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Rockdale’s Hill named girls track athlete of year

The accolades continue to add up for Candace Hill.

Hill, who just completed a phenomenal freshman season at Rockdale, was named the Gatorade girl’s track and field athlete of the year, a first for the Conyers school.

The 5-8 standout won a pair of state championships at last month’s Class AAAAAA meet in Albany in record-setting fashion. In her 200-meter title run, Hill set the state record in 23.21, then in the 100 meters, the freshman sensation broke the meet record with a run of 11.44.

Hill wasn’t done. Last week, she bettered both times in winning titles in the 200 (23.14) and 100 (11.34) at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 200-meter time represented the nation’s No. 2 performance amongst prep competitiors.

“Candace is a coach’s dream,” Rockdale coach Venson Elder said in a press release. “She comes to practice every day ready to learn and get better. She is a quiet leader who takes pride in everything she does.”

The Gatorade player of the year program, in its 29th year, annually awards one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction 12 high school sports, including both girls and boys track and field. The company also awards one national player of the year in each sport, which will be announced later this month.

Hill, who in the fall will begin her sophomore year at Rockdale, joins previous Georgia girls track and field athletes, which includes Kendell Williams of Kell High School. Williams won the award in each of her four seasons at the Cobb County school (2009-2010 through 2012-2013), a feat Hill has a great chance of repeating.