December 26, 2013

H.S. Indoor Track and Field Preview: Lake Region athlete keeps getting better

Kate Hall of Lake Region is working to win three more state titles, with Olympics on her mind.

By Deirdre Fleming
Staff Writer

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Kate Hall, a Lake Region High junior working with a personal trainer, Chris Pribish, balances on a ball to strengthen her core muscles during her workout. Hall continues to improve, knocking off state records.

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Kate Hall uses a ball to work on strengthening her hamstring muscles. Hall started working with her personal trainer in the seventh grade.

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Hall needs to run an 11.38 in the 100 meters to make the B standard, which lets athletes into the trials if not enough qualify in the stringent A standard.

Hall ran 11.69 in the event outdoors in June when she won the 100 meters at the New England high school meet. Pribish said she’s only going to get faster this year.

The seasoned trainer follows her track meets closely now, and asks her about her diet, her level of fatigue. If she shows any sign of weakness, he backs her off an exercise and tells her to stretch that muscle group.

“She’s trained like an elite athlete,” Pribish said.

Hall’s workouts at Pribish’s gym involve such exercises as kneeling opposite him and smashing a medicine ball to the ground; or jumping from one box a few feet off the ground onto another that is higher.

As Hall did the box-jumping exercise one day, Pribish adjusted her feet slightly.

On the next jump, Hall waited, pivoted on the balls of her feet and slid off the box, hitting the ground and soaring high above the next box. She gained a half-foot after the adjustment, putting her jump from the ground somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 feet.

“She was landing twisted on the ground but now she’s not. Now she has more explosive power,” Pribish said.

“I’d say she got at least 6 to 7 inches more.”

And Hall did, too ... last Saturday when she flew to a long jump state record.

Deirdre Fleming can be reached at 791-6452 or at:

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