Wyoming Distance Runner Joe Hall Provisionally Qualifies for the NCAA Championships

April 3, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming distance runnerJoe Hall provisionally qualified for the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track andField Championships this past weekend in the 10,000-meter run at theStanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

Hall, a senior from Buffalo, Wyo., ran a personal best time of 29:10.77,placing him 15th out of 82 competitors at the prestigioustrack meet. Hall's time was also the fourth best time in UW history inthe 10,000-meter event.

"Joe ran a great race, and I rarely use the word great when describingan athletes performance," said Wyoming head cross country and distancecoach Jim Sanchez. "This was one of the better efforts in Wyominghistory and we've had some good athletes run that particular eventhere."

The national provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships inthe 10,000-meter run is 29:45.00 and the automatic mark to qualify is29:00.00. Despite being a little shy of the automatic mark, Sanchezbelieves Hall's time should put him in the NCAA Championships. "I reallybelieve Joe's time is good enough to get him in to nationals. The 10Kon the track is a unique race (25 laps), good track 10K runners onlyoccur periodically at any given school." Sanchez said.

Hall, who also ran cross county for the Pokes, qualified and competedat the 2000 NCAA Cross Country Championships.