GREENSBORO – Polk County came close Saturday to defending its 1A boys state track and field championship, placing a close third in the meet held at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T.

The Wolverines shared third with Murphy, their 35 points just five points behind champion John A. Holmes, which claimed the first boys team championship in school history.

Holmes finished with 40 points, with Tarboro at 36. Mountain Island Charter followed Polk and Murphy with 34 points in a tightly-bunched top five.

The Polk County girls also earned a top-10 finish, taking ninth with 29.5 points. Murphy entered the 4×400-meter relay, the final race of the day, needing a second-place finish to repeat as 1A girls champions and got that, barely edging Highland Tech to take second in a race won by Polk County.

The Bulldogs earned 49.5 points, nipping the 47.5 of East Carteret. Highland Tech (40), Winston-Salem Prep (38) and Swain (31) rounded out the top five.

Polk County brought home two state championships, with Jake Justice setting a 1A record in the pole vault with a leap of 15-1 to claim his second straight title. He joins John Spencer Wolfe and Regis Bittle as the only Polk County boys to win multiple outdoor titles, and his four combined indoor and outdoor state championships rank second among boys and fourth all-time among all athletes behind Karen Godlock, Jennifer Dimsdale and Wolfe.

The Wolverines’ 4×400-meter relay team of Mariah Overholt, Izzy Jackson, Marissa Twitty and Olivia Overholt won the state title in the event for the second straight year, with Mariah Overholt, Jackson and Twitty also part of last year’s winners. The Wolverines led the race from start to finish and crossed the line in 4:07.20, more than three seconds ahead of Murphy.

The Wolverine girls took second in the 4×800-meter relay, Olivia Overholt finished fourth in the 800-meter run and the Wolverine boys 4×800-meter relay team placed third for Polk County’s only other podium finishes.

Complete Polk County results for Saturday’s state meet:

800-meter run: 4. Olivia Overholt, 2:24.53
300-meter hurdles: 15. Amya Cunningham, 57.25
400-meter run: 8. Izzy Jackson, 1:02.68
4×400-meter relay: 1. Polk County (Mariah Overholt, Izzy Jackson, Marissa Twitty, Olivia Overholt), 4:07.20
4×800-meter relay: 2. Polk County (Mariah Overholt, Tori Thompson, Izzy Jackson, Olivia Overholt), 10:31.71
Long jump: 8. Marissa Twitty, 16-0
Pole vault: 5. Tana Harris, 7-6; 8. Madison Geddings, 7-6

100-meter dash: 13. Mitchell Yoder, 11.37
200-meter dash: 7. Mitchell Yoder, 23.37
800-meter run: 7. Jack Derkach, 2:06.95
1600-meter run: 5. Caleb Potter, 4:43.23
3200-meter run: 7. Caleb Potter, 10:23.88
300-meter hurdles: 9. Jake Justice, 44.02
4×100-meter relay: 9. Polk County (Mitchell Yoder, Nate Henderson, Qualon Sutton, Gage McSwain), 45.65
4×400-meter relay: 6. Polk County (Chase Bishop, Braxton Edwards, Jake Justice, Jack Derkach), 3:36.10
4×800-meter relay: 3. Polk County (Caleb Potter, Matias Akers, Braxton Edwards, Jack Derkach), 8:31.03
Pole vault: 1. Jake Justice, 15-1 (state record)
Long jump: 6. Jake Justice, 20-11
Shot put: 6. Luke Sellers, 44-10

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