Hill flourished on the track

Former Marauder Todd Hill to be inducted in to MHS Hall of Fame April 13

Through his four years at Monache High School, Todd Hill was one of the most decorated athletes on campus, participating in football and wrestling, and earning a Valley championship in track.

Hill is being honored and inducted in to the third class of the Monache High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 13, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Porterville.

As the second youngest in a family of six boys, Hill grew up playing sports with his brothers. His parents, Gary and Linda, encouraged all of their boys to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities. Hill attended many of his older brothers’ events, and his dad would explain the nuances of the sports and interject applicable life lessons as well. Those early years showed Hill how hard work, discipline and mental toughness usually prevail over talent alone.  

At Monache, Hill participated in football and track for four years and wrestling for two years. He earned a total of eight varsity letters and was awarded Most Valuable Player on three occasions.  He played cornerback for the 1981 East Yosemite League champion football team and wrestled for the 1981 Yosemite Division champion wrestling team. He won the Scholar Athlete of the Year Award all four years and received the Double M Award as the most outstanding senior athlete.  

Hill loved football and wrestling but excelled as a distance runner.  To reach his goal of becoming a Valley (Central Section) champion, he gave up wrestling after his sophomore year to focus his training on track. That proved to be a good decision.  During his track career at Monache, Hill was a four-time EYL champion, three-time South Area champion, and four-time Central Section medalist in the 3,200-meter race. As a senior, Hill won the Valley championship and placed sixth at the Southern California Regionals with a time of 9 minutes, 11.91 seconds, a school record that still stands over 35 years later. He qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships twice, placing 22nd as a sophomore and 14th as a junior.  He was denied the opportunity to race at the State meet his senior year when the CIF added two regional meets between the Valley and State Championships for only that one year.  However, Hill’s time at the Southern California Regionals would have placed him ninth at the state meet.

After high school, Hill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and began his career with Granite Construction Company in Santa Cruz, CA where he met his wife Lina. Hill and Lina were married in 1993 and raised their now 21-year old twins Kayla and Jared in Clovis. Hill has worked for Granite Construction Company for 30 years and is currently Vice President, Region Manager in Tucson, AZ. 

The Monache Hall of Fame awards dinner will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building on April 13. Tickets are currently available for purchase at the Student Activities window at Monache High School. Individual tickets may be purchased at a cost of $50 per person, or tables of eight may be purchased for $350.

This year’s program features a happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m., dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. The induction ceremony, along with inductee visuals, will begin at 7 p.m.

This year’s inductees are Todd Hill 1983, (football, wrestling, track and field), Ryan Todd 1986, (water polo, basketball, swimming), Mike Fusco 1986, (water polo, basketball, swimming), Valerie Cowan Townsend 1986, (volleyball, basketball, track and field), Coach Drew Williams 1973-1997, (wrestling) and the 1996 Valley Champion girls water polo team.

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