Gloucester County half-milers Katherine Byrne and Carly Nicholson finished 6-100ths of a second apart Friday in the 800 meters at the East Coast Invitational in Virginia.
Byrne, a senior at Clearview, ran a personal-best 2:21.79 and Nicholson ran 2:21.85 at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.
Byrne shattered her indoor PR of 2:27.03 from a SJTCA meet at the Bennett Center last February and also ran well under her outdoor PR of 2:23.30 set in May of 2019 at the Gloucester County Championships at Delsea, when she was second to Amirah Sharpe, who ran 2:21.47.
It was Byrne’s first race on the track since that SJTCA meet more than a year ago.
Nicholson, a Delsea senior, was running her second race of the season but her first since a meet at the Armory in October, when she was timed in 2:24.59. She came up just shy of her indoor PR of 2:21.32 set at 2019 indoor states, when she placed sixth.