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Mesabi East's Ava Hill Trains to Bring Giant Success to Minnesota Gophers

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: May 17, 2020 10:58 PM

Whether it's 400, 800, or 1600 meters, Ava Hill's feet seem to carry her across finish lines with ease.

Whatever the challenge, the Mesabi East senior has found success. In her time as a Giant, Hill qualified for state competitions in four sports, including swimming and basketball, while earning medals in cross country and track & field. 

"It took lots of training. Lots of focus, lots of pushing myself past where I thought I could go, just having no limits and no expectations," said Mesabi East senior Ava Hill.

This season Hill was on pace to win her fourth straight Class A state title in the 800 meter. However, the coronavirus would end the 2020 track season before it started. 

"I kept it in my mind that it was possible that we wouldn't have the spring season. I'm just going to keep training and train for the future now," said Hill.

The future for Hill will be maroon and gold. Along with her state titles in track, she also earned two fourth place finishes in Class A state cross country races.

Multiple colleges looked at the racing champion, but ultimately she signed to run cross country and track with the University of Minnesota.

It was the Division I program's welcoming teams and knowledgeable coaching staff that caught her attention.

"It was what I was working for pretty much my whole running career, so I was very excited," Hill said about joining the Gophers. 

Part of her successful training regime includes shooting hoops, which doubles as a hobby and her winter sport.

In 2018 she surpassed 1,000 career points on the hardwood, and it continued to be a good year for the future basketball team captain. 

She helped the program clinch their first Class AA state tournament appearance in 20 years, and won the 800 meter at state for the first time.

"It was a goal to place high at state," said Hill. "I didn't know if I would have been able to get first but when I did, I was surprised and just grateful for being able to be there and experience that."

Hill is never too far from sports. When she's not suited up in a Giant's jersey, she might be found playing in the band, "I play the alto saxophone, a little of the tenor [and] in marching band I played snare drum for two years."

During these uncertain times she said she's not sure what fall training in the Twin Cities will look like, but the future Gopher's passion and dedication to success remains unwavering.


Alicia Tipcke

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