Kate Hall broke the oldest high school girls field event record Sunday, long jumping 22 feet, 5 inches at the New Balance National High School Invitational in Greensboro, N.C.
The graduating senior at Lake Region (Naples, Maine), bettered the 39-year-old record of 22-3 set by Kathy McMillan of Hoke (Raeford, N.C.) on June 12, 1976 in the National AAU Championships at UCLA.
Hall, who is headed to Iowa State, also bettered the Junior National (under age 20) record of 22-4 1/4 by Carol Lewis of the University of Houston at the 1980 U.S. National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
Hall, a two-time Maine Gatorade State Track and Field Athlete of the Year, set the mark on her last jump with a zero wind reading — coming from behind to defeat seasonal national leader Courtney Corrin of Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), who had reached 21-5 1/4 on the previous jump.
Hall’s jump was initially announced as 22-4 1/2 (6.82 meters), but when re-measured with a steel tape by officials for record certification received an extra centimeter to 6.83, which converts to 22-5.
Hall’s mark equals the third-best among all U.S. athletes this season (and No. 9 in the world) — with the USATF National Championships upcoming June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.
Corrin, just back from an international competition in Cuba the previous weekend, now ranks No. 7 on the all-time high school list for all conditions. (The wind on her jump was 2.1 meters per second, barely over the 2.0 limit for records.)
The previous best all-conditions prep mark was also 22-3, by McMillian.
Earlier this season, Hall won the 100-meter dash with a meet-record time of 11.41 seconds and the long jump with a meet-record leap of 20 feet, 11 inches at the New England Interscholastic Track & Field Outdoor Championships. She also placed second in the 200-meter dash in 23.69 at New Englands.
At the Maine Class B state meet, Hall swept the 100 in a state-record 11.69, the 200 in 24.82 and the long jump with a state-record leap of 20-4.75.
Contributing: USA TODAY High School Sports