Men’s Track and Field (1972-75)
Inducted October 2007
Bob Hill’s story is one of local boy makes good. Born and raised in Ogden, Hill attended Ben Lomond High School where he was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, swimming as well as track and field. His track and field team his sophomore and junior seasons was Chick Hislop, also a member of the Weber State Athletic Hall of Fame.
Hill still holds the Ben Lomond school record in the javelin with a toss of 221-0. He placed second in state A meet in 1971 with a throw of 217. For his achievements, he was named the 1970-71 Gold Watch winner at Ben Lomond.
Upon graduation, Hill was offered a track scholarship to Weber State by Chick Hislop, who had left Ben Lomond to take over the Wildcat track and field program. He also had a partial scholarship to swim on the men’s swim squad for Coach Lynn Corbridge.
Hill enjoyed a sterling four-year career at Weber State, earning four varsity letters. In 1972, as a freshman, his toss of 234-8 was good enough for second place in the Big Sky finals behind Montana’s Craig Stiles, who still holds the Big Sky record in the “old javelin” at 255-10. During that freshman year, Hill had a career-best throw of 237-7, which qualified him for the 1972 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where he placed 19th. The throw is still the second-best in school history.
In 1973, Hill won the Big Sky Conference title with a toss of 233-7, then won the title again in 1974 with a throw of 227-2. In his senior season, he finished second, giving him 36 career points in the Big Sky outdoor championships.
Upon graduation, Hill entered into the banking business for two years. In 1977-78 he became the first full-time women’s track field and cross country coach at Weber State, a position he held for three years. One of his first recruits was a distance runner from Mexico – Carmen Garduno – also in the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Another of his proteges was a young javelin thrower/basketball player named Carla Taylor.
Following the 1979-80 season, Hill returned to the private sector and into the banking business in Utah and California. He owns and operates Century 21 Golden Spike Realty in Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties. He and his wife Shelly are the parents of four daughters: Natalie, Angie, Allison and Rebecca; and two sons: Chad and Colby.