Thomas Hill (athlete)

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Thomas Hill
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze 1972 Munich 110 metre hurdles

Thomas L. Hill (born 17 November 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former athlete, who mainly competed in the 110 metre hurdles.

Competitive career[edit]

Hill was among the world's best high hurdlers in the early 1970s and ranked as the number one in the event in the world in 1970. He competed for the United States in the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany, where he won the bronze medal in the men's 110 metre hurdles event.

Hill ran track for Arkansas State University where his best finish at the NCAA Championships was a second place in 1972.[1]

After graduating, Hill completed his ROTC active duty obligation serving as assistant track coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point while still competing in the hurdles.

Hill was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.[2][3]

Rankings[edit]

Hill was ranked among the top ten runners in his event in the world and the extremely competitive US by Track and Field News on numerous occasions and as the world's best high hurdler in 1970:[4][5]

Year World rank US rank
1969 - 10th
1970 1st 1st
1972 3rd 2nd
1973 2nd 2nd
1976 6th 5th

Post-competitive career[edit]

Following his retirement from the sport, Hill has pursued a career in athletic and academic administration. He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida and served as assistant athletic director at both Tulane University and University of Oklahoma. He later served as Dean of Students at Florida, before moving to his current role as Vice President for Student Affairs at Iowa State University.[6][7]

Hill's son Thomas was an all-star basketball player at Duke University in the 1990s including the 1991 and 1992 NCAA Championship teams.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Willie Davenport
United States Leon Coleman
Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance
1970
Succeeded by
United States Rodney Milburn

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