GREENSBORO – The 2A State Track & Field Championship Meet belonged to North Lincoln, specifically Angie Allen, as the Knights swept the Men’s and Women’s Team State Championships. Angie Allen was outstanding, winning three individual events for the Knights on the Women’s side.
North Lincoln needed all the points they could get from Allen to hold off Cummings in the Women’s team race, clipping the Cavaliers 69-64 in the team standings. Allen raced to victory in the 800 Meters with a time of 2:15.58. She added to her prowess in the 1600 Meter event, winning the event for the second straight State Meet, posting a time of 5:05.97 to best Katherine Hopkins from Lincolnton. Allen capped her meet with a victory in the 3200 Meters, crossing the line in 11:13.81 with a push from Patton’s Madison Clay who finished in 11:17.70.
Allen was only outdone in the Women’s Meet by Cummings’ Kendall Jordan who won all four events she participated in. Jordan jumped to victories in the Long Jump and Triple Jump, spanning 17’ 10.5” in the Long Jump and 38’ 4” in the Triple Jump. She also collected victories in both hurdle events, posting a winning time of 14.03 seconds in the 100 Meter Hurdles and 44.22 seconds in the 300 Meter Hurdles. Jordan was selected as the 2A Women’s Meet Most Outstanding Performer.
The North Lincoln Men were also pushed on the way to their team title, hanging on to a narrow 66-60 final margin over Lake Norman Charter, who finished second in the team standings. North Lincoln had two individual event champions. Ty Castro brought home the Shot Put for the Knights with a toss of 54’ 4.5” while teammate Jacob Scott rolled to a 9:41.16 victory in the 3200 Meters.
Lake Norman Charter was led by Blaise Atkinson who raced to four individual State Championships, winning the two shortest sprints and both hurdle events. Atkinson posted a time of 10.98 seconds in the 100 Meter Dash, sprinting to 22.15 seconds in the 200 Meters. He cleared the line in 14.34 seconds in the 110 Meter Hurdles and raced to 38.94 seconds in the 300 Meter Hurdles. Atkinson was named the 2A Men’s Meet Most Outstanding Performer.
Grant Howlett also collected a pair of individual event wins for Lake Norman Charter. He churned to a 4:21.65 win in the 1600 Meter Run and 1:53.78 in the 800 Meters. Ledford made a strong showing in the relay events as the Panthers collected wins in the 4 X 200 Meter Relay and the 4 X 400 Meter Relay. Blake Boyette, CJ Compton, Jacob Brown and Dalton Zimmerman powered the Panthers to a 1:30.25 in the 4 X 200 Meter event and the same quartet posted a 3:28.62 in the 4 X 400 Meters to bring home State Championships.
The NCHSAA promotes good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, and spectators across our state. To highlight our commitment to sportsmanship, the NCHSAA has partnered with NC Farm Bureau to honor two athletes at each NCHSAA State Championship event who have demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season with the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Awards. The 2021 2A Women’s Track & Field Sportsmanship Award Winners were Abby Lamoutte from North Lincoln and Tamesia Pinnix from Cummings. The 2A Men’s winners were Cole Wesson and Grant Howlett.