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Bor Prepares for Final NCAA Appearance

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Release: 06/06/2011
         
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior student-athlete Hillary Bor is set to make his final appearance in a Cyclone uniform June 8-11 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Bor, a three-time All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase is aiming to become just the second Iowa State track and field student-athlete to be an All-American four times in a single event.

Former Cyclone distance standout Dmitry Drozdov currently stands as the only Iowa State track and field student-athlete to earn All-America honors four times in one event. Drozdov was the 1996 NCAA champion in the 3,000-meter steelechase.

“I was able to be a teammate with Dmitry and see first-hand what he was able to accomplish,” Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels said. “His and Hillary’s careers mirror each other a little bit. Dmitry didn’t win nationals until his senior year and Hillary has finished second, third and fourth in his first three years here. Hillary has had a great career and it would be nice to see him move up to the top spot.”

Bor will close out his career as a Cyclone working towards becoming a four-time All-American. These honors would come on top of being a three-time Big 12 champion after winning the steeplechase outdoors in 2010 and 2011 and winning the mile indoors in 2010. Over four years, Bor earned All-Big 12 honors nine times. 

“He has won Big 12 Championships, been an All-American and been an important part of our cross country program,” Ihmels said.  “It would be fitting for him to be able to leave as a national champion. He’s got a tough road ahead of him in the next week. The steeplechase is going to be a very good event at NCAAs this year.”

After running to fourth, second and third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships over the last three years Bor has his sights set on a national championship.

“Winning the steeplechase at NCAAs has definitely become the most important goal,” Bor said. “I have been working towards winning that race for three years now. This is my last chance.”

In addition to excelling on the track, Bor also was earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors during all three years he was eligible. He was also named an Academic All-American after the 2010 cross country season. The Eldoret, Kenya native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in December and began his graduate studies in January. 

“Hillary is the definition of a student-athlete,” Ihmels said. “He has done really well in the classroom and will finish his Master’s degree in accounting this fall, so that speaks volumes of what he does academically.”

Bor is also looking ahead.

“I am planning on staying in Ames to finish up my graduate program,” Bor said. “How my races turn out at Drake will help determine how much I will pursue running after I finish at Iowa State.”

Bor will be one of 24 competitors in the semifinal of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. CDT inside Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The top 12 finishers will advance to the national final Friday at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
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