Back to defend his title, Willis will have his work cut out for him, with the best milers in North America seeking an invitation to the lucrative race. The New Zealand native has lived in Ann Arbor for 12 years now, and has high ambitions to beat his personal best of 3:50 in this year’s newly-named Ron Warhurst Mile.
College – University of Michigan
Personal best – Mile 3:50.66
Achievements – 2008 Olympic silver medal (1500m), 2005 NCAA champion (mile)