Lake Norman & Mooresville

All-Lake Norman indoor track teams

For many high school track athletes, their sport is always in season - from cross country in the summer and fall to indoor track in the winter to outdoor in the spring and summer.

Some standouts also compete in other sports, like basketball and football, and double as runners and jumpers.

But no matter where they come from, every athlete wants to able to run the fastest or jump the highest or farthest.

For last few months, athletes from around the Lake Norman area have competed to see who could do just that.

Lake Norman indoor track boys' coach of the year: Brad Baker, Mooresville

Brad Baker expects his runner and jumpers to live up to the championship tradition established by Mooresville cross country and track teams earlier this decade.

While they didn't win a championship, the Blue Devil boys finished the best of among local teams, ranking 25th in the state meet with two athletes finishing in the top six in the state.

Lake Norman indoor track boys' athlete of the year: Tyler Bell, Mooresville

When Tyler Bell got to Mooresville High four years ago, Brad Baker immediately saw potential.

But after moderate success for most of the first three seasons as a Blue Devil, Bell is finally coming into his own as a senior.

Bell not only finished sixth in the triple jump at the state meet but also qualified for the state meet in the 55-meter hurdles.

Bell also set personal-records this indoor season with a 44-6.25 in the triple jump and a 8.04 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles.

All-Lake Norman indoor track boys' team

55-meter dash - Chris Thompson (North Meck) and Jordan Brown (Davidson Day): Both running backs double as track stars. Thompson ran an area-best 6.34 seconds and finished sixth at states with a 6.63 time, but Brown beat Thompson head-to-head earlier this month with 6.50.

300-meter dash - Nicholas Lawson (North Meck): Freshman is among area's best with a season-best 36.73 earlier this month.

500-meter run - Michael Parkins (North Meck): Sophomore is another part of up-and-coming team as he finished fifth at states with a 1:07.29.

1,000-meter run - Michael Rupinski (Lake Norman): Wildcats' standout distance runner finished 25th at states (2:51.40).

1,600-meter run - German Perez (North Lincoln): Cross-country standout also excelled indoor, finishing 14th at states in the mile (4:43.40).

3,200-meter run - Patrick Sheehan (Lake Norman): Another distance star for the Wildcats, finished 19th at states (10:04.77)

55-meter hurdles - Kevin Little (South Iredell): Vikings' speedster finished ninth at state preliminaries (8.47) to just miss chance at finals, also had 8.04 run this year.

4 x 400-meter relay - Lawson, Parkins, Jaiquan Manning, Rashaan Williams, Thompson (North Meck): No matter how your organize them, Viking quintet was strong.

4 x 800-meter relay - Perez, Ryan Shannon, Chris Boyle, Andrew Fea (North Lincoln): Talented Knight quartet qualified for states but didn't run there after Shannon went down with an injury.

Long Jump - Alex Turner (Lake Norman): Wildcat had a personal-best 20-6 in the JDL Fast Track Invitational earlier this month.

Triple Jump - Tyler Bel l (Mooresville): Senior finished sixth at states, also qualified in 55-meter hurdles.

High Jump - Kendrick Johnson (Mooresville): Blue Devil basketball standout found time to finish fourth at state meet (6-2).

Shot Put - Chase Stehling (North Lincoln): Knight threw a personal-best 44-10 at the JDL Fast Track Invitational.

Lake Norman indoor track girls' coach of the year: Matthew Reep, North Lincoln

Matthew Reep and his North Lincoln track program expect to compete at a high level every time they run.

This season, the Knights girls did just that, finishing 15th as a team in the state.

The North Lincoln girls, who were the state runners-up in cross-country, continued their success into the winter.

"Our indoor season is a direct reflection of the our cross country success," Reep said. "We transitioned a lot better from cross country this year and I think it showed at states."

Lake Norman News indoor track girls' athlete of the year: Allie Castro, North Lincoln

Allie Castro came into the indoor track season expecting big things. The North Lincoln sophomore finished as an all-state performer in two events: the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

Castro, who also qualified for the 1,000-meter run at states, finished third at states in the mile with personal-best 5:18.67 and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the 2-mile.

This all came on the heels of a sixth-place finish at the state cross country meet last fall.

All-Lake Norman News indoor track girls' team

55-meter dash - Sabrina Moore (North Meck): Junior finished third in the states in 7.09 seconds.

300-meter dash - Moore (North Meck): Viking also strong in event with 16th-place finish at states (43.18).

500-meter run - Melissa Helms (North Meck): Senior finished 13th at states with 1:21.11.

1,000-meter run - Taylor Sweet (Lake Norman): Cross-country standout also showed she can hang indoors, finishing 24th at states.

1,600-meter run - Allie Castro (North Lincoln): Sophomore ran a personal-best 5:18.67 to finish third at states.

3,200-meter run - Castro (North Lincoln): She also earned all-state honors after fifth-place finish (11:44.19).

55-meter hurdles - Helms (North Meck): She qualified for states but didn't make it past preliminaries.

4 x 400-meter relay - Trikeria Johnson, Jhantanah Thomas, Jenna Parker, Helms (North Meck): Viking quartet finished 12th at state meet with 4:17.85.

4 x 800-meter relay - Caitlin Potter, Morgan Ellis, Kayla Harrison, Savannah Fornshell (North Lincoln): Knights' relay team finished ninth at states with 10:41.16.

Long jump - Miracle Campbell (South Iredell): Junior set personal record with 15-01.25 in Jan. 28 meet.

Triple Jump - Nicole Lawson (North Meck): Freshman got better and better with personal-record 32-9 at last meet of season.

Pole Vault - Elizabeth Rodes (Mooresville): Blue Devil was fifth at states with 10-06.00.

Shot Put - Lacy Miller (North Lincoln): Knight has made big progress in her event with a recent 28-10.

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