Aug. 7, 2003
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Former Washington All-American Aretha Hill, who in June captured her first U.S. discus title, earned the gold medal in the event Tuesday at the 2003 Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Hill's throw of 207 feet, 10 inches bettered by nearly seven feet the second-place throw of 201'-0" by Cuba's Ana Elis Fernandez.
The Pan Am title is the second for the Renton (Wash.) High School graduate, who also won the event in 1999, her first year of professional competition. During her outstanding career at Washington, Hill earned one Pac-10 title and four All-America honors, and qualified for the U.S. team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
As a junior, in 1998, Hill established a collegiate record in the discus with a throw of 215'-3", at the time the second-best ever by an American female thrower.
Since turning professional in 1999, she has finished among the top-three in the discus at the U.S. Senior National Championships four times, and has earned one U.S. discus title and two Pan Am Games gold medals.
Her North, South and Central American foes vanquished, Hill will set her sights on the world's best at the 2003 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, Aug. 22-31, in Paris, France.