Hall captures first All-American trophy

Hannah Hall | Photos by Jason Miller
Hannah Hall | Photos by Jason Miller

GENEVA, Ohio -- Third time was the charm for Denison junior high jumper Hannah Hall as she earned her first-career All-American trophy on Friday at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship held at the SPIRE Institute.

Hall entered her third national meet tied for fourth in the country in the high jump. The New Richmond, Ohio native easily cleared the first two heights. The field was cut nearly in half after 12 athletes successfully cleared 5'5.25".

With the bar set at 5'7", just two athletes cleared the bar on their first attempts. Heading into her second attempt, Hall knew she was on the verge of reaching the podium but knew a successful clear would secure her place in the top eight. The junior was one of three competitors to move on via their second attempt, while Williams freshman Summer-Solstice Thomas was the final athlete to advance, successfully clearing the bar on her final attempt.

Hall came close to clearing all three attempts at the next height, 5'8", but ended up finishing in a tie for fourth place with Illinois Wesleyan junior Molly McGraw. Williams' freshman Emma Egan captured the national titled after posting a final mark of 5'9.25", while Concordia-Moorhead senior Emma Peterson and Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cirrus Robinson took second and third, respectively.

Hall is the eighth female athlete in program history to earn All-American honors and the first to do so in the high jump. She is also just the second Denison track and field athlete to All-American in the high jump, joining Jim Jones who placed fourth in 1979.

Denison will close out the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship on Saturday (May 27) when sophomore David Carter makes his second-straight appearance at outdoor nationals. The men's triple jump is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.