Catch her if you can

Catch her if you can

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Catch her if you can

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As a freshman, Hall’s 13.18 time at the Great Southwest Classic was the third-fastest in prep history – and the best is yet to come from Hall, now a junior.

Scary and impressive, no doubt, but what else would one expect from the daughter of Yolanda Johnson, the first Gatorade National Girls Track & Field winner elected in 1985-86.Hall, too, was recognized with the prestigious honor when she was named the Gatorade Colorado Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year as a freshman.

Last summer, Hall competed in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona (she lost her shot at a medal after she tripped and fell in the final three hurdles).

Recharged this season, Hall recently won the 5A state title when she clocked 13.67 seconds for the 100-meter hurdles. And don’t think she’ll ever stop, at least not until after she competes in the Rio 2016 Olympics – her ultimate goal.

Good lucking catching her if you can. We fortunately did, but only for a spell. Check out what went down.

sarah interview transparent
You’re in a unique situation given that your mom was a former standout hurdler in high school and college. What has she taught you that has been most valuable?

dior hall interview trans
It would take me days to explain how much she’s taught me. She’s been a huge support. I move my arms from side to side – she tells me to tighten them and to look more professional, ’cause I’ll get criticized when I go to college. She tells me to pull my trail leg; we’re trying to take the Sally Pearson look – she has amazing form.

sarah interview transparent
Why is running satisfying to you?

dior hall interview trans
Running is my life. It defines who I am. It’s made me a better person. It shows me values. It shows how much I want something. It brings out the drive in me. Without running, I wouldn’t have my confidence. It brings out the best in me.

sarah interview transparent
If track wasn’t part of your life, what do you imagine you’d be like?

dior hall interview trans
My life would be boring. I wouldn’t be as independent. I’d be lost. Also, I’d most definitely be fat (laughs). I eat a lot.

sarah interview transparent
What are your favorite foods?

dior hall interview trans
Everything, except sprouts, asparagus and tofu – those are disgusting. I like spaghetti, steak, ribs and pot roast.

sarah interview transparent
What’s your favorite track outfit?

dior hall interview trans
A sports bra with spandex and long socks. I wear all Nike. Sometimes I’ll wear different colors; other times I’ll wear neutrals.

sarah interview transparent
Who do you consider the most stylish athlete?

dior hall interview trans
Flo Jo. She had a full bodysuit with one sleeve. The way she dressed and the colors she wore were really cool.

sarah interview transparent
When you travel for a meet, what’s one thing you always pack?

dior hall interview trans
My teddy bear, “Little Bear”. I’ve had him since I was four. It was a gift from my parents. It’s a good luck charm.

sarah interview transparent

What’s your favorite sport to watch outside of track?

dior hall interview trans
Football. It’s really competitive and a lot of people in my family play football. If I didn’t run track and was able to play football, I’d do it.

sarah interview transparent
What’s most challenging about being a hurdler?

dior hall interview trans
Trying to maintain technique and have a consistent rhythm.

sarah interview transparent
Who is your greatest inspiration?

dior hall interview trans
Sally Pearson. I admire everything – her form, how she runs to the hurdle. She’s so on top of everything. She looks perfect. Nobody knew her until she became really fast. She built her way to the top.

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