Marielle Hall moves into all-time U.S. 5,000 top-20 and qualifies for Worlds with astounding race in California!!!!!

Haddonfield’s Marielle Hall has just run a personal-best 15:02.27 for 5,000 meters, the No. 2 time this year by a U.S. woman and a World Championships qualifier.

Hall, a 2010 graduate of Haddonfield High School and an All-America at Texas, placed second in the Sunset Tour at Azusa Pacific University in a race that was held late Tuesday night in Southern California (and early Wednesday morning on the East Coast).

She took second to American Karissa Schweizer, who ran a personal-best 15:01.63. Schweizer’s previous PR was 15:02.44 in Belgium last summer. She was the 2016 NCAA cross country champion for Missouri. Those are the two-fastest times by American women this year.

Schweizer and Hall both ran under the qualifying times for both this year’s IAAF Championships and next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, as did third-place finisher Vanessa Fraser, who ran 15:07.58. Her previous PR was 15:09.62 last summer, also in Belgium.

Now that she has an IAAF Championships qualifying time, Hall will be eligible for the World Championships by finishing among the top three at the USATF Championships later this month at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Idaho.

The 5,000 at nationals is scheduled for 7:42 p.m. EST on July 28, the final day of nationals in Des Moines.

Worlds run Sept. 27 – Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.

An incredible 20 runners broke 16 minutes in the race.

Hall’s previous PR for 5,000 meters was 15:06.45, which she ran in Eugene in June of 2015.

The 27-year-old Hall’s 15:02.27 is No. 20 in U.S. history, up from No. 28 with her previous PR. Schweizer’s time is No. 19.

The splits listed on the official results site aren’t correct, but Hall was in third place for most of the race before passing Fraser somewhere around 600 meters to go.

Another South Jersey runner, Rancocas Valley graduate Erika Kemp, ran 16:10.29 and placed 25th overall.

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