CASCO – The onset of coronavirus across the globe has created uncertain times for athletes in almost every sport, track and field is no exception.
“Things have been a little bit crazy over the past couple of weeks, I was just preparing for the 2020 Olympics and then all of a sudden it all stopped,” said Kate Hall.
Professional long jumper and Casco native Kate Hall has been working towards the outdoor track season and her second trip to the US Olympic Team trials, until the trials and the Summer Olympic Games were postponed earlier this week, until 2021.“I knew I was going to keep jumping further and further as the year progressed so it was kind of disappointing for that to stop all of a sudden but I know as long as I’m still training and getting stronger that won’t go away,” said Hall.
Hall has grown leaps and bounds since placing 10th at the 2016 Olympics Trials after her freshman year of college, impressing by recording top two finishes at the 2019 and 2020 USATF Indoor Nationals, winning in 2019.“It was like 20,000 people there, and it was the best of the best competition which I wasn’t ever used to, so I think just having that experience prepared me for this coming trials,” said Hall.
Training at an Olympic level has always been an additional challenge for Hall, who battles with Type One diabetes. “It’s just another stressor on the system, it’s not only watching what your eating, watching sleep, and staying hydrated, there’s constant high and low blood sugar.”
Hall has limited her exposure to environments outside of her home and training facility, as Type One diabetes puts Hall at a higher risk for testing positive for coronavirus.