Hall-Thomsen

Helena Hall-Thomsen

BOSTON — Westerly High's Helena Hall-Thomsen finished first in the 600 meters at the New England girls indoor track championships on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center.

Hall-Thomsen, who won the same race at the Rhode Island state meet, finished with a personal-best time of 1:33.66, ahead of Portmouth's Nikki Merrill (1:34.70).

Hall-Thomsen is the first Westerly girl to win a New England indoor championship since Samantha Gawrych took first in the same race in 2006.

Makayla Paige, a sophomore from Tewksbury, Mass., holds the New England record in the 600, 1:29.71, but she did not run in the race.

Sydney Federico finished 10th in the 300 (42.06). Caelan Holdredge was 16th in the 55 hurdles (8.93).

Westerly's 4x200 relay team of Federico, Hall-Thomsen, Nina Cillino and Caelan Holdredge placed ninth (1:46.90). Federico, Hall-Thomsen, Cillino and Hedy Goodman  finished seventh in the 4x400 (4:07.13).

In the boys meet, Westerly's Nick Turo, Aaron Tallardy, Sam Lutzel and Tanner Kelly combined to finish 16th in the 4x800 relay (8:23.76).

— Keith Kimberlin

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