Haddonfield’s Hall, already an Olympian, advances to 5,000 final at U.S. Trials

Marielle Hall, who has already made the U.S. Olympic team in the 10,000, placed third Thursday evening in the 5,000 with an auto qualifier 15:27.67.

There were two semifinal races, with the first six finishers advancing to the final along with the next four-fastest times.

The 10-fastest times came out of the second semifinal. Hall was a comfortable fifth, advancing comfortably on the Hayward Field track in Eugene, Ore.

Hall, a Haddonfield native who went on to earn All-America honors at Texas, will be back on the track at 7:28 p.m. EST Sunday night in the championship race.

Hall’s 5,000 PR is 15:06.45, set at Hayward Field last year.

On Thursday, Hall ran mid-pack through 3,000 meters, averaging 75.6 per lap before picking things up with laps of 74.5, 73.2, 73.2, 73.2 through 4,600 meters – a 4:50.1 mile – and then closing with a 66.5 final lap.

The top five finishers in the second semifinal all ran between 15:26.33 and 15:27.67 and all closed in 65.4 through 68.1.

Kim Conley won the first semifinal in 15:40.04, which would have placed 11th in the second race.

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