Georgia’s Kate Hall competes in the women’s long jump on the second day of the NCAA outdoor college track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 8, 2017. Hall won with a jump of 22 feet, 1 inch.
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Georgia’s Kate Hall competes in the women’s long jump on the second day of the NCAA outdoor college track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 8, 2017. Hall won with a jump of 22 feet, 1 inch.

Kate Hall wasted no time showing that she wanted to be a national champion.

Hall, a Casco native and a redshirt freshman at the University of Georgia, stood atop the podium in the women’s long jump at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon on Thursday night.

The transfer from Iowa State, who finished fourth in the long jump indoors, broke her own Georgia school record by jumping 22 feet, 11 inches.

Hall had set the mark of 21-11 at the NCAA East Prelims two weeks ago. Teammate Keturah Orji finished right behind Hall at 22-0.25.

“The biggest highlight for us today was our 1-2 punch in the long jump with Kate Hall, a freshman, and Keturah Orji both going over 22 feet for 18 points,” Georgia head coach Petros Kyprianou said in a release posted on the team’s website. “These are two world-class athletes showing why people want to come to Georgia.”

Hall was one of the best high school track athletes Maine has ever seen, winning a whopping 26 state championships.


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