Candace Hill

Candace Hill (born February 11, 1999) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 100 metres and 200 metres. She has graduated from Rockdale County High School. She became the world's first high school woman to break the 11-second barrier clocking 10.98 in the 100 meters sprint at the 2015 Brooks PR Invitational on 21 June 2015 in Shoreline, Washington, United States.Watch the 100m race here Milesplit. June 21, 2015.[2][3] Her mark, quickly ratified, is the world youth best, the terminology for world record among athletes before the year of their 18th birthday. She will remain eligible for that division through 2016. Since the mark was set outside of the sanctioned NFHS season, the mark is not eligible for the NFHS High School Record. Out of season marks like this are recognized by Track and Field News which has not yet published it as the National High School Record. Candace Hill is the first US high school female to run under 11.10 for 100 meters.[4]

Four days later she was named the Gatorade National Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She is only the second sophomore to receive the award, after Marion Jones.[5] She was also Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 2015.[6] On 1 July 2015, she won the Youth qualifying championship in Lisle, Illinois by a quarter of a second,[7] which entitled her to run at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Cali, Colombia, where she took the world title at 100 meters and set the championship meet record at 11.08 (+0.0 m/s).[8] A couple of days later, she completed the sprint double by also winning the 200 meters with a personal best time of 22.43 (-0.7 m/s).

On December 17, 2015, Candace Hill turned professional with ASICS ten-year contract, skipping college athletics.[9][10]

In 2016, Candace missed 4 months of training and won 2016 USA Junior Championships prelim in 200 meters in 22.76, won prelim and finals in 100 meters in 11.24.[11][12] A week later, Candace Hill placed 14th in 23.05 in 200 meters at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) (22.93 in prelim). US sprint sensation Candace Hill’s championship record of 11.07 (0.9 m/s) to take the women’s 100m IAAF World U20 Championships title at 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships and ran anchor leg of 4x100 meters on a team who won gold in 43.69.[13][14][15]

Candace Hill
Candace Hill 2016
Personal information
BornFebruary 11, 1999 (age 20)
Conyers, Georgia, United States
ResidenceConyers, Georgia, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight130 lb (59 kg)
SportTrack and field
Turned pro2015[1]
Coached byTony Carpenter[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)


Personal bests

Event Time (s) Wind (m/s) Competition Venue Date Notes
100 meters 10.98 +2.0 Brooks PR Invitational Shoreline, Washington June 20, 2015 U17/U18 WB U20 WL U20 NR
200 meters 22.43 −0.7 World Youth Championships Cali, Colombia July 19, 2015 U17/U18 WB U20 WL CR
22.38 +2.1 Star Athletics Sprint Series Montverde, Florida June 11, 2016 w
4 × 100 meters relay 43.69 n/a World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland July 23, 2016 U20 WL

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2015 World Youth Championships Cali, Colombia 1st 100 meters 11.08 s CR
1st 200 meters 22.43 s U17/U18 WB U20 WL CR
2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 100 meters 11.07 s U18/U20 WL CR
1st 4 × 100 meters relay 43.69 s U20 WL PB

National titles

  • USA Junior Championships
    • 100 meters: 2016, 2017


  1. ^ a b c Chavez, Christopher (17 December 2015). "Fastest U.S. high school sprinter Candace Hill turns professional". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ Jon Mulkeen (20 June 2015). "Hill breaks world youth 100m best and American junior record with 10.98". IAAF. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ JOHN WALTERS' Newsweek article on Candace Hill's 2015 season Newsweek. June 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "IAAF Inside Athletics - Season 4 - Episode 09 - Candace Hill". IAAF Ato Boldon interview before 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. August 30, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  5. ^ [1] USA Today. December 2015.
  6. ^ 2015 High School athlete of the year Archived 2015-11-26 at the Wayback Machine Track and Field News. December 2015.
  7. ^
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  9. ^ "16-Year-Old Sprints Right Into Professional Track". New York Times. December 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Fastest U.S. high school sprinter Candace Hill turns professional". Sports Illustrated. December 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Larry Eder interviews Candace Hill RunBlogRun. December 19, 2016.
  12. ^ 2016 USA Junior Championships Results - 6/24/2016 to 6/26/2016 Veteran's Memorial Stadium - Clovis, California USATF. June 26, 2016.
  14. ^ IAAF World U20 Championships Women's 4 x 100 meters Results IAAF. July 23, 2016.
  15. ^ Recap of IAAF World U20 Championships Women's 4 x 100 meters IAAF. July 23, 2016.

External links

Preceded by
Myles Marshall
USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Sydney McLaughlin
2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics

The 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics was the ninth edition of the biennial international athletics competition for youth (under-18) athletes. The five-day competition took place between 15–19 July at the Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero stadium in Cali, Colombia. Eligible athletes were aged 16 or 17 on 31 December 2015 (born in 1998 or 1999).

2016 IAAF World U20 Championships

The 2016 World U20 Championships in Athletics was an international athletics competition for athletes qualifying as juniors (born no earlier than 1 January 1997) due to take place at Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland on 19–24 July 2016. It was the first time the competition had been held under the new name, having previously been known as World Junior Championships in Athletics.

The championships were originally awarded to Kazan, Russia before the hosting rights were withdrawn as a result of ARAF being suspended by the IAAF. Since then, three cities expressed an interest in hosting the championships; on 7 January 2016, the decision was made to reallocate the championships to Bydgoszcz as it was the only city to submit a bid.The medal table was topped by the United States with 11 gold, 6 silver, and 4 bronze medals, followed by Kenya and Ethiopia.

2016 IAAF World U20 Championships – Women's 100 metres

The women's 100 metres event at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships was held at Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium on 20 and 21 July.

2016 IAAF World U20 Championships – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

The women's 4 × 100 metres relay event at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships was held at Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak Stadium on 22 and 23 July.

2017 World Youth Championships in Athletics – Girls' 100 metres

The Girls' 100 metres at the 2017 World Youth Championships in Athletics was held on 12-13 July.

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Donald Sage

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IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics

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Khalifa St. Fort

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Born in the United States to Tamika St. Fort, a native of San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, she grew up in Miami, Florida and attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. She took up track and field at the age of thirteen, joining Miramar Optimist track and field club. While at high school she struggled to improve her sprinting and her father contacted Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic medalist for Trinidad and Tobago, for assistance. Boldon decided to coach St. Fort and after a month she improved her best from 12.3 to 11.5 seconds, making her one of the top ranked sprinters for her age group globally.St. Fort's first international competition came at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where the 100 m was seen as a duel between her and America's Candace Hill (who had recently broken the World youth best). St. Fort produced three personal bests at the competition, running 11.39, 11.24, then 11.19 seconds in the final to secure the silver medal behind Hill. A 100 m gold followed at the 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in the absence of Hill. Her last major outing of the year was a senior debut at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics. She was chosen as the relay alternate and competed in the heats of the 4×100 metres relay, where she broke the Trinidad and Tobago national record with a time of 42.24 seconds, anchoring a team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye and Reyare Thomas. In the final, she was replaced by Semoy Hackett and the team improved the record further in their bronze medal-winning run. The 17-year-old St. Fort received a bronze medal as the heats runner.

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