Pleasantville grad Nia Ali makes U.S. Olympic team in high hurdles!!!!!

adb85a8c-d449-4a9c-ad17-abeec29ffc95.jpgNia Ali, a former Meet of Champions winner at Pleasantville High School and two-time world indoor champion, placed third in the 100-meter hurdles final Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials to lock up a berth on the U.S. Olympic team.

Ali ran a season-best 12.55, finishing 2-100ths of a second ahead of Queen Harrison to secure the third and final berth.

Ali ran 12.68 in the trials on Thursday and 12.68 again earlier Friday in the semifinals.

Here are the official results of the championship race:

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Ali is the first graduate of an Atlantic County high school to make a U.S. Olympic track and field team.

Four years ago, Ali reached the Olympic Trials final but finished last. On Friday, she ran the fastest third-place time in U.S. Trials history and became the eighth-fastest performer in meet history.

The race, the fastest in trials history, produced the second-fastest winning time ever and the fastest wind-legal times ever for second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place.

Here’s an updated all-time Olympic Trials performance list:

12.33 … Gail Devers, 2000 [1]
12.34 … Brianna Rollins, 2016 [1]
12.45 … Lolo Jones, 2008 [s]
12.48 … Damu Cherry, 2008 [s]
12.50 … Kristi Castlin, 2016 [2]
12.54 … Nichole Denby, 2008 [s]
12.55 … Joanna Hayes, 2004 [2]
12.55 … Nia Ali, 2016 [3]
12.57 … Melissa Morrison, 2000 [s]
12.57 … Queen Harrison, 2016 [4]
12.58 … Kellie Wells, 2008 [s]
12.58 … Dawn Harper, 2008 [1]
12.60 … Sharika Nelvis, 2016 [5],
12.62 … Danielle Carruthers, 2004 [4]
12.62 … Keni Harrison, 2016 [6]
12.68 … Sharon Jewell, 2000 [s]
12.69 … Lynda Goode, 1996 [2]
12.71 … LaVonna Martin, 1992 [2]
12.74 … Jenny Adams, 2004 [5]
12.75 … Ginnie Powell, 2008 [s]
12.75 … Jackie Coward, 2016 [7]

Ali is the first New Jersey woman to make an Olympic team in the high hurdles. Neptune’s Dawn Bowles came very close in 1996, placing fourth in the final. She was also seventh in 1992.

 

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