Polk speedsters shine at 1A West Regional track and field meet

Published 11:09 am Monday, May 13, 2024

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Polk County’s track and field team delivered a record-setting performance and earned a handful of state championship berths Saturday.

The Wolverines’ efforts at Saturday’s 1A West Regional at Montreat College qualified three relay teams and three individuals for next week’s state 1A championship meet.

Polk’s 4×200-meter boys relay team clocked a time of 1:32.50, finishing second in the event and lowering the school record they set earlier this year. The Wolverines also posted a 43.83 in the 4×100 relay, just six-hundredths of a second off the school record set in 1999.

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Polk’s Karsyn Huskey accomplished one of the fastest 800-meter runs in school history, taking third in 2:17.24. That’s just more than a second off Karen Godlock’s record of 2:16.09 set in 1993 and a faster time than Olivia Overholt ran in 2022 when she won the state 2A title.

Other Polk County state qualifiers included:


  • Antonio Simpson, who finished third in the 100-meter dash in 11.18, just a tenth of a second behind winner Javon Boyd of Mountain Island Charter.
  • Polk’s girls 4×400-meter relay team, which finished third in 4:12.19.
  • Akeela Cunningham, who took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 31-7.
  • Swain won the girls team title, with Polk County placing 10th, while Mountain Island Charter claimed the boys crown, with the Wolverine boys finishing 8th.


The state 1A meet is set for Saturday, May 18, at Marcus T. Johnson Track at North Carolina A&T University.