Lily Saul of Montoursville wins 2 events, Jillian Irion wins hurdles as Warriors take 2nd place at Lock Haven HS Classic | News, Sports, Jobs
LOCK HAVEN — After crossing the 400m finish line, Montoursville senior Lily Saul quickly turned her head to the left, looking over her shoulder to watch the competition. If Saul checked how close the race was, she would have noticed that no one was nearby.
The Montoursville speedster crossed the finish line in 58.15 seconds, the only runner to break a minute, to secure victory, beating the second best runner by around three seconds to win the 400.
It was a solid day for Saul, who later in the afternoon also took a victory in the 800m with a time of 2:20.98 on Saturday at the Lock Haven High School Classic. The Warriors took second place in the team race.
“I knew going in that I would have good competition. I just came out of an invite to Shippensburg and raced a 57″, said Saul. “I wanted to match that but I knew I wouldn’t have the competition I had there, but I’m happy with my performance today.”
Saul may be ranked No. 1 in the state in the 400m, but she knows that in track and field, nothing is taken for granted.
“I’m always like anybody can beat anybody, I always go into the race with that mentality. Even though I might be No. 1 in the state, anybody can beat anyone. ‘anyone on the track’, said Saul. “I know myself, I’ve beaten people I didn’t think I could beat.”
Central Cambria’s Saul and Abigail George were close in the 800m in the final 100m. It wasn’t until the final corner towards the home straight that Saul lit the burners and got some distance on George. Saul finished the 800m in 2:20.98, winning by about two seconds as George finished in 2:22.26.
Saul has confidence when competing in close races in the final hundred meters. She knows she’s fast and has speed and uses that to her advantage on the track surface.
“I always know in these distance races if it’s the last 200, and I’m neck and neck with somebody, I always have them,” said Saul.
Saul wasn’t the only rider from Montoursville to take a win on Saturday. Jillian Irion took a victory in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.75, edging out Alannah Irwin of Altoona, who finished in 17.02.
Saul was the only athlete from the region to win multiple events on Saturday and was one of only three athletes to claim first place. In addition to Irion, Riley Murray of Milton won the pole vault clearing 12-foot-3 to set a PR of nearly two feet and also set a school record.
Wrathion noted that her steps felt bad in the preliminaries and knew she needed to be better to win the finals.
“So I decided to be more positive and I guess it worked,” Irion said.
Wrathion noted that racing against the Class AAA competition in the Invitational helped her race better and earn the win.
“I know they run faster most of the time, so it’s pushing me like, ‘OK, can I stick with them?’ Irion said. “A lot of AA girls don’t run as fast as they do either, so if I stick with them (AAA girls) then I beat AA too.”
Milton’s Alexis Beaver was third in the race in 17.19.
Competing at Lock Haven also helped Irion get into the race.
“When I go there and see people next to me, it’s like, ‘OK, can I do this next hurdle faster?’ and once you see you’ve done it, it kind of motivates you. Like ‘OK, now I’m in front, can I keep this?’ »