I believe I can touch the sky

Published 10:00 pm Monday, May 16, 2016

Clearing the pole vault bar easily is Polk County’s Landon White. (photos by Mark Schmerling)

Clearing the pole vault bar easily is Polk County’s Landon White. (photos by Mark Schmerling)

On the last lap of the 1,600-meter run, Polk County’s India Godlock found the reserve energy to pass at least two runners, to finish third, qualifying her for the state 2A track and field tournament, to be held this Saturday (May 21).

Godlock’s strong finish was one of the Wolverines’ many highlights at the May 14 2A West Regional track and field meet, hosted by Polk, who placed third among women’s teams, and fourth among men’s.

Twenty-six schools, and almost 500 athletes, competed.

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The Wolverines’ Sean Doyle ran anchor on the men’s winning 4×800-meter relay team (that also included Mitchell Brown, Jacob Wolfe and Nate Smart with a time of 8:22.33), finished second in the 1,600 (4:27.74, and first in the 800 meters (2:01.68).

Polk now has a new women’s shot put record (34-8.5), set on Saturday by Micheala Nelon, who bettered her own school mark by half an inch, and who placed fourth.

Top four finishers in each event qualified for the state tournament.

Polk’s other state qualifiers included Emma Wagoner (2nd in the triple jump—33-2), the women’s 4×800 relay team of Wagoner, Savannah Robbins, Mariah Overholt and Godlock (2nd place—10:00.24—just four seconds off the school record) the women’s 4×400-meter relay (that included Godlock and Wagoner, for another second-place finish at 4:18).

Polk’s Izzy Jackson placed second in the 400-meters (1:01.39) and Overholt third (1:02.32). Marissa Longshore was fourth in the long jump (15-9).

Polk was able to rack up points in the pole vault, with Troy Lieberman finishing second (13-0) and Jake Justice third (12-6).

In all, “it was a pretty good day, for everyone,” said Polk head coach Alan Peoples.