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Wiley qualifies for State Finals in two events

CHAMPION: Freshman Addy Wiley strides toward the finish line in her 1,600 meter victory at Indiana Wesleyan University during the Marion Girls Track and Field Regional on Tuesday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

Freshman Addy Wiley stole the show for Huntington North at the Marion Girls Track and Field Regional meet on Tuesday evening, qualifying for the State Finals in a pair of events.

Wiley punched her tickets to Bloomington, Indiana, in the 1,600 meter run and the 800 meter run, highlighting the Viking contingent that competed in a total of nine events.

Wiley took the Regional crown in the 1,600 meter run with a winning time of 4:55.19, holding off Carroll’s Zoe Duffus, who finished second just 0.76 seconds off Wiley’s victorious pace. Wiley’s time placed second all-time in Huntington North history.

The duo also went head-to-head in the 800 meter run. While Homestead’s Julia Dvorak cruised to a 2:13.42 win, it would be Duffus besting Wiley by 0.37 seconds, placing Wiley third in the event with a time of 2:18.47.

“Addy did a great job of executing her goals coming into the meet,” said coach Matthew Ditzler. “The 1,600 was a personal-best by over 12 seconds and her 800 meter time places her in the fast heat at the State Finals. There (are) only 45 minutes between races at the Regional and, for her first Regional experience, she handled herself very well both physically and mentally.”

The Vikings accumulated four more top-eight finishes at the meet with a pair of field events and two relays.

Sophomore Preslee Williams scored a sixth-place outcome in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, while senior Veronika Russell ended her Huntington North career by placing seventh in the pole vault with a height of nine feet.

The Vikings’ 4x400 meter relay team, consisting of freshman Regan Slagel, senior Brooke Goodrich, Wiley and junior Meg McDonald, finished in eighth place with a time of 4:20.20, while senior Kyler Hoopingarner, sophomore Adalyn Harvey, junior Kendyl Coles and senior Alena Miller followed suit in the 4x800 meter relay by clocking in at 10:17.28.

Huntington North’s performance was rounded out by Goodrich snagging 10th in the 400 meter dash (1:02.92), sophomore Hanna Whitney earning 10th in the 1,600 meter run (5:36.85) and the 4x100 meter relay team of sophomores Grae Gross and Lily Clanin, senior Peyton Dorsett and Williams placing 14th (53.17 seconds).

“At this level of competition, it takes skill and a little luck and unfortunately we ran short on the latter in a some of the events we were hoping to qualify in,” Ditzler said. “Our 4x400 was well-positioned until we were bumped into the rail and our runner turned her ankle. It’s a tough way to end the season for a lot of our kids, but there are so many positives we can take away from the entire season as a whole. … It was a bittersweet Regional performance all around.”

Wiley will represent the Vikings at the State Finals on Saturday, June 1.