Student-Athlete Spotlight

Pentathlete takes national record

Valor's Anna Hall especially shines on high jump, hurdles


Valor Christian senior Anna Hall can do almost everything as a track and field athlete.

She recently set a national high school record for the pentathlon but that event doesn't exist in Colorado high school meets.

Valor coach Brian Kula would like to enter Hall in 10 events each high school meet this spring but is limited to four.

On Feb. 22 at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Indoor Championships, Hall set a national high school girls pentathlon record with 4,302 points.

Hall, who transferred to Valor from Arapahoe after her freshman season, has won two consecutive state Class 4A 100- and 300-meter titles and holds the state record in the 300 hurdles. She also captured the state long jump crown last season and will face the challenge of competing against 5A athletes this year since Valor has moved up into the 5A ranks.

“I grew up doing track but did everything else too like soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball and volleyball,” said Hall, who has signed to compete next season at the University of Georgia. “Once I got to high school a lot of my club teams said you have to pick, and track was just kind of where my heart was at.”

Key stats:

Hall finished with 4,302 points to set a national high school girls pentathlon record Feb. 22-24 during the U.S. National Indoor Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility in Staten Island, New York. S

Coach's take:

"She is one of the best multi-event athletes in the world at her age and has had a lot of success breaking a few national records in a year's time. But probably better than all those things, she is a great kid, high-character kid and works real hard."

— Brian Kula, Valor Christian track coach

Q&A with Anna Hall

Who is your favorite athlete (past, present, pro or college) and why?

Kendell Williams. She went to Georgia. She won seven NCAA titles in the pentathlon and heptathlon while she was there and went to the Olympics. I got to meet her a couple times and compete with her. It is just the way she carries herself, goes about the sport so humbly and is such a nice person yet has accomplished so much.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

I don't know if it is a who or a what. A lot of it is my faith and it is God based. Knowing He did give me talent in specific events so I kind of have a fear of not reaching my full potential.

What would be a perfect performance in a track meet?

If I PR in every event I was in that would be a perfect meet. And hopefully if you PR you score points for the team so lots of PRs is lots of points.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math. I've always liked numbers and solving problems.

How do you feel you will compete against 5A athletes this season?

I was at Arapahoe my freshman year and they are in 5A. So I am excited to get back to 5A because I don't know if it is more competitive or hyped up or has more going around it.


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