Denean Howard

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Denean Howard
Medal record
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 4x400 m relay
Silver 1988 Seoul 4x400 m relay
Silver 1992 Barcelona 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Bronze 1987 Rome 4x400 m relay

Denean Elizabeth Howard-Hill (born October 5, 1964) is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.

At the Olympics she competed as Miss Howard in 1984, as Mrs. Howard-Hill in 1988, and as Mrs. Hill in 1992.

She competed for the United States, winning a Gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles as a member of the 4 x 400 metres relay team, running in the preliminary rounds[1] with her sister Sherri[2] running in the final. It was a reversal at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea in the 4 x 400 metres relay, where both sisters won the Silver medal, but Denean ran in the final with her team mates Diane Dixon, Valerie Brisco-Hooks and Florence Griffith Joyner. The team set the current standing American Record in the event, which is still the second best time ever run behind the winning Soviet team in that race.[3]

She is married to boxer, Virgil Hill; her son Virgil was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft, currently playing for the Class-A Batavia Muckdogs.[4]

Denean Howard and her 3 sisters gained fame in 1979 when the four of them teamed up to set the National High School record in the 4x440 yard relay for San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino.[5][6] That distance is now rarely run as the NFHS converted to metric distances, so the record still stands today. Later teams with Denean broke the record for the slightly shorter 4x400 metres relay, after sister Atra graduated and the rest of the family moved to Kennedy High School (Los Angeles).[7] Denean was the California High School Athlete of the Year at Kennedy in 1982, following in the footsteps of her sister Sherri.[8] Also following her sister, she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News, two years in a row.[9] Her 1982 52.39 was the NFHS national high school record for eighteen years, before it was beaten by Monique Henderson.[10] At age 15, she qualified for the ill-fated 1980 U.S. Olympic Team which was part of the 1980 Olympic Boycott[11] finishing behind sister Sherri at the United States Olympic Trials (track and field), the first sisters to make the Olympic team simultaneously in the same event.[12]

She is currently an assistant coach at the College of the Canyons.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Denean Howard-Hill Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. October 5, 1964. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sherri Howard Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". Sports-reference.com. June 1, 1962. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Al time list". Iaaf.org. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sports Southern California | PE.com – The Press-Enterprise". Blogs.pe.com. November 19, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gritten, David (March 24, 1980). "Here Come the Howards, the Top Sister Act in U.S. Sports". People. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "THE '80s A DECADE REVISITED : Athletes who began their careers in the Valley over the past 10 years have gone on to win Olympic gold medals, Cy Young Awards and world boxing titles. Team achievements included improbable champions and record winning streaks. But fights, strikes and firings also made the news – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. December 31, 1989. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "DyestatCal". DyestatCal. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Track and Field News High School AOY" (PDF). Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "National High School Record Book". Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ By HP-Time.com;B.J. Phillips Monday, July 7, 1980 (July 7, 1980). "Time". Time. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.canyons.edu/offices/athletics/mtrack/2009/09mtrackcoachingstaff.html

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