Outdoor track and field season began Friday for Polk County on a rather positive note.
First race of the spring, the girls 4×800-meter relay at the Tony Waldrop Invitational. Polk’s quartet of Karsyn Huskey, Kinsley Huskey, Tori Thompson and Olivia Overholt held off West Henderson for a win in 10:27.23.
That time qualified the Wolverines for May’s 2A West Regional, and for context, would have been the fifth-fastest time at June’s 2A state championship meet.
Pretty good way to start a season.
Indeed, Friday’s meet fared rather well for Polk, with the girls finishing fourth in the eight-team field and its boys second in a nine-team field, trailing only West Henderson.
Overholt also tossed out a 1:02.68 to win the 400-meter run and qualify for the regional meet. Bryce Jergenson outran teammate Cole Pereira to win the boys 400 meters, his time of 53.34 also a regional-qualifying effort.
The Wolverine girls also won the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:26.44 and Nathaniel Rhein added another win in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.18.
One other Polk athlete qualified for regional competition – Lindsey Jenkins, who took fourth in the 800 meters with a qualifying time of 2:34.56.
All in all, a great start to the spring campaign for Polk track and field. The Wolverines will be back in action next Friday, again in G.M. Tennant Stadium, hosting the Wolverine Co-Ed meet.