Westerly's Helena Hall-Thomsen continued her incredible finish to the 2019 indoor season as the recent Rhode Island state champ in the 600 meter went onto also win her first individual New England Championships title in a new personal best time of 1:33.66.
Remarkable considering she started her season running a 1:40 600 finishing runner-up at the URI Indoor Classic. It would be the last time that Hall-Thomsen would lose a 600 meter race this season.
She had a fast time to beat from the prior section as another Rhode Island star in Nikki Merrill of Portsmouth had rolled a fast time of 1:34.70 in the prior heat for the seeded section to chase after.
It would require Hall-Thomsen to really take over the race from the front and push the pace as no one ended up seriously challenging her in the race. A fast closer over the last time allowed her to best Merrill's time and finish 1st overall with her first 1:33 performance. One of the rare 1-2 finishes by Rhode Island in the meet came in the girls 600.