Valor Christian’s Anna Hall, one of nation’s best prep heptathletes, shines at Class 4A state track meet

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For a second straight year, Valor Christian’s Anna Hall put on a show at the state track and field championships. The

For a second straight year, Valor Christian‘s Anna Hall put on a show at the state track and field championships. The sophomore won Class 4A titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles this weekend, in addition to taking runner-up in the high jump and fourth in the 400.

Impressed? That’s just the half of it, as Hall competes in the heptathlon outside of the CHSAA season as one of the most talented and well-rounded female prep track athletes in the state.

“I just have this deep love for the sport and a desire to compete in as many events as I can,” said Hall, who also won the Class 5A title in the high jump for Arapahoe as a freshman. “Heptathlon fills that desire, and even though I don’t get to compete in it during in-state meets, it’s constantly driving me. I want to be an Olympic heptathlete one day.”

Hall’s personal record of 4,963 in the heptathlon — in which athletes compete in the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200, long jump, javelin and 800 across two days — ranks second nationally among all high schoolers.

valor-christian-and-8217;s-anna-hall-one-of-nation-and-8217;s-best-prep-heptathletes-shines-at-class-4a-state-track-meet photo 1Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostValor Christian’s Anna Hall competes in the 4A High Jump during the final day of state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Lakewood.

“The heptathlon requires a very different approach to training — I come early to practice to work on long jump, run the regular practice and stay late to work on high jump,” Hall said. “Your body has to learn how to do hurdles, and high jump, and all sorts of other different technical motions in order to do well, overall.”

Driving Hall’s ascent is an athletically-elite family, as two of her older sisters are currently playing Division I sports at Michigan. Kara Hall is a junior tennis player for the Wolverines, while freshman Julia Hall is a sprinter on the track team.

Anna won the 5A 4×400 relay title last season with Julia, who has been a motivating force in the Valor Christian athlete’s budding track career.

“Julia’s had a huge influence, because we started doing track together when we were so young,” Hall said. “It’s been fun to have her with me over the last few years to work toward our goals, and still when she comes back into town, because we’re always pushing each other to do better.”

And while Hall has been molded by the success of older sisters, the Valor Christian program has already been molded by Hall.

“It helps to have someone who’s that good at practice every day, because it motivates us to do better and it gives us all a good benchmark,” said Eagles sophomore Lizzie Waters, who took fourth in the 300 hurdles. “Personally, in just her first year with the team, she’s really pushed me a lot, because she shows everyone that you should never settle.”

valor-christian-and-8217;s-anna-hall-one-of-nation-and-8217;s-best-prep-heptathletes-shines-at-class-4a-state-track-meet photo 2Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostLAKEWOOD, CO – MAY 21: Valor Christian’s Anna Hall competes in the 4A High Jump during the final day of state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Lakewood, Colorado. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Settle she won’t, especially if Hall wants to achieve her Olympic dream.

“We’ll continue to work on her strength and speed levels because she’s got a nice stride length and, naturally, we’ll keep trying to improve her stride frequency to compliment that,” Valor Christian coach Brian Kula said. “Then, there’s fine-tuning to be done in all the technical events that she does.”

That fine-tuning is something Hall has come to appreciate as she continues to evolve as a heptathlete.

“Today, I didn’t have my best jumps, but the thing about the heptathlon is, there’s always progress to be made in every event,” Hall said. “As long as I keep building on that progress — even when I’m not actually competing in the heptathlon — that’s how I’ll get to where I want.”

valor-christian-and-8217;s-anna-hall-one-of-nation-and-8217;s-best-prep-heptathletes-shines-at-class-4a-state-track-meet photo 3Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post4A Valor Christian’s Anna Hall celebrates her finish after competing in the 100 meter hurdles during the final day of state track and field championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Lakewood.

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