Marielle Hall is an Olympian!!! Haddonfield native takes 3rd in 10,000 at U.S. Trials!!!

CmYb1zoUIAAuoglHaddonfield High School graduate Marielle Hall made her first Olympic team Saturday, running 31:54.77 and placing third in the Olympic Trials 10,000 Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Hall, a former All-America at Texas, is the first South Jersey woman ever to make the U.S. Olympic team in a race longer than 800 meters and only the fourth South Jersey woman ever to make the U.S. Olympic track team.

She qualified for the Olympic Games scheduled for Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The women’s 10,000 is scheduled for Aug. 12.

Molly Huddle and Emily Infield took the top two spots, running 31:41.62 and 31:46.09. Hall was comfortably ahead of fourth place, finishing about 90 meters ahead of Kellyn Taylor, who ran 32:11.29.

Hall is the second Haddonfield runner to make the U.S. Olympic team in the last three Olympics. Erin Donohue made the team in the 1,500-meter run in 2008. Donohue just missed advancing to the semifinals in the 800 on Friday.

Hall’s time is ninth-fastest in U.S. Olympic Trials history.

On the IAAF 2016 world list, Hall ranks 22nd at 31:37.45 from Palo Alto in May. Of the 21 runners ahead of her, 14 are Ethiopian. That’s her PR.

She’s qualified for the 5,000 as well. We’ll see if she toes the line Thursday for the 5,000.

Here’s what the all-time Olympic Trials performance list looks like:

31:09.65 … Deena Kastor, 2004 [1]
31:34.81 … Shalene Flanagan, 2008 [1]
31:37.72 … Kara Goucher, 2008 [2]
31:41.62 … Molly Huddle, 2016 [1]
31:43.60 … Amy Begley, 2008 [3]
31:46.09 … Emily Infield, 2016 [2]
31:51.05 … Deena Kastor, 2000 [1]
31:51.27 … Lynn Nelson, 1988 [1]
31:54.77 … Marielle Hall, 2016 [3]
31:58.14 … Elva Dryer, 2004 [2]
31:58.34 … Jen Rhines, 2000 [2]
31:58.36 … Amy Hastings, 2012 [1]
31:58.68 … Libbie Hickman, 2000 [3]
31:59.21 … Natosha Rogers, 2012 [2]
31:59.69 … Shalene Flanagan, 2012 [3]

Hall is only the fourth South Jersey woman to make a U.S. Olympic track team. Carol Lewis of Willingboro made the team in the long jump in 1980, 1984 and 1988, Donohue ran the 1,500 in 2008 and Shana Williams of Bridgeton made the team in the long jump in 1996 and 2000.

The official Olympic Trials web site lists splits for all runners, but Hall’s are all screwed up. Here’s what they show, although it’s pretty clear she didn’t run three straight 75.12s. And her sixth and seventh splits are over 2 1/2 minutes each, so we know they’re not right. But this is what we have, and we’ll fix it when we can. Presumably her last mile is correct:

400 …. 76.16
800 …. 78.35
1200 … 77.28
1600 … 76.39
2000 … 76.08
2400 … ???
2800 … ???
3200 … 78.16
3600 … 76.79
4000 … 77.79
4400 … 77.33
4800 … 76.14
5200 … 75.49
5600 … 76.25
6000 … 76.12
6400 … 75.55
6800 … 76.11
7200 … 75.12
7600 … 75.12
8000 … 75.12
8400 … 75.11
8800 … 74.90
9200 … 74.14
9600 … 76.15
10000 .. 76.22

 

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