Hill Breaks Own School Record in 1,500 Meters
July 9, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State All-American Ryan Hill has taken his talents to an international audience.
While Furst completes the defense of his doctoral thesis in electrical engineering in Saarbruecken, Germany, Hill and Roberts ran the first of possibly five races they plan on running over the next several weeks in Belgium and Holland.
Hill didn’t disappoint, improving on the school record he set at the men’s 1,500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June. He won his section of the main draw of the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, the Netherlands, on Saturday night with a time of 3:38.36. Hill, who just completed his junior season at NC State, is running in the open meet as a collegiate runner, representing NC State, and is not eligible for gifts or prizes.
“I felt very good about the time, considering we had just gotten off the plane two days before and didn’t have a lot of time to acclimate to the area,” Hill said via email.
Roberts, a Raleigh native who completed his eligibility at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June, also won his section of the 1,500 meters, which was Heat 2 of the National division, with a personal best time of 3:46.11.
Hill originally set the 1,500-meter school record as a redshirt freshman, then improved on it multiple times this season. His previous best time was 3:39.58 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., earlier this year. He finished third in the finals of the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.
The Hickory, N.C., native also finished fifth in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, which served as the national championships for this year.
Hill, a three-time All-American in cross country, has exhausted his eligibility in that sport, but has one season remaining in both indoor and outdoor track and field. He is racing internationally this summer in lieu of a cross country season in the fall.
He has his sights set on even faster times as he continues to run in Belgium against world-class fields that are tuning up for the 2012 London Olympics, which start later this month.
Hill and Roberts will run in the 1,500 meters in Kortrijk, Belgium, on July 14 and in Gent, Belgium, on July 18. They will run in the 5,000 meters in Ninove, Belgium, on July 21. They may possibly add another race on July 25.