-02.00 5 Jaccob Fair 12 East Burke 36-07.00 6 Shamus O’Toole 10 East Burke 36-05.00 7 Isaac Searcy 12 Freedom 36-04.00 8 Cannon Iamurri 9 Polk County 32-06.50 9 David Dingle 9 Swain County 32-00.50 10 Lucas Ward 9 Kings Mountain 31-07.50 11 Ethan Dibruno 9 Kings Mountain 30-09.50 12 Caden Graning 10 Smoky Mountain 28-10.50 Men Shot Put ================================================================ Name Year School Finals ================================================================ 1 Michael Hathcock 12 East Burke 48-08.00 2 Brady Bostain 10 East Burke 44-11.00 3 Kolby Byrd 10 East Burke 42-06.00 4 Antonio Lorenzo 12 Smoky Mountain 42-01.50 5 Nse Uffort 10 Swain County 41-09.00 6 Bryson Owen 12 Polk County 38-03.00 7 Preston Wright 10 Pisgah 37-10.50 8 Austin Scoggins 12 R-S Central 36-08.00 9 J-Quan Murray 11 R-S Central 36-06.00 10 Cameron Scott 11 R-S Central 35-04.50 11 Kole Powell 11 Polk County 34-11.00 12 Braylon James 12 Swain County 34-00.50 13 Jack Zalevskiy 10 West Henderson 33-10.50 14 Carter Wingrove 12 West Henderson 32-03.00 15 Philip Svetlov 11 North Buncombe 31-11.50 16 Noah Hale 11 West Henderson 30-01.00 17 RJ Ruff 10 Polk County 28-11.00 18 Dominic Freeman 9 North Buncombe 24-05.00