GREENSBORO – The North Lincoln Knights track and field team claimed the 2A Men’s Team State Championship May 17 at North Carolina A&T University.
The state championship is the first for North Lincoln in track and field, and it was won with relative ease, as the Knights outscored second-place Croatan 76.5-57 to claim victory.
The Knights were led by three individual state champions, including junior Jake Soorus, who won both throwing events in the field competition. Soorus tossed the shot put 56 feet, 6.5 inches to earn his first state championship, and followed that up by throwing the discus nearly 176 feet to add another. He also placed seventh in the long jump.
North Lincoln also dominated the distance races, which should come as no surprise as the Knights’ cross-country team has won back-to-back state titles. Jason Thomson took first in the 1,600-meter run for the Knights with a time of 4:22.07, and teammate Brian Reese finished first in the 3,200, crossing the finish line in 9:30.59.
Joining Thomson in the 1,600 were Johnny Grant and Khari Johnson, who finished third and seventh, respectively, while Miles Phillips joined Reese in the 3,200 with a sixth-place finish. Thomson, Grant and Jason Reese finished fourth, fifth and sixth, in that order, in the 800.
Other notable performers for the North Lincoln men's team included Jalen Ward, who finished 14th in the 200 and fourth in the 400, and Landon Beard, who placed 15th in the discus and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The North Lincoln women’s team also enjoyed its share of success, finishing fourth overall as a team behind some strong individual performances.
Sophomore Angie Allen led the way for the Lady Knights, winning the state championship in the 1,600 with a time of 5:10.87, and placing second in the 3,200 after crossing the line in 11:52.90. Joining her in those races was junior Alyssa Galvin, who placed sixth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200.
Sophomore Ania Mayner represented North Lincoln in the sprints, finishing 12th in the 200 and sixth in the 400. Senior Olivia Correa placed fifth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.