A difficult day for Marielle Hall, Erika Kemp in U.S. Olympic Trials 10,000

It was a difficult day for South Jersey’s two entries in the 10,000-meter run Saturday morning at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

With temperatures in the mid-80s, Mount Laurel’s Marielle Hall, a 2016 Olympian and a Haddonfield graduate, ran 34:35.79 and Mount Holly’s Erika Kemp, a Rancocas Valley graduate, dropped out after 6,400 meters at Hayward Field.

Hall has a 10,000 PR of 31:05.71 from the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and has a season-best 31:21.78 this year from a meet at Serra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in February.

Kemp has run 31:35.63 for 10,000 meters – also at Serra Catholic but in December of 2020. This was her first 10,000 of 2021.

Hall ranks No. 8 in U.S. history at 10,000 meters and Kemp is No. 34. 

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