Dr. Thomas HillTrack & Field, 1966-77
Cohen High School/Arkansas State/1972 Olympics

Inducted: 1998

  • One of the best hurdlers in the world; qualified for the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 110-meter high hurdles and earned a bronze medal.
  • Grew up in the Magnolia Housing Project and attended Cohen High School, where he was a standout high jumper and earned a scholarship to Arkansas State - where he became a five-time NCAA All-American.
  • In the 1970 U.S. Track and Field Federation meet, he posted a world-record time of 13.1 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, though the wind speed denied him the official record.
  • Also during the 1970 season, he won the Drake Relays, the NCAA Indoor Championship (60-meter hurdles), the U.S. National Championships and the national AAU meet. Following the season, he won five of six races in Europe and was named the world's top hurdler by Track & Field News.
  • Suffered a knee injury and missed the entire 1971 season, but he returned to full strength against the odds and won the U.S. Olympic Trials.
  • In 1973, equaled his personal best of 13.2 to win the AAU Championship and finished second in 1974. In 1976, he won another AAU Championship, but was only a finalist in the 1976 Olympic Trials, narrowly missing making his second Olympic Team.
  • As of 2010, was a vice president at Iowa State University; click here for an alumni magazine story on Hill and his Olympic background.