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Sara Hall Is Finding Her Stride In The Steeple

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 29, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM UTC
Sarah Hall has a good chance to make the U.S. World Championship team in the steeplechase event. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Sara Hall has a good chance to make the U.S. World Championship team in the steeplechase event. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She is now 21st on the U.S. all-time list for that event.

After running just the third 3000m steeplechase in her long career, Sara Hall finally got herself a win. Her victory came at last Friday’s Stanford Invitational when she crossed the line in 9:50.68. Her finishing time was a full ten seconds better than her previous steeplechase mark. It also puts her at #21 on the U.S. all-time list for that event.

“I did one [steeplechase] in Italy last summer and felt like I could run much faster…I feel like the 3k is a good distance for me,” she said after her race.

In the past, Hall had focused her efforts on other distances like the 1500m or the 5K. If she ultimately decides on the steeple, Hall would be making a major shift in her career.

Trackfocus contributor Jim McDonald is in favor of this decision and argues that were Hall to concentrate on the steeple, she would improve her chances to represent the United States at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea this summer and at the Olympic Games in London next year.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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