Following in sister's footsteps, Hill makes name for herselfLion sophomore wins state 400-meter title
Belfast — Belfast Area High School sophomore Cassidy Hill may have impressive shoes to fill on the track, but she has done more than impress during her first few seasons competing in indoor and outdoor for the Lions.
Hill sprinted to the crown in the 400 meters at the state Class B indoor track championships Feb. 17 at Bates College in Lewiston for her first individual state title after seeing success at the conference championship level the past two seasons.
She won the state title with a time of 1:00.09.
Though she did not immediately jump for joy after she crossed the finish line before her competitors.
“I was really happy, but there was also a little bit of doubt because I didn't know if I was going to get disqualified,” she said. “But when I was called up to the podium stand [as the first-place finisher] it was really exciting.”
Hill said there was discussion at the finish line as to whether or not she had pushed another competitor during the race. Hill was then called to the podium and recognized as the state Class B 400 meter champion.
Hill “was really excited” after winning the state title, especially knowing the shoes she has to fill in the indoor and outdoor track worlds.
Cassidy Hill is the younger sister of Hannah Hill, who won the state indoor track championship for Belfast in the triple jump (35 feet, 8.75 inches) in indoor track as a senior in 2011 and won multiple Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B titles in various events over her career in indoor and outdoor.
However, Cassidy won her first state crown as a sophomore. And more could be in store for her on the horizon.
Cassidy admitted that Hannah's success is what drove her to participate in track.
“My sister was a good athlete so I wanted to try it out as well,” she said.
Cassidy is the second of four children, along with older sister Hannah and younger brother Jordan and Tyson, both of who also participate in track. Hill also plays soccer for Belfast in addition to indoor and outdoor track.
In addition to her state championship prowess, Hill also has a few KVAC Class B titles under her belt.
She won the KVAC title in the 400 meters and 200 meters and was the anchor on the 4x200-meter relay team, along with Alexis Racioppi, Ashley Flanders and Faith Beaulieu, that won the conference championship Feb. 8 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Her personal achievements aside, Cassidy said, “It's really fun to win with them [my relay teammates] because everyone gets really excited and you get to stand on the podium together.”
Cassidy also won the KVAC Class B title in the 400 meters (1:00.24) and 200 meters (26.35) at the outdoor championships last spring. She again was the anchor on the 4x200-meter relay team that finished second (4:15.24) at that meet.
If her accolades midway through her sophomore year are any indication, there likely will be much more success for Cassidy in both indoor and outdoor track in the coming years for the Lions.
Name: Cassidy Hill
Grade: Sophomore at Belfast Area High School.
Parents: Wes and Racquel Hill.
Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt.
Favorite personal moment in sports: Winning the state championship in the 400-meter at the state Class B indoor track championships.
Favorite course in school: English.
TV show you never miss: Survivor.
Favorite phone/computer app: Candy Crush.
What do you listen to on your iPod before competing: Not applicable.
Favorite movie: The Hunger Games.
Food you pig out on: Pizza.
Favorite book: “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins.
Vehicle I wish I was driving: Mustang.
Person you most want to meet (dead or alive): Usain Bolt.
Most influential people in your life: My parents.
Future plans: To be a doctor.
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