Sophomore Sophia Bhalla of Lincoln Charter won the 1-A women’s individual title Saturday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state cross country championships.
Bhalla traveled the 5K course at Beeson Park in Kernersville in 18:53.94 to take the crown, almost 25 seconds ahead of freshman Hannah Zenkler of Franklin Academy.
In addition to winning the individual title, Bhalla led Lincoln Charter to a second-place finish in the team race with 83 points. Bishop McGinness won the team 1-A championship by placing five runners in the top 20 scoring spots for 53 points. Defending state Lake Norman Charter placed third with 91 points.
Freshman Mara Bhalla of Lincoln Charter placed 11th in the field of 128 runners, and Christie Rhames finished 30th.