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.