Mount Laurel native Marielle Hall got a lane in a fast outdoor 3,000 Saturday and ran 9:05.72 in a star-studded field.
Hall, a Haddonfield High School graduate and a 2016 Olympian at 10,000 meters, placed eighth in the race held at Brophy College Prep High School in Phoenix.
Canadian Gabriela Debuts-Stafford won in 8:38.51, and Colleen Quigley [8:40.23], Karissa Schwiizer [8:40.25] and Elise Cranny [8:40.33] were all within two seconds of the lead.
Hall ran her PR of 8:48.72 in Portland, Ore., in July, which was her last race. The 9:05.72 is her 3rd-fastest time. The race Saturday produced the eight-fastest times so far in the world this year.
Hall came through 1,000 meters in 2:56.7 and hit 1,800 meters in a very fast 5:18.9, which had her in the lead group and on 8:51 pace. But a 75 and a 77 hurt her sub-9 hopes before she closed in 74.
Hall has PRs of 4:32.77 in the mile, 15:02.27 for 5,000 meters and 31:05.71 in the 10,000.