East Lincoln’s Frances Massey won silver in the 3,200-meter run and was Lincoln County’s top finisher at the NCHSAA 1A and 2A state track and field championship meets held at N.C. A&T University on Saturday.
Massey, a freshman who was seeded fourth, finished second after an eight-lap time of 11 minutes, 25.53 seconds. She was just over 10 seconds behind defending state champion Helen Morken, a junior from Carrboro who finished the event in 11:15.30.
Longtime Mustangs track and field coach Melvin Morrison said Massey called her second-place time in the 2A West regionals “subpar,” and made up for it on Saturday.
“She has a bright future ahead for she will only get better,” Morrison said. “She has great work ethics.”
Lincoln Charter competed in the 1A state championships on Friday, and its top female finisher was sophomore Taylor Hughes, who finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run. She ran a time of 5:42.41.
East Lincoln senior Taylor Parks, who finished second in the regionals, finished 12th in the state discus competition with a distance of 81 feet, 1 inch. Its girls 4-by-800-meter relay team placed fourth. Made up of Shelbee Knopf, Meagan Rowles, Elizabeth Sisk and Madison Rowles, the quartet had a season-best time of 10:14.37, Morrison said. Knopf also competed in the 800-meter run and finished 10th at 2:33.41.
Rounding out Lincoln Charter’s female participants, Christina Famulari finished 14th in the shot put at a distance of 29 feet, 10.75 inches. Its 4-by-800-meter relay team of Kyndall Morrow, Hannah Martin, Anna Cunningham and Taylor Hughes finished sixth at 10:44.22, and its 4-by-400-meter relay team of Morrow, Cunningham, Halla Jackson and Cynthia Perez finished sixth at 4:26.37.
West Lincoln’s Keeley Norman and Noel Self competed in the 100-meter hurdles events but did reach the finals.
The county’s top male performer was Lincolnton’s Quinlyn Harris, who placed ninth in the 2A high jump at 6 feet, 1 inch.
Lincolnton’s Tyron Roberts finished 13th in the shot put at 44 feet, 2 inches. Tyshawn Smith competed in the 100-meter dash but did not qualify for the finals, and its 4-by-100-meter relay team was disqualified.
East Lincoln’s Tyler Mispley and Samuel Krehnbrink finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 400-meter dash. There times were 51.97 seconds and 52.17 seconds. Its 4-by-400-meter relay team of Nick Quigley, Houston Rust, Garrett Reavis and Brett Shanklin finished 16th at 3:39.73.
Lincoln Charter’s 4-by-800-meter relay team of Daniel Fricker, Coll McCranie, Peyton Williams and Caylon Nagy finished 13th at 9:06.28.
3A MIDWEST REGIONALS
North Lincoln had three individuals win 3A Midwest regional titles at the regional meet held at Marvin Ridge High on Saturday.
Seniors Caitlin Potter, Andrew Fea and Ryan Shannon –– all who have signed to run at the Division I level next school year –– won their respective regional event and qualified for this Friday’s state 3A championship meet at N.C. A&T.
The top four in each event qualify for the state championships.
Potter, who has signed with the University of South Carolina, won the 800-meter girls run at 2:20.07. Shannon, who has signed with Appalachian State, won the 3,200-meter boys run at 9:30.09.
Fea, who has signed with Wake Forest, won two regional titles –– the 1,600-meter run at 4:25.16 and the 800-meter run at 2:00.41.
Allie Castro, who has signed with Georgia, finished second in the 1,600-meter run at 5:16.11 and second in the 3,200-meter run at 11:36.26. Lyndsi Pound finished third in the 300-meter hurdles at 48.12.
Chase Stehling, a Western Carolina football and track and field signee, finished fourth in the shot put at 49-04.50.
Zach Wesson will join Fea Friday in the 1,600-meter run. The junior finished fourth at 4:30.91.