Mumford hurdler Hill named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Mumford High junior Devin Hill is a scholar-athlete who doesn’t let obstacles stay in his way.

He’s a hurdler and he’s getting better every day.

“When I first started hurdling, I really didn’t want to do it, but now I’m proud to do it,’’ said Hill, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “I’ve learned from my coaches about the lead leg and the trail leg and how you really have to attack the hurdles.  Since I’ve been doing that, my times have been dropping.”

Having timed a respectable 15.4 to win the 110 meter hurdles in the Shumake Relays two weeks ago, Hill will be one of the runners to watch May 24 and May 26 in the PSL Track and Field Championship Meet at Renaissance High.

Mumford is the 10-time defending PSL boys’ track champions and Hill, who also runs on the Mustangs’ 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, is being counted to help continue the winning tradition.

“We want to beat Cass,’’ Hill said. “They’re our big rival in the 4×100 and 4×200, so beating them in the relays and winning the hurdles will give us a good chance of becoming 11-time defending champions.”

Hill has a 3.8 grade point average and scored 20 on the ACT, credentials that give him a leg up on the competition toward his goal of earning a college scholarship.

“He’s a quick learner,’’ said Mumford coach Robert Lynch.  “I guess that’s why he’s such a good student in the classroom, too.”

Hill’s favorite class is AP pre-calculus and he names Harvard and Johns Hopkins as schools he hopes to attend  in pursuit of a career as a radiologist.

“I’m working hard in athletics and academics and it’s not easy, but it’s something that I have to do,’’ he said. “I’m trying to get a full-ride scholarship to ease the load on my parents.”

He still has a year to go before college but Hill vows not to deviate from putting in the hard work that it takes to succeed.

“I’m just going to stay humble and not be cocky,” Hill said. “I’m proud to be doing well at Mumford and in the PSL, so that’s reason for me to stay positive and keep working hard.”

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