CBU Student-Athlete Wins Gulf South Conference Top Award

Stephen HillChristian Brothers University (CBU) cross-country runner Stephen Hill has been awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy, the highest award for a Gulf South Conference (GSC) student-athlete, recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

Hill, a native of Collierville, TN and a graduate of Houston High School, excelled in all three phases during his illustrious career at CBU, leading the university to its four highest finishes in the GSC and South Regional Championships.  He won four races, including three as a senior, and he led CBU to two race crowns as a senior.

He was a four-time first-team All-GSC and first-team All-South Region selection, earning an individual berth in the NCAA Division II National Championships three times.  He was a first-team U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American as a freshman, narrowly missing the award as a sophomore and again as a senior.  He finished 63rd of 152 runners in the 2009 Nationals.

Hill’s unparalleled success and leadership at CBU extended well beyond the cross-country course. Hill graduated this May with a 3.85 GPA as he earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemical engineering, with a minor in chemistry.  He won the Chemical/Biochemical Engineering Award and the Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate award at CBU.  He was a unanimous choice for Academic All-GSC as a senior, his third straight year winning the award.  He was also a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Team member.

Hill’s excellence on the course and in the classroom is matched by his community service record.  On campus, Hill was a four-year officer in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, including a term as president as a senior.  He helped CBU’s Up ’til Dawn program raise over $30,000 annually for St. Jude and earned CBU’s Creative Program of the Year award for directing an 11-mile fundraising run.

His service extended well beyond Memphis, however, as he served on two mission trips to Managua, Nicaragua, where he worked providing free vision clinics and renovating seminaries. He also served on two missions to Panama City Beach, Fla., where he helped provide a safe environment for Spring Break students in Florida.

Hill is CBU’s second Commissioner’s Trophy winner, following Margaret Saurin, who won the 2003 women’s trophy.  He was the Bucs’ third finalist in four years, following John Raymond Hehn in 2006 and Matt Werakso in 2007.  He was also the first cross-country runner since 1987 to win the award. ###

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