Wiley finishes big season by winning New Balance National Outdoors 800 section

Addy Wiley, of Huntington, captured first place in the 800-meter run in the Emerging Elite section of the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet on Sunday, June 16, at North Carolina A&T University, in Greensboro, NC.

Wiley, completing her freshman season at Huntington North High School, crossed the finish line in 2:10.15. She ran the first 400 meters in 1:00.71, which was her fastest opening 400 ever, notes Matt Ditzler, distance-running coach for the Huntington North girls’ track team. Wiley led the race through the second lap and fended off a challenge around the final turn to complete the second 400 in 1:09.44 and win her heat.

Wiley broke her own school record in the race. She had previously clocked in at 2:11.98 at the New Haven Sectional on May 14. Wiley’s time also bettered the standing state mark for a freshman of 2:11.32, set by Penn’s Ashleigh MacLeod at the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Finals in 2014.

It has been an eventful month for Wiley, who won the 1,600-meter run at the IHSAA State Finals on June 1. Her clocking of 4:46.93 set a new state record for a freshman. The time was also the third-fastest in state history among all classes.

Currently, Wiley is ranked first in the 1,600 and sixth in the 800 among freshmen nationally, says Ditzler. Among all classes nationally, she slots 17th in the 1,600 and 58th in the 800.