Pleasantville grad Nia Ali hurdles her way to World #3 time in hurdles

1d0a09b8-1d3f-4687-abed-ad0b4578c068Pleasantville High grad Nia Ali, one of the top hurdlers in the world, ran within 1-10th of a second of her PR Saturday at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix in Roxbury, Mass.

Ali, the world indoor champ, ran 7.89 to finish second to Brianna Rollins, who won with a 7.87.

The time is a season-best for Ali and it’s within 9-100ths of a second of her PR of 7.80, which she ran in 2014 at Ergo Arena, a facility in Poland half of which is in Sopot and half of which is in Gdańsk.

That time makes Ali No. 16 in world history.

Ali’s time Saturday is No. 3 in the world, behind two Americans —  Kendra Harrison, the indoor and outdoor NCAA champ last year for Kentucky, who has run 7.82 this winter, and Rollins with her 7.87.

Ali began her high school career at West Catholic in Philly at 45th and Chestnut – about a mile west of Franklin Field – before finishing at Pleasantville, where she was the 2006 New Jersey Meet of Champions winner indoors and outdoors.

She ran collegiately at Tennessee, where she focused on the heptathlon, and then transferred to USC, where she focused on the hurdles.

Ali is now based in Southern California and runs for Nike.

She’ll return to the Northeast this weekend to race at the 103rd annual Millrose Games at the 168th Street Armory.

 

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