16-year-old Candace Hill sets high school girls 100-meter dash record
High school sophomore Candace Hill set a girls high school record for the 100-meter dash while running 10.98 (+2.0m/s) at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Saturday.
The performance also ranks as a world youth best and American junior record. Hill is also currently tied for the 10th-fastest in the world. Her time would have placed her seventh at the 2012 Olympic final in London.
The 16-year-old just finished her sophomore year at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga.
Hill’s latest performance did not shock many within the sport, as she won last weekend’s Adidas Dream 100 in 11.21 against a tough field. She is a five-time high school national champion and owns the Georgia state record in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.
If the same provisions of the Olympic charter are followed as they were before 2012, Hill would be eligible to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio as a youth athlete if she makes the U.S. team at the Olympic Trials.
Hill also holds a 4.5 GPA as a student. Her family recently set up a page to help fund her travel to the IAAF World Youth Championships later this summer in Cali, Colombia.
- Christopher Chavez