Candy Young (born May 21, 1962) is a retired American track and field athlete, known primarily for her success as a hurdler in high school. While attending Beaver Falls High School in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, she set numerous records that have stood since.
High school career
While running in the 1979 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mt. SAC in Walnut, California she set the National high school record for the 100 metres hurdles at 12.95 (with an aiding wind of 1.5 mps) over full size .84 m (2 ft 9 in). Just 26 days after her 17th birthday, that mark also still stands as the World Youth Best. Even the "best" for .764 m (2 ft 6 in) shorter hurdles is .13 slower. It also stands as the American Junior Record, tied ten years later by collegian Cinnamon Sheffield at altitude. Earlier in the 1979 season, she had set the World Youth Best for the indoor 50 metres hurdles 5.95 at a meet in Edmonton. That mark also still stands. She was Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Year for 1979.
College and Olympics
In 1980, she qualified for the ill-fated United States Olympic team, which did not participate due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott, by finishing third in the Olympic Trials. Barely over age 18, she was the second youngest hurdler to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team behind Constance Darnowski. Four years later, she finished 5th in the Olympic Trials, a step behind what looked like a 4 way tie for first place. She returned in 1988 but was unable to make it out of the semi-finals. In all three of her Olympic Trials attempts, she was bested by Benita Fitzgerald and current USATF President, Stephanie Hightower.