Anna Hall In Second At End Of Day 1 Arcadia Hep

The high jump has once again proven to be a key event for Anna Hall. File photo.

It was widespread knowledge going in that it would take a monster effort to beat Tierra Crockrell in the Arcadia heptathlon. Crockrell, a sophomore, is the local southern California favorite in the event.

After one day of competition, Anna Hall has been as up to the challenge as anyone. With four of the seven events in the book, Anna Hall is in second by 15 points with 3032. Crockrell's 3160 points afford her a commanding, though not yet prohibitive lead in the event. Without the 119 points that Hall's 1.70m (5-6.75) high jump gained on Crockrell, this one could easily be out of hand right now. 

Cockrell finished second in the high jump and 100 hurdles, first in the 200, and third in the shot put. That's a very strong first day by anyone's standards.

Hall has responded with a first in the high jump, a second in the 200, a seventh in the 100 hurdles, and another seventh in the shot put. The shot put mark was a PR for Hall and the 200 very nearly so.

The remaining events are the long jump, the javelin, and the 800 meters. Though Hall is still within range, she needs a very big day on Friday to overtake Crockrell. Also still very much in the hunt is Allie Jones.

Colorado has no entries in the Arcadia decathlon that I am certain of. It is possible, however, that William West is a Colorado entry, and I will await further word on that.