AS A SENIOR: Throw of 16.75m earned a third-place finish at the Blue and Gold Invitational … won the individual hammer throw title at the Victor Lopez Classic with an attempt of 54.62m … fourth in both the hammer throw and shot put at the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle … third-place throw in the shot put (16.32m) at the GINA Relays … 54.36m hammer throw attempt won the event at the GINA Relays … won the hammer throw at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a season-best 58.05m … named third team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America … named first team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-Region (Region V) … split the 2011-12 Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for men[apos]s track and field with teammate Kevin Schipper … was a 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant … was named a team captain prior to the beginning of the season with Schipper … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: One of the mainstays on the Irish throwing squad, competing in each of the shot put, hammer throw and weight throw on the season … earned his third monogram with the program … posted furthest weight throw in his first three seasons with a 16.66m toss at the Indiana University Relays, good for sixth in his finals flight and 12th overall … also reached a new career best in the hammer throw, hitting a mark of 56.48m at the Arizona State Invitational to finish 11th … earned first overall in the shot put at the Indiana University Relays after setting the mark at 16.88m … at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, finished fifth in his flight and 11th overall after reaching a distance of 52.17m.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Launched a 16.11m in the shot put at the Blue and Gold Invitational and posted an indoor personal best in the weight throw (15.55m) … competed at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener and recorded a 14.92m in the weight throw and a 15.54m in the shot put … third in the shot put at the Notre Dame Invitational, notching a 16.30m … also launched a 15.02m in the weight throw … third place in the shot put (16.32m) at the Indiana Relays … 15.28m in the weight throw at the same meet … launched a 16.31m in the shot put and a 14.61m in the weight throw at the Meyo Invitational … recorded an indoor personal best in the shot put (16.38m) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships … notched a 16.16m in the shot put at the Alex Wilson Invitational … competed at the Arizona State Invitational, finishing with a 49.31m in the hammer throw and a 15.39m in the shot put … recorded a 16.58m in the shot put and a 50.03m in the hammer throw at the Mike Poehlein Invitational … traveled to the Border Battle and recorded a 50.48m in the hammer throw and a 16.47m in the shot put throw … traveled to the Dave Rankin Invitational a week later to mark a 53.40m in the hammer throw … placed second overall in the shot put (16.97m) … launched a 16.23m in the shot put and a 52.82m in the hammer throw at the Gina Relays … recorded two personal bests at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships: hammer throw (55.74m) and shot put (17.17m) … competed at the Cardinal Classic in the shot put (16.31m) and hammer throw (52.83m) … concluded his season at the NCAA Regionals with a 16.34m in the shot put.
AS A FRESHMAN: Thrower focused on shot put during outdoor season … made Notre Dame debut at the Blue and Gold Invitational, recording a weight throw of 14.39m … participated in shot put and weight throw at the Indiana Opener … finished second in the shot put at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener with a 16.79m while also placing 10th in the weight throw … recorded a shot put 16.16m at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing fourth … finished sixth in the shot put at the Indiana Invitational (16.23m) … participated in both the shot put and weight throw at the Meyo Invitational … placed sixth in shot put (16.39m) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships … concluded indoor season by finishing seventh and eighth in the shot put and hammer throw, respectively, at the Alex Wilson Invitational … picked up a seventh-place finish in the shot put at the Arizona State Invitational … recorded a shot put of 15.71m, good for sixth place at the Dave Rankin Invitational … won the shot put at the Hillsdale Relays with a throw of 16.30m … finished eighth in the shot put at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships … placed fifth in the shot put at the Georgia Tech Invitational (17.05m) … recorded a 16.35m in the shot put at the NCAA Regionals.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Three-year letter winner in track and field at St. John[apos]s Jesuit (Ohio) … conference champion in the shot put as a junior … named all-conference and all-city as a junior and senior … earned all-state honors as a senior … member of the National Honor Society and Christian Service … from the same area as former Irish baseball player Tom Kraus and attended the same high school as former basketball player Zach Hillesland … born in Toledo, Ohio … son of Stanley and Paula Hills … has two younger brothers … cousin, Kelsey Hills, plays volleyball for Baldwin-Wallace … graduated from the College of Science with a degree in mathematics.
HILLS[apos] CAREER INDOOR BESTS
|Shot Put (Indiana University Relays)||16.88m|
|Weight Throw (Indiana University Relays)||16.66m|
HILLS[apos] CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS
|Shot Put (BIG EAST Championships)||17.17m|
|Discus Throw (2009 Ole MIss Invitational)||40.94m|
|Hammer Throw (Arizona State Invitational)||56.48m|