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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

While highlights were abundant during Florida Relays this weekend, Arman Hall stood out above all.

Competing in four different events in a span of two days, Hall finished in the top four in all the events he competed in.

On Friday, he competed in the 400-meter dash, grabbing a first-place finish in a personal-best 45.19 second split, which tied for eighth on UF’s all-time list.

On the same day, Hall ran the 200-meter dash and finished fourth with a time of 20.46 seconds to snag another personal record and grab the ninth fastest in UF history.

Furthermore, on the final day, the sophomore sprinter came in second with teammates Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham Jr., and Dedric Dukes in the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 38.55 seconds.

He would go on to conclude the weekend with his best performance in the 4x400-relay with the come from behind victory for a time of 2:59.73, which was the second-fastest time in collegiate history, fastest in the world this season and a school record.

Although having much success, Hall recognizes and praises the ones around him who helped him achieved those marks.

“My teammates are dependable,” Hall said. “I can really trust them on getting me close, to get me ahead, and it doesn’t matter.

“I know that as long as we’re in the race they’re going to try their best and their going to run hard. They’re truly dependable and I love them to the bottom of my heart.”

The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native is only a sophomore and has contributed to Florida’s program in numerous ways.

This 2014 season, Hall became a Southeastern Conference titleholder in the 200m, set multiple personal records with an all-time collegiate mark during the Florida Relays and holds a world leading record 4x4.

No sophomore has ever accomplished that feat.

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Similar to Hall’s humble attitude, coach Mike Holloway honors all of his runners guiding the sophomore on such an accomplishment and ending the home meet in incredible fashion.

“You have to give credit to all four guys, Arman’s (Hall) teammates put him in that position and also thank the elite group that ran with us and pulled us to that (result),” Holloway said.

“It was a phenomenal job with four phenomenal athletes. I remember when Hugh (Graham, Jr.) and Dedric (Dukes) were seniors (in high school) and Najee (Glass) and Gino (Hall) were juniors. Coach Tucker and I sat down and talked, looked at our list. They were four of the top five guys in the country and our goal was to get four of those guys here and we did.”

Follow Lawrence Laguna on Twitter @LagunaLawrence

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