* Hana Moll was selected for the U.S. team headed to the World Championships in the pole vault
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Hana Moll is heading to the World Championships in Budapest for Team USA.
The recent Olympia Capital (WA) graduate and University of Washington signee finished third at the USATF Outdoor Championships in the pole vault in July, which positioned her well for a potential selection on the U.S. team heading to the World Championships from August 19-27.
The only gray area was that Moll needed a acceptable World ranking to be considered for the roster.
On Saturday, according to Moll's pole vault coach, that became official. Tim Reilly, the head coach at Northwest Pole Vault Club, confirmed on Instagram that Moll will be headed to the World Championships.
Moll is currently ranked 33rd in World points with 1,154. She is seventh in the pecking order of American vaulters according to that ranking.
Moll cleared 15 feet, 1.5 inches at USA Outdoors, raising her high school national record another inch and a half, and also is the reigning World U20 champion from 2022.
Moll is no stranger to high-level competitions, but her appearance in Budapest will be the biggest stage she's ever been on.
She's coming off a Nike Outdoor Nationals title in the pole vault, a win at the Washington state meet and victories at the Arcadia Invitational and the Oregon Relays.
Moll has cleared 4.57 meters or higher on two occasions. She's attempted 4.66m on several occasions, as well, but has come up short.
Moll will enter the World Championships as the third member of the U.S. team, along with defending World champion Katie Moon and Sandi Morris. She is currently ranked No. 19 in the world with a 4.61m mark.
The women's pole vault qualifying will begin on August 21, with the final progressing on August 23.