The East Lincoln Mustangs topped their perfect season off winning the Big South 3A Championship recently.
The Mustangs squeaked by Ashbrook 126-124. East Gaston came in third with 73 points, Hunter Huss came in fourth with 65 and Berry Academy came in fifth with 59.
Mustangs head coach Melvin Morrison, a former standout for Lincolnton, was named coach of the year.
â€œThe team ran great and placing well in every event was the reason,â€ he said.
In the coachâ€™s eyes, the victory came down to two events: the 3200 meter run and the 1600 meter relay.
Brad Popple placed second in the 3200 (10:15.93), while the 1600 relay team posted a time of 3:39.99 to seal the victory.
Sprinter Dante Roseboro was named Big South 3A Runner of the Year. Roseboro won the 100 meter dash (10.58), the 200 meters (22.32) and anchored the 400 meter relay team which finished second.
The Mustangs finished 32-0 on the season, the best in school history.
The Lady Mustangs also completed a successful season finishing fourth in the conference with 73 points.
Toree Roseboro was runner-up for the Runner of the Year award. She won the 100 meter dash (12.31), 200 meters (25.98) and was the anchor for the victorious 400 meter relay team.
The Lady Mustangs finish 21-11 on the season.
Morrison is very pleased with the season that Dante has put together.
â€œHe has had a super season. Heâ€™s been undefeated in the 100 and the 200. Heâ€™s had the second fastest time in the state. I think he has a good shot of doing exceptionally well at the state,â€ he said.
Morrison was very proud of Toree Roseboro who had the same accomplishment as Dante.
â€œArguably, she should have gotten runner of the year in the conference. Sheâ€™s been undefeated in the 100 and 200. I can see her in the top two in the state,â€ he said.
Morrison believed the reason for the Mustangsâ€™ run of success is a testament to his kids.
â€œThey are very dedicated this year. They bought into my system and believed in it from day one. I told them the importance of buying into my system in practice and they did that,â€ he said.by John Mark Brooks