June 5, 2023 5:12 pm

Warren freshman Lilly Newton raced to a 1:01.24 time in the 400 meters, which was very good for 24th spot at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association track &amp field championships on Friday in Shippensburg.
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SHIPPENSBURG — Lilly Newton didn’t attain her aim of breaking Warren’s college record in the 400 meters at Friday’s PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University. The most effective aspect about getting a freshman competing at states, she has 3 extra seasons to attempt.

Just after finishing second in the 400 at 1:00.03 at the District ten meet, Newton was 24th in the state in 1:01.24 on Friday at the PIAA 2A meet at Seth Grove Stadium.

The prime eight in Friday’s preliminaries sophisticated to Saturday’s 400-meter finals, as a result ending Newton’s season.

“She had a excellent year, but the most effective is however to come,” mentioned Warren coach Kevin Dustin.

“This was a excellent understanding knowledge for Lilly,” he mentioned. “As a freshman to make it to states and be so close to the college record is a excellent commence to her Warren track profession. She can take a lot away from currently to be ready for subsequent season. She has some massive expectations for herself and from her coaches that she is prepared to operate toward.”

Newton’s week began with the WAHS college record-holder from 1991 (Melodie Stull Beckerink, 59.five seconds) urging her on for states.

“She messaged Lilly… It was so sweet!” mentioned Lilly’s mother, Kelly.

“All about, the power was pretty fascinating and, even although I didn’t have the most effective race, getting a freshman at states was seriously cool,” mentioned Lilly on Friday evening. “I had lots of assistance from persons at residence and from other people that even came to watch as nicely. It was enjoyable and I’m hoping to come back subsequent year.”

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