So far this season North Lincoln and First Flight have been two of the best NCHSAA 2A programs the states seen. North Lincoln currently ranks #8 in North Carolina while First Flight ranks 11th. We've seen a good bit of North Lincoln this season, but this will be the first time we've seen First Flight against a strong field this season. The two teams head to the state meet course at Ivey Redmon tomorrow where we'll see a 2A State Meet Preview at NCRunners Elite.
|8||North Lincoln (NC)||436|
|1) Jason Thomson||15:55.82||25|
|2) Johnny Grant||16:24.45||64|
|3) Brian Risse||16:31.27||76|
|4) Khari Johnson||16:52.43||131|
|5) Miles Phillips||16:55.47||140|
|Average Time: 16:31.89 Total Time: 1:22:39.44 1-5 Split: 59.65|
|6) Alec Nguyen||17:01.21||166|
|7) Jason Risse||17:06.81||185|
|11||First Flight (NC)||518|
|1) Zach Hughes||15:49.00||14|
|2) Tyler Sylvia||16:07.00||41|
|3) Joseph Davidson||16:21.00||56|
|4) Warner Campbell||16:43.00||99|
|5) Max Bowlin||17:34.00||308|
|Average Time: 16:30.80 Total Time: 1:22:34.00 1-5 Split: 1:45.00|
|6) Aidan May||17:41.00||336|
|7) Sean Stultz||18:46.00||667|
The teams rarely face off prior to the state meet as they're located nearly 6 hours apart as First Flight is one of the most eastern schools in North Carolina out in Kill Devil Hills.
North Lincoln edged First Flight last year at the NCHSAA State Championships with a score of 58 to 69, and the battle looks to be as intense, if not more, as we head into championship season.
Heading into the meet it looks close for both schools through 4 runners. The battle will come down to if First Flight will be able to have a strong day from their 5th man.
Both teams could have athletes compete in the Frosh/Soph race instead of the Championship, so could have to wait for a full meet merge after the fact to see who is the favorite heading into the state meet.
There's going to be a lot of fun things to watch tomorrow, but we're certainly most excited to see this team battle between two 2A powerhouses.