Polk’s records fall and relay sweep at indoor track meet

Published 10:00 pm Friday, January 30, 2015


The Polar Bear “Indoor” Track Meet at Polk County High School Wednesday, Jan. 28 saw many school records fall and team placement came down to the wire. Both Wolverine squads would take runner-up to TC Roberson High; the boy’s team was edged by one point.

Two Polk school records fell in the 4×800 meter relays. The 10:35.56 winning time from Emily Kocher, Savannah Robbins, Emma Wagoner, Alli Swope crushed the 2012-13 record of 10:41.2 set by Casey McDowell, Rebecca Elliott, Caitlin Wolfe and Autumn Miller.

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Minutes later the men’s team made up of Sean Doyle, Mitchell Brown, Eli Hall, and Caleb Brown dominated the field to win in 8:25.01, lowering the 2014-2015 record of 8:26.14 set by Doyle, M. Brown, Jacob Wolfe and C. Brown a few weeks ago.

The 2014-2015 Polk men’s 4×800 relay is currently ranked first in 2A state standings. The 4×200 relay (Doyle, Wolfe, Smith, Smart) had a decisive victory in 1:35.78, but missed state qualifying by .54 of a second. The 4×400 Relay (Doyle, Wolfe, Hall, C. Brown) won with a 3:37.80, completing a clean sweep in men’s relay events.

For the Wolverine runners, Jacob Wolfe was the only Polk male individual winner. Wolfe took the 1,000 meter win in 2:44.80.

Sean Doyle state qualified in the 300 meter placing second in 37.24. Doyle has now met state qualifying standards in the 300, 1,000, 1,600, 3,200, and is a member of both qualified 4×800 and 4×400 relays.

Nate Smart set a personal record in the 500 1:09.80 placing third, followed by teammates Caleb Brown (1:10.10) fourth, and Eli Hall (1:11.40) sixth.  Tanner Garret ran 7.42 and Chase Underwood 7.59 in the 55 dash.

For the Lady Wolverine runners, Hanna O’Brien set a new school record and personal record 9.25 in the 55 meter adaptive dash and set a school record and PR in the 300 meter adaptive dash in 57.94.

SPORTS Girls 4x800 record

Emily Kocher took fifth in the women’s 1,000 meter (3:25.30), Selena Chavez placed sixth in the 3,200 (13:52), 4×200 relay (Jennifer Griffin, Joy Shanahan, Ashton Capozzi, Haven Dufford) took sixth in 2:09.26, 4×400 (Robbins, Kocher, Swope, Lynch) placed fourth in 4:38.60.  Robbins took fourth in the 500 (1:27.41) and Wagoner took seventh (1:32.53).

In field events for the men Jordan Smith qualified for state in men’s long jump (19-7) and finished second overall. Alex Leake placed fourth in shot with a throw of 35-9. Caleb Brown cleared 7-0 in pole vault placing sixth.

In field events for the women, Addie Lynch set a school record and PR in women’s long jump with 14-10, previously held by teammate Wagoner (13-10). Lynch took second place and Wagoner fourth in the event. Wagoner also scored in the triple jump.

Tameeia Brown placed second (30-06), Michaela Nelon third (28-11) in shot put. Anamarie Gunderson cleared 6-0 in women’s pole vault placing sixth.

The Wolverines will compete at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem Feb. 6 and 7 and the 1A/2A State Championships will be at the same venue Friday, Feb. 13 beginning at 4 p.m.


— Submitted by Jenny Wolfe