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Girl with local ties to run track at Duke

Jasmine Hill has committed to run track at the college level for Duke University.

Jasmine Hill has committed to run track at the college level for Duke University.

Almost one year ago, Jasmine Hill, daughter of Isabella graduates Chris and Carla Hill, traveled to the Birmingham Crossplex to compete in the 2013 AAU Indoor National Championship.

It was the first time some of her Alabama relatives would get the opportunity to see her run, and she didn’t disappoint, coming away with three national titles (in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters).

Since then, her accomplishments in the classroom as well as the track have provided her the opportunity to be recruited by some of the best schools in the country. There were schools from the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Conference USA, Big East, and Ivy League that were interested in having Jasmine attend their respective schools as a student-athlete. After a number of calls, email and visits, she ended her recruitment and committed to Duke University.

This comes as exciting news not only to her parents, but also to her relatives in and around Chilton County. Her great-grandmother, Marie Mahaffey, lives in Thorsby. Her grandfather, the Rev. Calvin Campbell, lives in Alabaster; and her grandmother, Elizabeth Hill, is a resident of Clanton.

Jasmine is in her senior year at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va. and will join the Blue Devils in the fall.