Hill Shatters School Record in Mile in Ireland Race
July 26, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State All-American Ryan Hill completed his European summer running schedule with his best race yet, shattering the school record for the outdoor mile with a time of 3:56.78 in the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday night.
His mark surpasses the previous record of 4:00.5 set by Jim Wilkins in an outdoor mile in 1973 at NC State’s Derr Track. It’s also the second time Hill has run a sub-four-minute mile this year. He set the school record for the indoor mile in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 3 with a time of 3:58.33.
The rising senior from Hickory, N.C., finished fifth overall in the race at Morton Stadium as the entire top 10 eclipsed the four-minute mark. In a dramatic and controversial end, Will Leer edged out fellow American David Torrance for the win, as the top seven runners were within 1.5 seconds of the two leaders.
Hill’s record-breaking performance capped a successful summer abroad, in which he broke school records in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters.
He broke the 1,500-meter mark (3:38.36) on July 7 at the KBC Huesden Night of Athletics in Belgium and in the 5,000 meters (13:26.34) five days ago in Ninove, Belgium.
Hill has won seven All-America honors and eight ACC individual and relay titles. He owns school records in the indoor and outdoor mile, the outdoor 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters and the indoor 3,000 meters.
He finished fifth at NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3,000 meters and third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1,500 meters and was fifth at the Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters.
Hill, a three-time All-American and the defending ACC champions in men’s cross country, has completed his eligibility in that sport, but has one year of eligibility remaining in indoor and outdoor track.
Morton Games - Men's Mile
Ryan Hill’s personal bests
1500m 3:38.36 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 7/7/2012