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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglasville native Nicole Fegans, a senior at Landmark Christian, did the 1,600-meters in four minutes, 58.01 seconds to win the Region 5-A championship.

The pressure is finally off.

Nicole Fegans finally went under five minutes in the 1,600-meters to remain in elite company with several other talent runners around the country.

The Douglasville native and Landmark Christian senior went four minutes, 58.01 seconds in the event at the Region 5-A Track and Field Championships on Tuesday at Strong Rock Christian School.

“I was looking at the clock as I crossed the finish line,” Fegans said. “It was such a big rely. It felt like a money was definitely off my back.”

With her first place finish and personal-best time, Fegans qualifies for next month’s state meet at Berry College in Rome. Fegans will run the 3,200 on Thursday.

She teamed with fellow Douglasville native Sarah Foreman to help the War Eagles’ 1,600 relay team qualify for the state meet.

Foreman, a junior, went 2:27.8 to finish second in the 800 to qualify for Thursday’s finals in the region.

Fegans and her younger sister, Erin, a freshman at Landmark, will both compete in the 3,200.

Nicole said that she is confident that she can do well in the 3,200 and put up a good time.

“This race has definitely given me confidence,” Fegans said. “I’m definitely really excited about Thursday.”

Not only is she excited about racing but competing with her sister.

“If we both make it to state, it will be our last two races together,” Fegans said. “It is going to be pretty fun.”

The 1,600 time currently ranks her No. 1 in the state with that time. Fegans had been trying all season to get under five minutes.

“I’ve been checking to see what others have been doing,” she said. “This comes as a big rely.”

Said Landmark Christian coach Bill Thorn: “She is an amazing young lady. She has overcome with a lot of adversity with an injury. Nothing in her says quit.”

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