Barnes Drops Huge PA No. 1 400m

A big race was coming from Bria Barnes. It was just a matter of when.

Well, it came Friday evening in West Chester at the Hoka One One Henderson Invitational. The Cheltenham senior, who was yet to contest an open 400 meters this spring made her season debut in the event and jumped into the state's top spot with room to spare.

Barnes went 54.45, a huge outdoor PR and new PA No. 1 time, for a dominant win in some great conditions. After taking second to Warwick's Leah Graybill earlier in the meet in the 200 meters, Barnes came back in a big way in the 400.

She made up the stagger early and never looked back, rolling to the US No. 20 clocking. After a big indoor season that saw Barnes run a huge PR of 54.05 in the 400 and place fourth at indoor nationals, one had to figure she was prepared to drop a big quarter mile race.

Watch the fastest section of the girls 400 from Henderson above and check out the results from that race below.

1Bria Barnes12Cheltenham54.4510
2Leah Graybill12Warwick56.8110
3Sabria Epps10Springside Chestnut Hill Academy56.989
4Meghan Quinn11Warwick58.5310
5Stephanie Hiltpold12Central Bucks West58.6810
6Jordyn Hock11Conestoga Valley58.789
7Sarah Schreiber9Downingtown West58.8810
8Patrisha Rokins12Coatesville59.0410
9Kimmi Woods11Tatnall59.209
10Tess Crossan9Pope John Paul II59.306