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Hall Adds to Superb Career

Oct 15, 2020

Seldom in world-class marathons do you see a finishing kick like that one Sara Bei Hall '05 displayed at the London Marathon on Oct. 4.

Over the last of 19 laps around St. James Park, Hall found herself 40 seconds behind second-place Ruth Chepngetich. But as the finish line drew near, Hall closed in quickly and ultimately passed Chepngetich with around 150 yards to go.

The result was not only dramatic, but the time of 2:22:01 improved Hall's standing as the sixth-fastest U.S. marathoner ever and was a personal best. And her runner-up finish was a huge accomplishment for an American runner in one of the world's most prestigious races. 

Hall, 37, continues to add to what already has been a superb career. 

At Stanford, she was a six-time All-American, six-time conference champion, and four-time NCAA runner-up.

She won two Pac-10 individual cross country titles, was a two-time Pac-10 5,000-meter champion, and won MPSF indoor titles in the 3,000 and distance medley relay. She was a four-time NCAA runner-up in track – twice in the outdoor 5,000 and once each in the indoor 3,000 and DMR.

Hall helped Stanford to four Pac-10 cross country championships and her third-place finish led Stanford to the 2003 NCAA cross country crown. In 2015, she was among five Stanford runners named to the 12-member Pac-12 All-Century team in women's cross country. 

As a post-collegian, Hall was the 2012 U.S. cross country champion and twice raced in the World Cross Country Championships. She has won U.S. titles on the roads at distances between the mile and the marathon, and her half-marathon best of 1:08:18 is No. 6 among Americans all-time. She also won gold in the steeplechase at the 2011 Pan Am Games.

The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is married to Stanford teammate Ryan Hall '05, an Olympic marathoner and they have four children. The Halls formed the Hall Steps Foundation to empower the running community to use the energy and resources that fuel runners' athletic achievements for social justice efforts.

With her performance in London, Hall also holds another distinction: She is the fastest women's marathoner and steeplechaser among Stanford's all-time athletes. 

Here is the track and field absolute record list for all-time Stanford athletes, including alumni:
 

Men
Event Name Location Year Mark
100 meters Larry Questad '66 Sacramento, Calif. 1968 10.0
200 Larry Questad '66 Echo Summit, Calif. 1968 20.28
400 Steven Solomon '16 London, England 2012 44.97
800 Michael Stember '00 Durham, N.C. 2000 1:46.20
1,500 Garrett Heath '08 Portland, Ore. 2015 3:34.13
Mile Jeff Atkinson '85 Zurich, Switzerland 1988 3:52.80
Steeplechase Ian Dobson '05 Stanford, Calif. 2004 8:32.09
3,000 Grant Fisher '19 New York, N.Y. 2019 7:42.62
5,000 Chris Derrick '12 Brussels, Belgium 2013 13:08.04
10,000 Chris Derrick '12 Stanford, Calif. 2012 27:31.38
Marathon Ryan Hall '05 London, England 2008 2:06:17
110 Hurdles Myles Bradley '09 Stanford, Calif. 2009 13.61
400 Hurdles Amaechi Morton '12 Des Moines, Iowa 2012 48.79
High Jump Brian Marshall '88 Los Angeles, Calif. 1988 7-5 3/4 (2.28)
Pole Vault Toby Stevenson '00 Modesto, Calif. 2004 19-8 1/4 (6.00)
Long Jump James Lofton '78 Los Angeles, Calif. 1978 27-0 (8.23)
Triple Jump Darian Brooks '15 Seattle, Wash. 2016 52-9 1/4 (16.08)
Shot Put Terry Albritton '77 Honolulu, Hawaii 1976 71-8 1/4 (21.85)
Discus Michael Robertson '08 Denton, Texas 2008 213-11 (65.61)
Hammer David Popejoy '94 Atlanta, Ga. 1996 243-7 (74.26)
Javelin Liam Christensen '21 Stanford, Calif. 2019 245-4 (74.78)
Decathlon Harrison Williams '18 Des Moines, Iowa 2019 8,188
Women
100 Chryste Gaines '92 Monaco, Monte Carlo 2003 10.86
200 Chauntae Bayne-Hackett '06 Sao Paulo, Brazil 2013 22.57
400 Olivia Baker '18 Eugene, Ore. 2014 52.46
800 Regina Jacobs '85 Eugene, Ore. 2000 1:58.08
1,500 Regina Jacobs '85 Boston, Mass. 2003 3:59.98
Mile Regina Jacobs '85 New York, N.Y. 1998 4:20.93
Steeplechase Sara Bei Hall '05 Rome, Italy 2011 9:39.48
3,000 Regina Jacobs '85 Edwardsville, Ill. 1998 8:39.14
5,000 Regina Jacobs '85 Sacramento, Calif. 2000 14:45.35
10,000 Alicia Craig '05 Stanford, Calif. 2004 32:19.97
Marathon Sara Bei Hall '05 London, England 2020 2:22:01
100 Hurdles Kori Carter '14 Los Angeles, Calif. 2013 12.76
400 Hurdles Kori Carter '14 Sacramento, Calif. 2017 52.95
High Jump Lisa Bernhagen '88 Flagstaff, Ariz. 1987 6-5 1/2 (1.97)
Pole Vault Katerina Stefanidi '12 London, England 2017 16-1 1/4 (4.91)
Long Jump Jackie Edwards '92 San Jose, Calif. 1996 21-11 3/4 (6.80)
Triple Jump Erica McLain '08 Fayetteville, Ark. 2010 47-0 1/4 (14.33)
Shot Put Jillian Camarena-Williams '04 Paris, France 2011 66-2 1/2 (20.18)
Discus Valarie Allman '17 Rathdrum, Idaho 2020 230-2 (70.15)
Hammer Sarah Hopping '06 Eugene, Ore. 2008 225-0 (68.60)
Javelin Mackenzie Little '19 Eugene, Ore. 2018 198-0 (60.36)
Heptathlon Tracye Lawyer '99 Carson, Calif. 2005 5,910