Nikki Hiltz

Birthday: 10/23/94 Mile PR: 4:25.4 (road) - 2019
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:01.52 - 2019
High School: Aptos HS
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
College: University of Arkansas '18
Current Residence: San Diego, CA

Team: The Mission Athletics Club

Nikki Hiltz, another young rising American star, won two road races in April 2019: B.A.A. Invite Mile (4:40.1) and Grand Blue Mile (4:29.7, personal, event and USA Championship records); she also earned her first national title at Grand Blue. In May at the USATF Distance Classic, Hiltz won the 1500 meters with a PR clocking of 4:07.71, and in June, she took the adidas Boost Games Mile, running 4:31.6 in Boston.

At the 2019 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Nikki placed third in the 1500, with a PR 4:03.55, to earn her first Team USA berth. In August, she won the 1500 gold medal in 4:07.14 at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.

Hiltz competed for the University of Oregon & University of Arkansas, where she was 7-time All-American. As an Oregon Duck, she was a 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships team member, and as a Razorback, finished 1500m runner-up at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

In high school, Hiltz won the 2012 California 1600 meter state title with a 4:42.45 clocking.

FUN FACT: Her given first name is Dominique.

Photo credit: Kevin Morris

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News

Mile star Nikki Hiltz’s parallel success stories

August 28, 2019

“When my career is over and all said and done, I want to be remembered as more than just a good athlete. I believe this motivates me to run faster. The faster I run the more people I’m going to reach and the more lives I can potentially change.”

By Dave Hunter, Track & Field News

Last year,...

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Nikki Hiltz sprints to 1500 gold at Pan Am Games

August 09, 2019

Aptos High alum victorious in first international race in Lima, Peru

By Julie Jag, Santa Cruz Sentinel

It turns out that Nikki Hiltz runs just as fast on international soil as she does at home.

Hiltz of Aptos cruised to victory in the 1500 meters at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on...

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Hurt, Hiltz Kick to Victory at USATF 1 Mile Road Championships

April 23, 2019

At Grand Blue Mile, event and championship record for Hiltz, men's photo finish; $27,500 prize purse awarded; also first stop on BBTM Grand Prix Tour presented by Running Warehouse

Contributed by Scott Bush, USATF, and Drake Athletic Communications

DES MOINES, Iowa – Deep fields led to...

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Aptos native Nikki Hiltz wins B.A.A. Mile race

April 18, 2019

“I think the crowd brought me home and it was a super close finish."

By Juan Reyes, Register-Pajaronian

Nikki Hiltz made her first-ever trip to Boston to compete at the Boston Athletic Association Invitational Mile last Saturday and did what she’s been doing throughout her prestigious running...

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The Grind & Intensity of a Pro Runner’s Day: Eat, Run, Repeat

April 09, 2019

“How you deal with the low days determines your success in this sport. It makes you who you are.”

From Runner's World / adidas

Every runner knows that you stand on the podium alone, but getting there takes support. Nikki Hiltz aspires to stand there one day as a top-3 American Miler, but the...

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B.A.A. Invitational Mile Features Rising Stars

April 05, 2019

Top local talent also showcased at Scholastic Mile races; $14,500 Open prize purse

BOSTON - The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced an elite field of world class competitors for the 2019 B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday morning, April 13, two days before the 123rd...

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Love on the Run

May 31, 2012

Dan Gruber raises generations of Milers on the Central California Coast

By Jon Gugala, Bring Back the Mile contributing writer

Editors Note: On June 3, junior Nikki Hiltz won the California State Meet at 1600 meters. Jon Gugala spoke to Hiltz shortly after who commented that "it was the best...

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Top High School Athletes Added to adidas Dream Mile

April 25, 2012

Brad Nye, Wesley Frazier lead the field for June 9 event in New York City

NEW YORK – (April 25, 2012) – Seven high school athletes have been added to the adidas Dream Mile as part of the adidas Grand Prix set for Saturday, June 9 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. The adidas Dream Mile draws...

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