Dior Hall sets American Junior 60m HH record.
THIS YEAR: Redshirt sophomore Dior Hall had an outstanding first season as a hurdler for USC earning both indoor and outdoor All-America honors in 2015 and setting the USC freshman indoor and outdoor records. She had ACL surgery in January of 2016 and sat out the season.
2016: Tore her left ACL while training in Dec. 2015 and had surgery to repair her knee on Jan. 5, 2016. Redshirted the 2016 season as she rehabilitated.
2015: Hall placed third in the 100m HH with a time of 13.00 (+2.1w) in her first collegiate outdoor meet at the Florida Relays on April 3. She only finished lower than third in one completed race, placing sixth in the NCAA semifinals, but she made up for it by running a PR, USC freshman record and world junior record of 12.74 (+1.7) in the finals on June 13 to place third and earn All-America honors. Her time broke the previous world junior record of 12.84 set by Aliuska Sanchez of Cuba in 1987 and the U.S. junior record of 12.87 set by Kendell Williams in 2014. Hall's time is also third all-time by a Trojan, .01 second outside of second place (12.73) set by Nia Ali in 2011. She also was called into duty and ran the leadoff leg for the 4x100m relay in the NCAA finals which ran 43.27 to finish third and earn All-America honors, the fifth-fastest time ever by a USC quartet. Hall won the Pac-12 100m HH title with a time of 12.99 (-0.4) on May 17...she also won the 100m HH at the Jim Click Shootout (13.17) and the Mt. SAC Relays (12.89)...her time at Mt. SAC originally broke the school freshman record of 13.06 set by Lauren Blackburn in 2011. Hall won the USATF Junior title with a time of 13.20 (+2.6w) and then went on to win the 100m HH at the Pan Am Junior Championships with a time of 13.20 (-1.7) on July 31. Hall also established a 200m PR of 23.79 at the Jim Click Shootout on April 11. She established the USC freshman indoor 60m HH mark with a time of 8.07 at the Don Kirby Elite Meet on Feb. 14, won the MPSF title with a time of 8.11 on Feb. 28 and was eighth to earn indoor All-America honors with a time of 8.48 at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14 after clipping the third hurdle.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hall graduated with the class of 2014 from the Denver School of Science and Technology at Stapleton while competing for George Washington High in Denver, Colo. Hall is a two-time winner of the Gatorade Colorado Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. Her mother Yolanda Johnson was the first to receive the National Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1986. In February 2013, Hall established the World Youth Best for the Indoor 60m hurdles. Hall is a three-time state champion in the 100m HH, and holds the national high school record. In 2014 at the IAAF World Youth Championships, Hall established the U.S. High school record with a time of 12.92 seconds to win a silver medal. Both Hall and the winner Kendell Williams (then a freshman at Georgia) beat the previous IAAF World Youth record of 12.96. Hall's time broke the previous high school record of 12.95 which was set by Candy Young in 1979. Her time of 12.92 was .41 seconds faster than the second-fastest high school hurdler in the country, while only .27 seconds separated No. 2-10 on the high school list in 2014.
PERSONAL: Dior was born on January 2, 1996 to Christopher Hall and Yolanda Johnson in Denver, Colo... She has one brother, Kharon Hall...Her sports hero is her mom, whose impressive hurdling abilities inspire her...She is currently undecided on a major at USC with hopes of majoring in Human Biology and becoming a surgeon... In her spare time she likes to sleep, eat, hang out with family, shop and play sports...Someday would like to travel to Paris and Greece.
CAREER BESTS: 100m HH - 12.74 100m - 11.69 200m - 23.79