Maine All-time bests at Nationals: Hall smashes 200m, Looker lowers 800m
Kate Hall of Lake Region added to her record breaking weekend on Sunday at New Balance Nationals as the junior ran a lifetime best 23.98 in the qualifying heats. Hall finished 2nd is her heat with the 5th fastest overall time to advance to the finals. The former Maine all-time best Hall set at the Class B State Championships two weeks was 24.36, she joins a select group of athletes from New England that have run under 24 seconds. To put into perspective just how fast her 23.98, the Class A boys state meet provisional standard is 24.60, in fact the 23.98 would rank #50 amongst all boys in the state. In the final of the 200m, Kate would run 24.01 her second fastest of all-time while finishes 8th.
In the long jump, Hall jumped a best of 19-4 to finish 6th overall, and earn All-American honors for the first time in the event outdoors. On the weekend, Hall also earned All-American honors in the 100m finishing third, where she ran a Maine all-time best of 11.45 wind aided. Kate is now a 3 time Outdoor All-American.
Aleta Looker of Ellsworth had her sights set on the Maine all-time best of 2:13.50 set by current Middlebury standout and former Lawrence HS star Erzsebet Nagy. Looker running in the seeded section went through the first 400m in 63.84 which had her in 8th place. Looker would close strong running the second lap in 67.47, which moved her up to 4th. Her last lap was the second fastest in the field, only the winner was faster. Aleta's time 2:11.31 took more than 2 seconds off the existing record.