Anna Hall Finishes Ninth At IAAF World U20 Champs

Anna Hall capped her incredible season with a ninth-place finish at the IAAF World Championships.

Two months ago Valor Christian's Anna Hall was competing against the best in Colorado. A month ago she was competing against the best in the country. This past week she was halfway across the globe competing against the best in the world.

Hall, donning the red, white, and blue of Team USA, tested her mettle in the heptathlon against all-comers, literally, at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. 

The reigning US U20 champ - and youngest athlete in the field - finished ninth overall, tallying 5,655 points. 

Among the highlights of her week - and there were many - came in the high jump, and the 800. She moved the bar up to 6-0 for a new personal best in the high jump, and she chopped off a few more seconds in the 800, running 2:15.19.

Hall's 5,655 points was just behind her own national high school record in the event, where she racked up 5,798 points at the Great Southwest Classic. 

Claiming gold was Great Britain's Niamh Emerson, who tallied 6,253 points. Austria's Sarah Lagger finished second with 6,225 points, while Poland's Adrianna Sulek took bronze, scoring 5,939 points. Hall was the top American.