Ryan Hill

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Ryan Hill
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Ryan Hill at the 2017 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1990-01-31) January 31, 1990 (age 29)
Hickory, North Carolina
Height5 ft 11.05 in (1.80 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg)
SportTrack, long-distance running
Event(s)1500 meters, mile, 3000 meters, 2-mile, 5000 meters, 10,000 meters
College teamNC State
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1500m: 3:35.59[1]
3000m: 7:30.93[1]
5000m: 13:05.69[1]

Ryan Hill (born January 31, 1990) is an American long-distance runner. Hill was a silver medalist at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships after finishing second in the 3,000 meters. He represented the United States at both the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, where he ran the 5000 meters at both finishing 7th and 5th, respectively.

Hill competed for North Carolina State University and is currently sponsored by Nike where he is coached by Jerry Schumacher in the Bowerman Track Club.

Running career[edit]

High school[edit]

Hill attended Hickory High School in Hickory, North Carolina, where he emerged as one of the top high school distance runners in North Carolina until he graduated in 2008. While competing in high school cross country and track he became a multiple-time state champion in North Carolina.[2]


Hill attended North Carolina State University, where he also competed in cross country and track. He was coached by Rollie Geiger while at NC State. He accumulated ten All-American honors.[2] At the 2012 NCAA DI Outdoor T&F Championships, he placed third in the men's 1500 meter finals.


After completing his collegiate career in May 2013, Hill went on to finish third in the 5000 meters at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to qualify for his first World team. Hill continued his immediate post-collegiate success by finishing 10th in world in the 5000 meters at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.[3][4]. Hill signed a professional contract to represent Nike, and run for the Bowerman Track Club under coach Jerry Schumacher .

The following year, Hill finished 3rd in the 3000 meters at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, missing a spot at the world championships by one place.[5]

In 2015, Hill won the two mile race at the 2015 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.[6] Hill won 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 13:50.69, qualifying for his second World Championship team. Hill placed 7th, his second top 10 world finish 2015 World. September 11, Hill ran 13:05[7] at Diamond League finale in Brussels.

On February 20, 2016, Hill won the Millrose Games men's 3000m in 7:38.82.[8]

On March 11, 2016, Hill won the 3000m race at the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. With a time of 7:38.60, edging out Paul Chelimo by .40 seconds (7:39.00) with his patented kick, Hill not only captured his third USA title but also qualified for the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Oregon.

At the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the race began slow and tactical, and Hill settled into the second position. As the pace quickened, he eventually fell back, and was in 5th place with one lap remaining. Passing one runner on the backstretch, Hill found another gear, and passed two others in the last 100 meters to take 2nd place and the silver medal in a time of 7:57.39, finishing just barely behind 19-year-old Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia (7:57.21).[9] Ryan Hill improved his PR to 7:30.93 at the Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday, August 27, 2016, finishing 4th.[10] Only three Americans in history have run faster:[11] Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp (indoors), and Bob Kennedy. Hill finished in first place at USATF 5 km Championships hosted by CVS Health Downtown 5k in Providence, Rhode Island in a time of 13:57.[12]

On June 23, 2017, Hill finished in the top three at US Championships to qualify for his third World Championship team. At the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London, Hill easily qualified to the Final running the fifth fastest time of the day (13:22.79). Disaster struck two days later when Hill fell victim to the norovirus outbreak affecting athletes at the championships [13] and was forced by USATF to withdraw from the final.

In 2018, Hill finished second in the 5000 meters at the 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 13:29.67, narrowly losing to Paul Chelimo by .20 seconds (13:29.47).


  1. ^ a b c IAAF. "Ryan HILL - Athlete Profile".
  2. ^ a b NC State Wolfpack Athletics. "Ryan Hill Bio". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bernard Lagat outkicks Galen Rupp to win the men's 1500 meters and 5000 meters". Let' s Run. June 23, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Hill Takes 10th in 5,000 Meters at Track and Field World Championships". August 16, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Men's 3,000: Bernard Lagat Proves Age Is Just A Number As He Puts On A Clinic For Galen Rupp And Ryan Hill In The Last Lap To Win In Albuquerque". Let's Run. February 22, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ryan Hill wins two mile run at USA Indoors". My Central Jersey.com. Associated Press. February 28, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Complete Brussels Diamond League Results". Track and Field News. September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  8. ^ Men's Wanamaker Mile Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  9. ^ An open letter from Vin Lananna Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  10. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/united-states/ryan-hill-246331
  11. ^ https://www.trackandfieldnews.com/index.php/tafn-lists?list_id=10&sex_id=M&yyear=2008
  12. ^ "USATF 5 km Championships – Official Website hosted by CVS Health Downtown 5k Providence, Rhode Island". runnerspace. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  13. ^ Kelner, Martha; Rawlinson, Kevin; Gayle, Damien (2017-08-08). "London 2017: 30 people fall ill after norovirus hits athletics event". The Guardian.

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