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Former Gators Dominate at the USA Track and Field Championships

Former Gator track stars Anna Hall and Omar Craddock competed in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships this weekend.

USA Track and Field Championships

The USA Track and Field championships took place over the course of the last weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The indoor championships consisted of 13 total events. Previous Gator stars could be found competing in the Women’s Pentathlon, the 400-meter events and the Men’s Triple Jump.

Anna Hall

Anna Hall Began the competition competing in the Pentathlon.

The competition consisted of five events including the High Jump, Shot Put, Long Jump, 60 Meter Hurdles and 800-meter events. Hall demolished the competition, shattering records at an unmatched pace throughout the day.

Hall simply outperformed her peers, bringing home first place in all five events.

Hall’s time in the 60-meter hurdles (8.04), and her distances in the Shot Put (13.80m) and the High Jump (1.91m) were all new bests for the superstar.

With only one event remaining in the Pentathlon, the 800m, Hall needed to run at least a 2:19.55 to break the American Pentathlon record. Hall beat the time, along with the American Women’s Pentathlon record, as she crossed the finish line of this event with a final time of 2:05.70.

She was just 10 points short of overtaking the World Record record as she not only beat but belittled the previous American record by an astounding 199 points.

Hall finished out the American National Track and Field Championships with the 400m where she continued her dominance.  She conquered the event, finishing with a personal best time of 51.03 seconds.

Omar Craddock

You can add Omar Craddock to your list of decorated Gators Track and Field alumni.

Alike to his time at his alma matter, the University of Florida, Craddock competed in the triple jump at the USA Track and Field Championships. The triple jump takes finesse, requiring an approach run, hop, step and jump. If any of these steps are missed, or messed up, it is considered a foul. Craddock completed these steps with ease, jumping 16.38 meters to secure second place in the triple jump.

The Track and Field action resumes Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia, with the USATF Masters 5 km Championships.

About Nate Bilgoray

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