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Newby wins 100 at suspended girls track sectional

By B.J. Hargis
Sullivan's Whitnee Newby, middle, is shown running away from the competition as she won the 100 meters at the Terre Haute North Sectional on Tuesday.

TERRE HAUTE — Lightening suspended the girls track and field sectional at Terre Haute North on Tuesday night with just five of 16 events completed, but not before Sullivan junior Whitnee Newby won the 100 meters.
Newby, who a week ago won the same event at the Western Indiana Conference championship, qualified for the finals with a time of 13.13 seconds.
She defeated Terre Haute South’s Naiya Carmichael by .03 seconds to win the sectional.
Carmichael ran 12.87 to qualify for the finals, but was timed at 13.03 compared to Newby’s 13.0 in the finals.
“Shelby has been running her best times of the year lately,” said Sullivan. “I am so proud of her.
“This is a very tough sectional and being a sectional champion up here really means something.”
Sullivan sophomore Shelby Hall ran eighth in the 100 high hurdles, but is the top seed in the 300 low hurdles. She fell near the finish line.
North Central’s Emma Baker was 12th in the 100 hurdles at 19.79.
Madi Followell tied for fourth in the high jump at five feet even.
Baker took eighth place at 4-10.
Sullivan’s Sydney Akers was fourth in the pole vault at 8-0.
Sullivan and North Central did not have any participants in the 1,600 and 3,200 relay.
The top three finishers in each event will advance to next week’s regional at Bloomington North.
The sectional is scheduled to resume at 5:30 p.m. today.

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