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Wiley set for Nationals meet

800: Huntington North freshman Addy Wiley, who earned All-State honors after placing seventh in the 800 meter run at the State Finals, will compete in the event at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, later this week.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

Huntington North girls track and field freshman Addy Wiley is set to continue her historic season later this week at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet, held in Greensboro, North Carolina, from June 13 through 16.

According to coach Matt Ditzler, Wiley made the decision to compete in the Nationals meet on June 2, fresh off taking home the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls Track and Field state championship in the 1,600 meter run in Bloomington, Indiana, on June 1.

However, despite her historic state championship performance in the 1,600 meter run, Wiley is opting to compete in the 800 meter run instead.

“We have had a lot of people ask us why not do the 1,600 at Nationals,” Ditzler said. “After talking with Addy, we both felt that her 1,600 could not have finished any better this year. That was our focus and she achieved everything she wanted to achieve and more. The book felt closed after (winning the state championship). That being said, we both felt there was some unfinished business with the 800. Addy has always had to run the 800 after her 1,600 and we agreed that we wanted to see what she could do if she was fresh against good competition. This is the perfect meet to do that.”

Wiley is no stranger to having success in the 800 meter run, as she followed up her state championship in the 1,600 meter run with an All-State finish in the 800 meter run roughly an hour later, placing seventh with a time of 2:13.26.

Ditzler stated his and Wiley’s hope for the Nationals meet is to gain experience and put Wiley in a position to record a personal-record time in the 800 meter run. Ditzler also noted how special of an opportunity competing on a national stage is.

“This is a cool way for her to finish out the season,” Ditzler said. “Coming into this year, this was never on our radar. But, as the season progressed, I knew I needed to start looking for more challenging experiences for Addy. This is one way for her to test herself against the best out there and see what she can do. I’m excited she has this opportunity. … Addy has continued to have great workouts and preparation and is well positioned to run a personal record in the right conditions. But, regardless of the outcome, the experience of qualifying for a national meet gives Addy a chance to see elite runners compete from around the entire United States. It will be an experience I am sure she will never forget.”

As of deadline, Wiley’s placement in the 800 meter run at the Nationals meet had yet to be determined. However, Ditzler and Wiley are hopeful she will be placed into one of the fast sections given her recent times recorded in both the 800 meter run and 1,600 meter run.

According to the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation, who co-hosts the event with New Balance, an estimated 5,000 athletes are expected to be in attendance for the meet from all over the United States, Canada and other countries.

Results from the Nationals meet will be kept online at nationalscholatic.org.