Girls 1600m Heat 2
Whatever high the East Hamilton girls distance program was on after finishing third this fall at the Cross Country State Championships they're still on it. On Saturday their top two finishers from November, Willa Barnes and Ashlyn Shell, finished first and second overall in the girls 1600m both crossing the finish line in 5:33 and change with Barnes slightly edging Shell for the win. For Barnes, who finished 6th last year the East Region meet in the event, it was an 8 second PR from her best time last season. For Shell it was 36 seconds better. In the East Region it'll be tough for either of the girls to grab one of the auto-qualifiers with the likes of Arrington and Richards also in the region but a performance like this in their debut in trainers puts the at-larges within reach. With Shell doubling back in the 800m at 2:32, the path to the podium as a team in a 4x800 is there as well considering 10:11 won the event last season.