Women’s track, field gets glimpse into future


Photo courtesy of the ISU Athletic Department

Future Cyclone Kate Hall became the junior national record holder in the long jump at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday. 

Kyle Heim

Freshman Jhonmy Luque provided instant success for the ISU women’s track and field team in the long jump after appearing in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. 

She now has a sidekick. 

Future Cyclone Kate Hall broke the junior national record in the girls long jump at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday. 

Hall had the second best mark at the event entering her final jump and never reached 21 feet in her career. She needed a jump longer than 21 feet 5.25 inches for the title.  

She not only cleared 21 feet on her final jump, she cleared 22 feet, making her the world junior leader in the event with a mark of 22 feet 5 inches.

Her mark broke the oldest high school girls field event record, which was set 39 years ago. The mark ranks third among all U.S. athletes this season and ninth in the world.

The Naples, Maine, native will arrive at Iowa State in the fall with 25 state championships. She was also a two-time Maine Gatorade State Track and Field Athlete of the Year in high school. 

The USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships will take place June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.