March 21, 2019
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Maine track, field star to testify before Senate committee

Courtesy of Kevin Morris
Courtesy of Kevin Morris
Lake Region's Kate Hall set a state record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.69 seconds at the Class B state track and field championships at McMann Field in Bath on May 5, 2015.

Kate Hall of Casco recently completed one of the most impressive high school track and field careers in Maine history.

The Lake Region High School star capped her season by setting a national high school long jump record of 22 feet, 5 inches at the New Balance Outdoor National Track and Field Championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Hall enjoyed her tremendous success despite dealing with Type 1 diabetes. On Wednesday, she will testify before the Senate Aging Committee in Washington.

Hall accepted an invitation from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to appear in front of the committee, which is chaired by Collins. The hearing, scheduled for 2:15 p.m. in Senate Dirksen Room G-50, is expected to examine advancements in medicine and technology that benefit people living with the serious, lifelong disease.

Isabelle Levesque, a 10-year old from Arundel who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, also is expected to testify before the committee.

The hearing is titled “Diabetes Research: Improving Lives on the Path to a Cure” and will be held in conjunction with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Children’s Congress.” The committee will examine how diabetes affects people of all ages. More than 160 youth and adult participants from throughout the nation are expected to attend.

Additional witnesses include Bob Amato of Rhode Island, a former runner and coach and a member of Athletic Hall of Fame who has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 67 years, among others.

Hall went undefeated this season in the long jump en route to winning her fourth Maine state title, and she took first place at the New England Championships. She never lost against Maine competition in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump.

Hall, who will attend Iowa State University in the fall, set the national long jump record on her final attempt, eclipsing the record of 22-3 set in 1976 by Kathy McMillan of Hoke City, North Carolina.

Hall’s 22-5 is the sixth best jump among U.S. women this year and places her tied for No. 13 in the world in 2015.

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