Wolverine runners deliver winning efforts at WHKP Relays

Competing against a field that included most of the area’s largest high schools, Polk County still brought home several top finishes from Thursday’s WHKP Relays in Hendersonville.

Competing at North Henderson, the Wolverines battled a field that included all Henderson County schools as well as Asheville, A.C. Reynolds, T.C. Roberson and Chase.

Polk placed seventh in the girls team standings, with the Wolverine boys placing sixth. Full results

But there were numerous bright spots for Polk. Olivia Overholt won the 400-meter run with the fastest time of her career, a 1:00.75. Her sister, Sophia, placed second in the event.

Polk’s 4×400-meter relay squad took second to Reynolds with a time of 4:17.32 while the Wolverines’ 4×800-meter team of Kinsley Huskey, Lindsey Jenkins, Tori Thompson and Mia Bradley won the race with a time of 10:36.07, topping West Henderson and Reynolds.

Braxton Edwards won the boys 400 meters, his time of 52.28 a personal best that also surpassed the 2A West Regional qualifying standard, while the Wolverine boys won the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:33.10, that mark the second best for any state 2A team this season.

Polk’s Nathaniel Rhein delivered two top-three efforts in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

Polk County will play host Saturday to the inaugural J. Alan Peoples Invitational. The meet will feature a number of area schools, with Grimsley High from Greensboro also scheduled to compete. Grimsley is coached by former Polk County standout Seth Peoples, the son of Polk County head coach and meet namesake Alan Peoples.