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NL boys, Lincoln Charter’s Bhalla win cross-country state titles

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North Lincoln’s men’s cross-country team celebrates its state championship. Pictured are (from left) coach Matt Reep, Jared Moore, Chris Boyle, Zach Wesson, Josh Mosteller, Andrew Fea, Ryan Shannon, Lee Johnson and coach Jerry Castro.

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Editor

Lincoln County runners brought home two state championships from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association cross-country meet in Kernersville on Saturday.
The North Lincoln men’s team took the 2A championship for the second year in a row. Lincoln Charter sophomore Sophia Bhalla ran the course in 18:53.94 to take the women’s 1A individual title.
North Lincoln’s Andrew Fea finished second overall in the 131-runner field of the 2A men’s race with a time of 16:09.84. Chris Boyle took the fourth overall spot for the Knights with a time of 16:17.38. Ryan Shannon and Josh Mosteller finished 12th and 13th respectively, and  Lee Johnson added 17 points with a 23rd-place finish to round out the Knights’ top scorers.
East Lincoln finished eighth in the 16-team standings. Mason Leach had the top finish for the Mustangs at 32nd with a time of 17:23.93. Will Krehnbrink finished 44th overall with a time of 17:40.67.
Maiden’s Corbin Boyles was the top individual finisher in the 2A men’s race with a time of 16:28.61 to take the fifth spot overall.
The North Lincoln women’s team took the third spot in the 16-team 2A women’s race. Allie Castro finished fifth overall with a time of 18:56.47. Caitlin Potter was the Lady Knights’ next-best finisher at 23rd overall at 20:08.78.
The Lady Knights’ finish marks the second year in a row that North Lincoln has finished in the top three in the 2A women’s race.
Lincolnton sophomore Jada Blake finished 24th in the women’s race with a time of 20:08.84. West Lincoln’s Kelsey Mosteller finished 35th with a time of 20:41.65.
Lincoln Charter finished second in the 1A women’s race with 83 points, behind Bishop McGuinness’s 58 points. Freshman Mara Bhalla finished 11th overall with a time of 20:15.52.

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