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Hillas Tapped as 2012-2013 Track and Field Captain

Timothy Hillas.
Timothy Hillas.

Standout Middle Distance Runner Chosen for Honor by Teammates

NEW HAVEN – Junior Timothy Hillas was selected by a vote of his teammates as the 2012-2013 Yale track and field captain at the team's annual banquet on Tuesday. Hillas has emerged as one of the Ivy League's elite middle distance runners over the course of the season, qualifying for the IC4A Championships in the 3000-meter run (8:12.55) indoors and in the 1500-meter run (3:48.12) outdoors.

"Tim had a breakthrough season in 2012," said Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field David Shoehalter. "The dedication he's shown to the team and his training are sure to serve him (and us) well in 2012-2013."

Hillas, who currently owns the Bulldogs' fastest time in the 1500-meter run, began the outdoor season with a victory and PR at that distance at the UConn Spring Invite, and has only continued to improve since. Competing against some of the region's premier athletes, he ran his best race at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he set his current PR and qualified for IC4As. He has also been a critical contributor to the team outdoors in the 800-meter run and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team.

Hillas commented that he was honored and humbled by his selection.

"Being captain of Yale track and field is more than I could have hoped for in my time at Yale," he said. "Yale track has been a second family. I run, eat, study and live with the guys on the team and I wouldn't have it any other way."

As far as his goals for the team, Hillas stressed that each athlete focus on his individual performances, and that the team results would come naturally.

"We are already a close community," he said. "As we compete together and succeed together that community feeling will only rise. Ivy League track is getting better all the time and if we are going to compete with the top teams then we all need to do better on an individual basis. Accomplishing this, Yale track will succeed, I have no doubt."

Hillas is a global affairs major in Ezra Stiles College and is from Princeton, N.J.

Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity