Track is my field: Mark Cullen's international track and field blog featuring storytelling, commentary, and predictions and event analyses for the Olympics and World Championships. I'm writing from Rio de Janeiro and the 31st Summer Olympic Games. I'm active on twitter: @trackerati
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Shoreline Stunner: Hill's 100m US National High School Record
Sprint prodigy Candace Hill set the US National High School
100m record with her historic 10.98 at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, WA,
The 16-year-old became the youngest woman in the world ever to break 11.00 for 100m.
“I was hoping to run 11.1,” said the sensational sophomore
from Stockbridge, Georgia, “after running 11.21 into a headwind at adidas (New
Today’s wind was the maximum allowable 2.0 meters per second.
Hill had a national record on her mind as she shattered the
previous record of 11.10 set by Kaylin Whitney at the USA Junior Championships
in Eugene, OR, on July 5, 2014.
“I’ve been working on my start and my drive,” said Hill. “I
was pleased with my start, but it always could be better.”
While she was hoping for a personal best at the aptly named
Brooks PR Invitational, “… there was nothing in my training that said I’d run a
When asked if this race might alter her summer schedule, she
said, “World Youth is next.”
When asked if she instead might run
at USATF Senior Outdoor Nationals, she remained firm.
“World Youth is next,” she reiterated.
The understandably pleased Hill smiled and laughed
throughout her suddenly many interviews, but the import of her achievement settled even more
deeply when she was informed that her time today would have placed her 3rd*
in this year’s outdoor NCAA final.
asked, with an expression that was equal parts astonishment and surprise.
Hill’s time is also a World Youth (11.10, Whitney, above) and
American Junior (11.03, English Gardner, 14 May 2011) record.
*or 2nd depending on how the wind is factored
- birthdate: 11 February 1999