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    Hill Breaks American Collegiate Record for Indoor 3,000 Meters

    Feb. 11, 2012

    Watch Ryan Hill's record-breaking run in the above video.

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State junior Ryan Hill unofficially broke the American collegiate record for the 3,000-meter run, smashing the previous record set by Oregon's Galen Rupp. Since Hill's time was run on an oversized track, his performance is not officially recognized as a new record.

    Competing in the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, the five-time All-American from Hickory, N.C., ran a time of 7:43.08 at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Track, beating Northern Arizona's Diego Estrada by more than 1 ½ seconds.

    The time far exceeds Hill's previous best in the event: last year at this same race, he broke the NC State and ACC record with a time of 7:50.38.

    Heading into the final lap, Hill trailed Estrada by a few strides, as he had most of the race, and was losing distance. The two were running 62 seconds per 400 meters, so they knew the overall time would be close to Hill's previous best mark. With about 600 meters to go, Hill increased his pace and pulled even with Estrada and the two runners matched strides for a few moments.

    "I looked over and saw that he didn't have a lot left, so I went off on a little kick and pulled away from him," Hill said.

    He wasn't expecting what he saw on the electronic clock when he crossed the finish line.

    "I was pretty shocked," Hill said. "I went into the race hoping to get the NCAA automatic qualifying time (7:52.00). I did a double take when I saw 7:43 pop up on the clock.

    "It was pretty hard to fathom."

    Head coach Rollie Geiger didn't see his three-time cross country All-American and two-time track All-American break the record. He was with other runners in Boston at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. He knew, however, the magnitude of the accomplishment.

    "This is huge for Ryan and huge for our program," Geiger said. "This is a great accomplishment by a kid from here in North Carolina who has a great future ahead of him."

    Hill's teammate, senior Bobby Moldovan, won his section in the race and finished 15th overall with a time of 8:02.69.

    For Hill, setting the record was an unexpected treat for his brief trip to the West Coast. But it also earned him a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho, in March.

    "Ultimately, 7:43 is just a number," Hill said. "My goal is to get back to the NCAA championships and do something there."

    Overall, it was a busy day for the Wolfpack men's and women's track teams, competing in four different indoor meets.

    At the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., redshirt freshman Jule Rich was third in the weight throw, posting a mark of 58-feet, 10-inches, followed by teammates Grant Pearce in sixth and 13th.

    Junior Kris Kornegay-Gober was seventh in the championship high jump section with a leap of 7-feet, 1-inch.

    At the Valentine Invitational in Boston, the women's distance medley relay team of Kenyetta Iyevbele, Tiayonna Blackmon, Deanna Foshee and Erin Mercer won the event with a time of 11:38.69. Redshirt freshman Matt Sonnenfeldt was third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:08.38, followed by Patrick Campbell in sixth and Brian Himelright in seventh.

    In Winston-Salem, N.C., in the first collegiate meet at the newly opened JDL Fast Track, senior Taylor Graham was fifth in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.92 seconds. In the women's 200 meters, freshman Sharese Roberts was seventh with a time of 26.24 seconds, while sophomore Colleen McGuire was eighth at 26.30 seconds.

    Flotrack Husky Classic
    Dempsey Indoor Track
    NC State's results
    1. Ryan Hill  7:43.08 (American collegiate record)
    15. Bobby Moldovan 8:02.69

    Valentine Invitational
    Boston University Track and Tennis Center
    Boston, Mass.
    NC State's Day 2 results

    Women's distance medley relay
    1. North Carolina St.  'A'                            11:38.69
         1) Iyevbele, Kenyetta              2) Blackmon, Tiayonna
         3) Foshee, Deanna                  4) Mercer, Erin         

    Men's 3,000 meters
    3. Matt Sonnenfeldt    8:08.38
    6. Patrick Campbell    8:10.58
    7. Brian Himelright    8:11.71
    19. Michael Mansy      8:19.35
    30. Bryan Spreitzer    8:24.85

    Tyson Invitational
    Randal Tyson Track Center
    Fayetteville, Ark.
    NC State's Day 2 Results

    Women's triple jump
    15. Karimah Shepherd   38' 6"
    --  Jazueline Daniels        Foul

    Men's triple jump
    9. Kwame Boatwright     49' 11"
    12. Rueben Malone        48' 0"

    Women's weight throw
    7. Lawanda Henry            57' 8.50"
    13. Kortney Pearce          55' 4.25"

    Men's weight throw
    3. Jule Rich                          58' 10"
    6. Grant Pearce                 56' 11.25"
    13. Nathaniel Williams    49' 6.25"

    Women's 200m
    -- Paige Eley                       DQ

    Men's high jump (championship)
    7. Kris Kornegay-Gober                 7' 1"

    JDL Fast Track Collegiate Invitational
    JDL Fast Track
    Winston-Salem, N.C.
    NC State's results

    Women's 60m hurdles
    5.Taylor Graham                            8.92       

    11. Kerrie Davis                                 9.28

    Women's 800m
    7. Amira Chowyuk    2:17.41
    14. Foshee, Erin (unat)2:21.12
    22. View, Brittany     2:24.76

    Men's 60m
    12. Bryan Underwood                 6.99q
    14. Bryan Underwood                 7.03f
    32. C.J. Wilson                                7.12

    Women's 400m
    24. Stephanie Ellis                         1:03.44

    Men's 400m
    20. Kevin Permenter                   51.39
    43. Dorian Crawford                     53.15

    Women's 200m
    7. Sharese Roberts   26.24
    8. Colleen McGuire  26.30
    15. Morgan Love       26.65
    27. Stephanie Ellis     27.61        




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