Former COS runner qualifies for Olympics

Former COS Giant Quincy Hall on the USA Olympic Trials Podium receiving the gold medal on June 24, 2024, in Eugene, Oregon.(Curtis Allen)

Quincy Hall earns his spot on the USA Olympic Track and Field team that will head to Paris this August; Hall qualifies for the team after running a 44.17 on 400-meter race in the Olympic Trials

EUGENE – Former COS Giant, Quincy Hall, pulled away on the home stretch of the men’s 400-meter race to win the USA Olympic Trials on Monday, June 24. That solidified his place on the USA Olympic Track and Field Team which heads to Paris next month.

Hall, who won three state titles each year for COS in 2017 and 2018 (400 meters, 400 hurdles and the 4 x 400 relay) ran a personal best on Monday night in Eugene, Oregon by running a 44.17 and is the fastest time by any American this year.

“I just wanted to stay in striking distance of the leader going into the last turn,” Hall said about his final race. “Then Coach Allen and I have a saying ‘get home’ which means I need to leave every bit of energy I have on the track as I cross that finish line. I was able to pull ahead and finish first. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Former COS Head Track and Field Coach, Curtis Allen, recruited Hall to COS during the 16-17 school year, and has been Hall’s personal coach for the past year.

“We just did what we could to make sure Quincy was mentally right, we walked the track before the meet and we had a great three weeks of training leading up to the trials,” Allen said about the lead up to the Olympic Trials. “Quincy has great confidence and he ran a smart race in the finals. I can’t be happier for him that he made team USA.”

Current COS Head Track and Field Coach Kenny Jackson, who coached Hall during the 2018 season, gave his thoughts on Monday’s race.

“Quincy was able to show who he was,” Jackson said. “He really finished tough on the last 100 meters of the race to come behind for the win. I can’t wait to watch him in Paris running for the USA team.”

With the Olympics coming up in a few months, Hall is focused on getting everything in order before he heads off to Paris to represent the U.S.

“I have a lot to do today. I need to do all of my paperwork for Team USA, I have a media session and all of my processing paperwork to go on the trip,” Hall said. “After that, I will get ready for Paris.”

Hall will run individually in the 400 meters as well as the 4 x 400 meter relay for team USA starting on Sunday, Aug. 4.

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