Life on the run keeps Hall going

first_imgThe past six months have been a whirlwind for Ryan Hall. Not only did the former Big Bear High School runner sign a professional track and field contract with Asics, but he also got married. Hall and running star Sara Bei wed Sept. 24 in the Santa Cruz Mountains, said Mickey Hall, father of Ryan and also the Big Bear cross country coach. Ryan and Sara Bei Hall have made a habit of doing things together. Nearly two years ago they were named the Pacific-10 Conference’s male and female cross country athletes of the year, while also leading Stanford University to twin national titles. He was a two-time winner of the prestigious Ken Hubbs Memorial Award, given to the best boys high school athlete in the greater San Bernardino area. Ryan is 12 units short of his graduation from Stanford. Mickey said Ryan skipped his last season of track and field due to injuries and because his coach, Andy Gerard, took a job at George Mason University in suburban Washington D.C. He currently is training in Mammoth. COURSE RECORD Redlands sophomore Meredith Robie set the Prospect Park cross country course record, running three miles in 18:48 to help the Terriers (6-0) defeat visiting Yucaipa (5-1) in a Citrus Belt League cross country meet Thursday. Redlands’ Lauren Jacobs (18:50) was second, followed by Yucaipa’s Kim Cope (19:06) and Natalie Arreola (19:10). Yucaipa (5-1) won the boys meet 21-37, with Zach Weinberg first in 16:24 and Greg Bay second in 16:33. Redlands’ Eric Laue was third in 16:38 and teammate Andrew Cannon was fourth in 16:43. The CBL finals are Nov. 2 at Yucaipa. MT. SAC SATURDAY The Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational is Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. Sophomores Kauren Tarver and Meredith Robie will lead Serrano and Redlands, respectively, in the girls Division I and II sweepstakes race at 10:05 a.m. Also representing the county in that race is Ayala. Upland, led by Ryan Gamboa abd Albert Davila, will compete in the boys D1 and D2 sweepstakes race at 9:40 a.m. Races run all day Saturday, beginning at 7:05 a.m. FAMILIAR NAME Ray Kalinich, who will coach the Carter football team tonight in place of the suspended Mike Churchill, has some athletic offspring. Karley Kalinich competes in track and field at Fresno Pacific and will shoot for a national championship in the hammer throw this spring. Steve Kalinich swam at Granite Hills. CAJON-SBHS RIVALRY In the days when Pacific High School was closed, the Cajon vs. San Bernardino football rivalry was the biggest thing going in the city. San Bernardino is at Cajon at 7 p.m. tonight in a San Andreas League game. “It was always Game 10 and the place was always packed,” said San Bernardino assistant coach Nick Monica, who played at Cajon. “We were both in the same league and it was big, like Fontana vs. Eisenhower was back then.” “On the field the players would step it up and in the stands there were lots of fights. It was like a Raider game.” NEW COACHES Robert Reed is the new Bloomington girls basketball coach, replacing Judy Zierold, Bruins athletic director Ron Taylor said. Reed was chosen Thursday from among six candidates. He has coached travel ball in Rancho Cucamonga. “He’s enthusiastic and motivated and energetic,” Taylor said. “He’s promised to stay for a couple of years and he’s a good one.” Yucaipa has hired former Thunderbirds star player Norman Levesque as its new boys soccer coach, replacing interim coach Paul Karver, Thunderbirds athletic director Jim Taylor said. John Murphy covers prep sports. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Ryan was not available for comment, but in a July interview with www.mensracing.com he credited Sara with helping him through an injury-plagued college career, as well as other areas of his life. Both have signed with Asics, with Ryan receiving “six-figures” according to his father. Ryan has a $5,000 incentive to be paid if he can run a 13 minute, 20 second 5,000 meters. He will receive $50,000 more if he can run a sub-13:16. “He ran 13:16.03 at the nationals and I said, ‘Couldn’t you have just run .400th of a second faster?’ ” Mickey said with a chuckle. “He didn’t think that was very funny.” Sara Bei Hall is the only runner to win four consecutive California state cross country championships. She starred for Santa Rosa Montgomery High School. Ryan won two state cross country titles, as well as the 1,600 meters at the CIF-State Track and Field Championships in Sacramento as a senior. As a junior, he won the 3,200. last_img

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