The two-day Victor Cruz Invitational in Houston, Texas
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'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'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.