By Amy Freeze

Thursday, June 16, 2016 06:07PM


If Candace Hill is a name you haven’t heard of, you will soon. And that’s because the talented 16-year-old track star is being mentioned in the same sentences as Usain Bolt.

She just turned pro, with the title of the fastest girl in the world. And new technology is predicted to make her even faster.

The 17-year-old from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Georgia, recently ran the 100-meter dash in 10.98 seconds, becoming the first female youth runner (under 18) to break the 11-second barrier.

“People say, ‘You’re the fastest girl in the world,’ I’m just like, wow, when I think about it,” she said. “I really am awesome to have the title. Now I have to uphold it.”

As a high school freshman, Hill broke to Georgia state track records previously held by now professional runners.

“When I realized that, I just got better and better,” she said.

After homework and prom this month, she’s going for the Olympic team, and with her speed, possibly even a medal. So what is the teenager’s record-breaking charm? She trains hard, blocks out the haters and enjoys a ritualistic race day meal.

“I kind have rituals for breakfast,” she said. “I always have Fruit Loops and blueberry muffins.”

Everything is focused on speed, from head to toe, and Hill is using technology called Flyte Foam in the ASICs lab in Japan. There, shoe science is allowing runners to take flight, literally creating a bounce from organic fibers that allow for fast leg turnover.

“Having a shoe that makes me feel faster in practice will help me be faster in competition,” Hill said.

Momentum is on her side, but she knows it’s up to her to turn her hard work into lasting success.

Johnny Bailey