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All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Track and Field: Golden Valley's Azaria Hill

Hill is bucking SCV tradition and finding success in the sprints

Posted: June 17, 2013 9:11 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 9:11 p.m.

Golden Valley freshman Azaria Hill won four Foothill League titles. Photo by Dan Watson/The Signal

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The advancement of girls distance runners in the Santa Clarita Valley are well documented (See Saugus girls cross country and seven straight state titles).

But Golden Valley freshman Azaria Hill wants to take a different path to greatness — through sprinting.

She’s off to a pretty good start to her high school career.

Hill won four Foothill League track and field titles this season, more than any boy or girl athlete in the league.

She claimed individual victories in the 100 and 200 meter races and ran a leg in both the league champion 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays to help Golden Valley win its first girls track and field league crown in school history.

Already, Hill owns school records in the 100 at 11.87 seconds and the 200 at 24.82 seconds. That all collectively makes her The Signal's 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

And she’s trying to work toward running the 400, the same event her mother, Denean Hill, ran in her heyday when she competed in three Olympic Games.

Denean now trains Azaria.

If asked, Azaria Hill won’t shy away from talking about her ambitions. She wants to make history in the sport and she wants to break more records. Not just school records.

Azaria got a taste of the high level of competition she’ll face in Southern California when she competed at the CIF-Southern Section finals.

Her best finish was fourth place in the 100-meter Division II final in 11.95, which was seven-hundredths of a second short of advancing her to the next stage of the grueling road to the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

Also in the Division II finals, she took seventh in the 200 and was part of a sixth-place showing in the 4x100 relay.

That marked the end of an inredible freshman campaign for the 14-year-old, who is still oozing with potential.

Historically, the SCV has seen its high school athletes win state titles in the 800-meter and both hurdles and field events.

A few have come close in long-distance races.

But a pure sprinter isn’t something this valley is used to seeing. Azaria Hill isn’t afraid to try go where no one has gone before.

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