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    Hill Breaks 4-Minute Mile, Sets 4th School Record
    Junior Ryan Hill
    Junior Ryan Hill

    Feb. 3, 2012

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. - NC State junior All-American Ryan Hill of Hickory, N.C., broke the longest-standing mark in the Wolfpack track and field record book and became the first runner in school history to break the four-minute mile.

    Hill, running in his first indoor track meet of the season, easily won the mile run at the Virginia Tech Elite meet, posting a record-breaking time of 3:58.33, to claim his fourth school record in indoor and outdoor track. Hill, a two-time ACC champion in the 10,000 meters, had previously set school marks in the indoor 3,000 meters (7:50.78), the outdoor 1,500 meters (3:40.22) and the outdoor 5,000 meters (13:31.67).

    Hill's time also broke the Rector Field House record set by Brazil's Hudson Souza in 2001.

    Hill, who earned his third All-America award in cross country in the fall, had not competed in any running event since the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November.

    "It was a good, strong race," Hill said afterwards. "I wanted to set a good pace of 60 seconds per 200 meters and stayed pretty close to that for the entire race. At the halfway point, I was leading and on pace, so I tried to stay steady until the last lap."

    Hill looked up to see his split time at 3:30 heading into the final lap so he knew he had to run his fastest lap of the race to break four minutes.

    "I just did an all-out kick starting at 200 meters and got in just over 28 seconds," Hill said. "It felt pretty good."

    Hill got help from teammate John Wolfe, who was running as an unattached participant. Wolfe set the pace for the first 800 meters and dropped out. The Wolfpack was well represented in the race, with a total of 11 uniformed runners and three unattached participants. Senior Bobby Moldovan and junior Brian Himelright were third and fourth, respectively, behind Hill.

    The previous record was held by four-time All-American Jim Wilkins, who ran a 4:00.05 mile in an outdoor race at NC State's Derr Track in the spring of 1973. Hill came within two seconds of that mark at the same event in Blacksburg last year, but couldn't quite eclipse it.

    Hill now sets his sights on next weekend's Husky Classic, where he set the school record in the 3,000 meters last season. He's looking to get an NCAA automatic qualifying time off 7:52.50.

    In other events on Friday, junior jumper Karimah Shepherd of Chesapeake, Va., won the long jump with a mark of 19-feet, 9-inches for her second win of the season. Freshman Rueben Malone of Lillington, N.C., was fourth in the men's long jump with a mark of 23-feet, 7 ½-inches.

    In the women's mile, redshirt freshman Laura Hoer of Asheville, N.C. was fourth with a time of 4:54.93, followed by Joanna Thompson at 4:58.93. Deanna Foshee of Cary, N.C., and Tiayonna Blackmon of Rock Hill, S.C. also finished in the top 10.

    Junior Erin Mercer and sophomore Samantha Norman were second and third, respectively, in the women's 3,000 meters.

    The two-day meet concludes on Saturday. Live results are available at

    Rector Field House
    Blacksburg, Va.
    NC State's Day 1 Results

    Women's mile
    4. Laura Hoer                FR 4:54.93
    6. Joanna Thompson           FR 4:58.93
    9. Deanna Foshee             FR 5:06.15
    10. Tiayonna Blackmon        SR 5:09.86
    -- Kenyetta Iyevbele         SO  DNF

    Men's mile
    1. Ryan Hill                 JR  3:58.33*
    2. Ryan Hagen                JR  4:04.18
    3. Bobby Moldovan            SR  4:04.63
    4. Brian Himelright          JR  4:04.93
    5. Sandy Roberts(Unattached)     4:05.33
    9. Matt Sonnenfeldt          SO  4:08.08
    16. Graham Crawford(Unattached)  4:11.50
    21. Michael Mansy             FR 4:13.45
    22. Bryan Spreitzer           FR 4:15.21
    26. Matt Schick               FR 4:18.64
    27. John Harwell              FR 4:18.87
    30. Patrick Campbell          JR 4:20.81
    33. Trey Geiger               FR 4:24.48
    -- John Wolfe (Unattached)    DNF

    Women's 60-meter hurdles
    10. Taylor Graham             SR 9.05
    15. Kerrie Davis              SO 9.43

    Women's 60 meters
    20. Paige Eley                JR 7.72        

    Men's 60 meters
    9. Tobias Palmer             JR 6.88
    14. Bryan Underwood          FR 7.08
    16. C.J. Wilson              JR 7.18

    Women's 800 meters
    10. Anna Gillespie            JR 2:14.87
    12. Marika Walker             SR 2:16.18
    13. Erin Foshee (Unattached)     2:16.63
    16. Amira Chowyuk             SR 2:19.98
    25. Brittany View             SR 2:23.73

    Women's 3,000 meters
    2. Erin Mercer               JR 9:49.58
    3. Samantha Norman           SO 9:55.38
    5. Jordan Jenkins            SO 10:08.83
    11. Halsey Merritt           SO 10:19.61
    -- Andie Cozzarelli (Unattached)DNF
    -- Lauren Doherty            SO DNF

    Men's 400-meter invitational
    4. Daniel Fretz              JR 49.59

    Women's 200-meter open
    11. Paige Eley                JR 25.33
    25. Colleen McGuire           SO 26.24
    26. Kerrie Davis              SO 26.29
    27. Sharese Roberts           FR 26.30
    31. Taylor Graham             SR 26.53
    33. Morgan Love               FR 26.59
    36. Stephanie Ellis           JR 27.02
    39. Shelby Phillips           JR 28.35

    Men's 200-meter open
    10. Martin DeFrancesco        FR 22.71
    14. Tobias Palmer             JR 22.82
    16. Kevin Permenter           FR 22.89
    20. Bryan Underwood           FR   23.44
    21. Dorian Crawford           SO   23.51
    24. C.J. Wilson               JR   23.56

    Women's long jump
    1. Karimah Shepherd          JR 19-09.00

    Men's long jump
    4. Rueben Malone             FR 23-07.50
    11. Carl Marant              FR 20-11.25

    Women's weight throw
    6. Kortney Pearce            FR 57-07.00
    9. Tremanisha Taylor         FR 54-08.00

    Men's weight throw
    10. Grant Pearce              SR 59-05.00
    13. Nathaniel Williams        SO 56-05.25
    14. Jule Rich                 FR 55-02.25




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