Jessica Hull – Rewriting the Records Books

It’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement that surrounds Jessica Hull. The new Australian star of the track is in career best form, and in the process rewriting record books.

Most recently Hull broke the Australian 5000m record (previously held by one of Australia’s best ever distance runners, Benita Willis), recording an impressive 14:43.80. Then in Berlin on September 13, Hull produced yet another Australian record (and Area record) for the 1500m outdoors, a 4:00.42. Hull also holds the Australian indoor record for the 1500m (4:04.14) and there is every chance that the 3000m Australian record will also be broken by Hull, simply requiring the right race to produce such a record performance.

It’s been a quick rise to the top for Hull, taking her career to a new level in 2019 where she just missed on making the 1500m final at the Doha World Championships. By the end of 2019 she had lowered her 1500m best to 4:01.80 and her 5000m best to 15:00.32.

The interesting part to Hull’s career is that she never really showed us how good she was as a junior, although placing 7th in the 3000m at the World U/20 Championships in 2014 did present a glimpse into what was possible for the future.

  • 2014 – 7th at World U/20 Championships over 3000m
  • 2018 – 3rd at NCAA Indoor Championships over 3000m
  • 2018 – 1st at NCAA Indoor Championships over 1500m
  • 2018 – 3rd at NCAA XC Championships over 6km
  • 2018 – 1st at NCAA Outdoor Championships over 1500m
  • 2019 – 1st at NCAA Indoor Championships over 3000m
  • 2019 – 2nd at NCAA Outdoor Championships
  • 2019 – makes Diamond League debut in 1500m at Prefontaine Classic (runs 4:02.62 PB)
  • 2019 – Semi Finalist at World Championships in Doha, Qatar over 1500m
  • 2020 – Breaks Australian Record over 1500m indoors in 4:04.14
  • 2020 – Breaks Australian Record over 5000m in 14:43.80
  • 2020 – Breaks Australian and Area Record for 1500m in 4:00.42
  • 800m – 2.03.78 – Portland, OR USA – 19th July 2019
  • 1500m – 4:00.34 – Berlin, GER – 13th September, 2020
  • One Mile – 4:24.93 – Birmingham, UK – 18th August, 2019
  • 3000m – 8:56.61 (i) – Boston, USA – 28th February, 2020
  • 5000m – 14:43.80 (AR) – Monaco, MON – 14th August, 2020

Career Timeline – Key Results

23 years-old

The expectations were high of another Australian record when Hull lined up in the ISTAF meeting in Berlin, and she didn’t disappoint. A perfect race in which Laura Muir and Laura Weightman pushed the pace, Hull simply too advantage of the opportunity of a fast performance and pushed all the way to the line to record an Area and Australian record of 4:00.42 (just missing 2nd place, which was taken by Weightman in 4:00.09). Hull now ranks at 138th on the World All-Time ranking list for the event and 18th on the Commonwealth list.

23 years-old

Waiting patiently for a return to racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, Hull went into the Monaco Diamond League event with high expectations. It was with no surprise that she ended up walking away from the event with yet another Australian record, this time in the 5000m with a final time of 14:43.80. It wasn’t the biggest shock, as Hull had previously run an unofficial 8.41.80 PB over 3000m in Sydney (28th July), in what could only be described as horrendous conditions – wet and windy with the track literally flooded!

23 years-old

Hull opened her year with an impressive 4:04.14 Australian indoor record over the 1500m, winning the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, MA

22 years-old

Lining up for Australia in the 1500m at the World Championships was an amazing effort in itself, but Hull wasn’t ready to be pushed out in the heats. A 4:08.71 for 5th place in her heat in Doha was enough for her to advance to the semi finals. There she would run the race of her life, recording a new PB of 4:01.80, which saw her just miss the final. Her international career was off an away.

22 years-old

In Berlin at the ISTAF meeting, Hull showcased her increased strength over the longer distances, with a superb 15:00.32 PB over the 5000m (placing 4th). All was in readiness for a big push at the World Championships in Doha.

22 years-old

Only three weeks after her PB at the NCAA Championships, Hull was offered a spot on the start list for the Prefontaine Classic (which was her debut at a Diamond League event). Hull exceeded all expectations by smashing her PB over 1500m, with a 4:02.62 performance to place a very credible 7th. 18 days later she flew over to compete at the Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham, UK. There Hull produced another PB, this time over the mile in 4:24.93.

22 years-old

Went into the NCAA Championships in the 1500m as favourite and was only beaten by a Championship Record breaking performance from Sinclaire Johnson of Oklahoma State (who ran 4:05.98). Hull produced a PB of 4:06.27, suggesting that a spot on the Australian team for the World Championships was not completely out of the question.

21 years-old

Only four years after fellow Australian Linden Hall places third in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships, Hull produces a career best performance in winning the NCAA 1500m title in 4:08.75. This came after running a PB of 4:10.09 in the semi final two days earlier.

21 years-old

Makes another breakthrough in the 1500m, this time recording a PB of 4:10.46 for 4th place at the Azusa Bryan Clay Invitational. Sends a warning ahead of the NCAA Championships in June.

21 years-old

Runs first sub 9:00.00 3000m, this time indoors at the Seattle Husky Classic, running 8:58.50 (OT) for second place. Two weeks later, also indoors, runs a very fast mile in 4:31.76 (OT).

20 years-old

Starts to find her feat on the College circuit, running a PB over 1500m of 4:13.48, before going onto place 3rd at the Pac-12 Championships. Missed out on making the NCAA finals, but did end the season with a 4:14.78 1500m at the Portland Track Festival.

17 years-old

Places seventh at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in the United States. Produces career highlight by running a PB of 9:08.85 in the 3000m final (won by Mary Cain).

17 years-old

Smashed 3000m PB by over 21 seconds, producing a 9:20.52 that would see her on the plane for the World Juniors in 2014.

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About the author : Chris Wainwright

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