South Jersey’s Hall, Gardner & Ali ready to get started in Rio Olympics

Before this year, only three South Jersey women made the U.S. Olympic track team since women were added to Olympic track in 1928.

They were long jumper Carol Lewis of Willingboro in 1980, 1984 and 1988; Erin Donohue of Haddonfield in the 1,500 in 2008; and long jumper Shana Williams of Bridgeton in 1996 and 2000.


South Jersey matched that this year, when Haddonfield graduate Marielle Hall qualified in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter run, Eastern High School’s English Gardner made it in the 100 and Pleasantville grad Nia Ali qualified in the 100-meter hurdles.

Here is the complete Olympic track and field schedule:

Gardner and Hall will be in action Friday. Ali doesn’t get started until Tuesday.

Hall is one of 37 entrants in the 10,000, which is a final by time. Here is the unofficial heat sheet, from the IAAF web site:

Hall has the 12th-fastest season-best in the field at 31:37.45 from the Payton Jordan Invitational. Her race goes off at 11:10 a.m.

Gardner gets started at 10:55 a.m. in the 100 trials, and Ali will race at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday.

Gardner’s 10.74 is second-fastest season-best in the field, behind only Jamaican national champion Elaine Thompson, who ran 10.70.


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