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Eugene, Oregon

After Ryan Hill’s stunning victory in the men’s 5000 final at this year’s USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, a scribe asked the new titlist who he was. It was an inquiry that prompted a round of chuckles in the press tent.

But the truth is the 25 year-old Nike athlete – although not yet a household name – is quietly building a notable résumé. As a collegian at North Carolina State, Hill made commendable progress under the watchful eye of highly-respected Rollie Geiger and was a 7-time ACC champion and a 10-time All-American. As a member of the Bowerman Track Club, the North Carolina native has been galvanizing his solid middle distance speed [his mile PR: an indoor 3:54.89] with a Jerry Schumacher-crafted training program that is now positioning Hill to compete for national crowns – like the one he grabbed in Eugene last month. Hill’s first moment in the professional spotlight came in 2013 when he finished 3rd – behind Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp – in the 5000 at the 2013 USA outdoor championships and later met the world championship qualifying standard with a spritely 13:14.22 – still his PR. In Moscow, Hill ran a heady first round race to make the final where he finished 10th in a Farah-driven tactical battle.

After his unexpected win at this year’s nationals where he foiled Rupp’s planned 1200 meter drive for the win, the former Wolfpack star was humble as he took a moment to pay respect to USA’s current 5000 meter royalty. “Maybe Bernard's getting older now and maybe he actually is 40, ” noted Hill with a light-hearted observation of the American record holder. “And Galen had a 10K in his legs, so he was a little tired obviously.” And with a smile, he adds, “And I just had a really good day."

Hill – 4th in last year’s national championship 5000 – plans to work hard to dispel any notion his 5000 meter crown this year was a fluke. "Hopefully, I'll start coming into my own now. If I can keep beating these really good runners that would be even better – not just a one-time thing.” And if he can, at least one thing will be different. The track & field community will know who he is.

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Dunaway AwardAt the 2019 annual meeting of the Track and Field Writers of America, Dave was presented with the James Dunaway Memorial Award “for track & field journalism excellence.”

2020 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships

Dave HunterOn February 28-29, Dave served as the Color Analyst on the live ESPN3 broadcast of this championship gathering. Coverage of this 2-day conference championship can be viewed on the ESPN app.

Dave Hunter

Dave HunterDave Hunter is a track & field journalist, announcer, and broadcaster.  Dave reports on the premier track & field gatherings around the globe, frequently serves as an arena or stadium announcer for championship events, and has undertaken foreign and domestic broadcast assignments in the sport.


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