Lily Guinn Makes Maury Known For Its Distance

Maury Star Lily Guinn in the Class 5 Girls 3200

Maury High School has won team titles and placed highly over the last six years at the state track meet. For the most part though, those points have come exclusively from the sprint and hurdle races. This state meet though, it was a totally different story. 

Lily Guinn wasn't only the star for Maury, she may have been the highest scoring athlete in the meet with her 24 points for Maury. She was the strong anchor leg on the 4x8 that ended up getting 5th overall from the slow section, she followed it up with victories in both the 3200 and 1600m runs. 

To take home those two individual titles Lily did what she is used to doing, going out hard from the front and never looking back. Her leads only grew as the race went on and though she didn't negative split, she stayed fairly even paced throughout. Simply put, it was a runaway. 

Virginia is at an all-time best for the 3200 and 1600 when you look at depth of talent and the quick times up front. Lily though might be able to make an argument for having the most potential of them all. 

Right now, Lily has personal bests of 10:30 in the 3200 and 4:54 in the 1600. She was third in XC as well this year while skipping the indoor season. That leaves her with tons of room for growth considering she is only a sophomore this year and still has yet to face some really solid competition in one of her races. 

In fact, she has raced 12 times since XC states and has won every single race. That includes three races in the 800, five races in the 1600, and three races over the 3200m distance. She also ran once indoors winning the 3K unattached. 

Lily has a ton of potential but one of the best things she has is the ability to go out and take control of a race. That is going to bode well for her for quite some time. It will enable her to be ready for the tougher competition and will position her well in races where no one wants to take control. 

This past weekend was an impressive effort and with her combined 38 seconds over second place she can make a strong argument that she had one of the most impressive state meets and that Maury should really be known for distance now too.