George Washington’s Dior Hall has been nursing an injury for weeks now.
“Very frustrating,” she said.
In fact she was cleared to run just days before the U.S. Junior Nationals. But she still went out and finished second in the 100 Hurdles to qualify for the world games in Spain.
“I was just happy to see my name 2nd on the board,” Hall told 9News.
Her time of 13.4 put her just behind the winner, who is a collegiate runner at Texas.
“Me running 13.4 out of shape means I can run a lot faster in shape and my goal is to run 12.9 so hopefully I get that in Barcelona,” said Hall who is preparing for her junior season at Denver Science and Tech. She runs at G.W. though because DSST doesn’t have a track team.
Her mom, and coach, thinks big things might happen overseas.
“Once she gets hyped, once she gets her adrenaline going there’s no telling what she can do,” her mom Yolanda Johnson told 9News.
“I’ve never really been out of the country before, I’ve been to Puerto Rico and that’s it. And that’s U.S. territory so I don’t think it really counts,” said Hall with a big smile.
Dior heads to Spain to represent our country in mid-July.
The junior games are for the fastest runners under 20 years of age in the world.
And she is just 16.