It was a banner day for Lincoln County distance runners at the cross country state championships in Kernersville Saturday.
The North Lincoln Knights stole the show at the 2A meet in the afternoon, boasting the men’s and women’s individual state champion, with the men’s team also taking home the hardward for the third consecutive year.
North Lincoln senior Jason Thomson is the men’s 2A state champion after setting a new meet record by crossing the finish line with a time of 15:40.66, breaking the previous mark that was set in 1996. Thompson is the first Knights’ runner to win an individual cross country state championship.
North Lincoln placed two other runners in the top 10 in Jacob Scott and Miles Phillips, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively, while Khari Johnson and Alex Wulfhorst finished 16th and 17th. The team title is the fifth overall for the North Lincoln cross country program.
Junior Angie Allen matched Thomson on the women’s side, winning the women’s 2A state championship with a time of 18:42.23 to win the school’s first state championship of any kind in women’s cross country. Her teammate, senior Alyssa Galvin, finished second with a time of 18:53.91.
For the second consecutive year, the Lady Knights came up just short of the team title, falling to a Carrboro squad that placed five runners in the top 15.
Earlier in the day, the Lincoln Charter Eagles men’s team won its second consecutive 1A state championship.
Senior Drew Zink led the way for the Eagles, finishing second for the second consecutive year with a time of 16:30.27. Cutter Law and Patrick Rice also earned top 10 finishes for the Eagles, crossing the line seventh and ninth, respectively, while Jonas Guffey and Matthew Radin each finished in the top 20.
The Lady Eagles finished third as a team, led by sophomore Katie Elliott, who finished 12th, and senior Emma Lasarsky, who finished 24th.