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Knights’ Fea wins state title


After dominating the 2A long-distance running scene, North Lincoln left its first state 3A cross country championship last fall disappointed it didn’t win a third straight boys state title.
Andrew Fea put the Knights back among the list of champions.
The senior won an individual title in the 1,600-meter run on Friday at the NCHSAA 3A indoor track and field state championships in Winston-Salem.
Fea, who finished third individually last fall in the Knights’ first year competing in the 3A cross country championships, finished his 1,600 meters in 4:28.62, beating out the second place finisher by nearly two full seconds.
Fea’s gold medal was the only one won by North Lincoln, and is its first state title in the sport. Its girls finished 12th and its boys finished fourth overall.
Fea also finished third in the 1,000-meter run, and fellow senior Ryan Shannon, who signed to run cross country and track and Appalachian State last week, won silver with a second place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
Senior Caitlin Potter wrapped up her prep indoor track career by finishing third in the 1,000-meter girls run. She was North Lincoln’s top female finisher.
Other girls finishers were: Lyndsi Pound, high jump, eighth, 4-feet, 10-inches; Madison Lynch, ninth, 1,000-meter run, 3:19.77; Allie Castro, fourth, 3,200-meter run, 11:23.45; Madeline Sides, 14th, 3,200-meter run, 12:07.54.
Other boys finishers were: Chase Stehling, shot put, fourth, 52-05.25; Zach Wesson, seventh, 1,600-meter run, 4:36.25; Wesson, fifth, 1,000-meter run, 2:43.99; Fea, seventh, 3,200-meter run, 9:54.00.

KNIGHTS COMPETE IN SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS: North Lincoln also competed in the state 3A swimming championships on Saturday.
Its boys team finished 13th and its girls team came in 19th. McKenzie Weed finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard freestyle .
Bennett McDonald finished eighth in the 50-free and sixth in the 100-free. Cody Marik finished the 500-free in 15th place.
The Knights’ boys 200-free relay team finished 12th, and their 400-free relay team came in ninth.

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