FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas distance runner Tyler Hill has been nominated by the University of Arkansas for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes.
The Southeastern Conference will name the 2008 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.
Hill, a senior from Ethel, La., has earned a 3.5 grade point average, majoring in biology. After graduation, he has plans to attend medical school. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2008 Spring Honor Roll announced later in spring) and has made the Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll seven times at the University of Arkansas. He was also named to the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track and Field Team for the 2007 cross country season.
Athletically, Hill is a four-year letterman in cross country and track and field. He recently earned his first All-America honor with an eighth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships. Hill is a three-time All-SEC honoree and was also named All-South Central Region in cross country in 2007. He is a two-time NCAA qualifier in cross country and the indoor 5,000 meters.
At the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships, Hill earned a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters. At the 2007 SEC Outdoor Championships, he earned points for the Hogs with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters and an eight-place finish in the 10,000 meters. Most recently, he earned runner-up honors in the 3,000 meters and a fourth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships.
In the community, Hill has been a volunteer with Special Olympics as well as spending time speaking to area schools and local medical clinics. He is active in Arkansas Athletes Outreach and has helped with Razorbacks for Christmas, helping provide gifts for underprivileged kids.