Polk County earned seventh place in the final Wells Fargo Cup standings for state 1A schools.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, released earlier this week the final standings in the 40th annual Wells Fargo Cup competitions for the 2018-19 academic year. The award recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications.
Community School of Davidson won the race for the Cup in the 1A classification, edging Pine Lake Prep by 47.5 points. The Spartans secured a state championship in men’s golf and were the top 1A finisher in the men’s lacrosse playoffs. Community School of Davidson finished as the state runners-up in men’s soccer, and the Spartans were solid across many sports, earning points in men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s indoor track, men’s and women’s swimming.
Polk County was one of three public schools to place in the top 10, trailing East Surry (third overall) and Murphy (fifth). The Wolverines had top-eight finishes in outdoor track, volleyball, football and boys soccer. Polk County also picked up points in the state 2A/1A indoor track championships for its finish compared to other 1A schools.
Wells Fargo Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wells Fargo Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in its own classification. If fewer than eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the Cup points.
Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, 35 for fourth, 30 for fifth, 25 for sixth, 20 for seventh and 15 for eighth. In the event of a tie, the schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings. Five points are awarded for each sanctioned sport in which a school competes.
1A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings
1 – Community School of Davidson – 447.5
2 – Pine Lake Preparatory – 400
3 – East Surry – 382.5
4 – Franklin Academy – 377.5
5 – Murphy – 372.5
6 – Raleigh Charter – 370
7 – Polk County – 365
8 – Bishop McGuinness – 350
9 – Research Triangle – 340
10 – Lincoln Charter – 307.5