Roisin Willis Lands On Stanford Commitment

* Roisin Willis competed at the 757 Showdown

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Magnant/MileStat

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The 2021 Gatorade National Player Of The Year made her commitment to Stanford University on Sunday.

Roisin Willis of Stevens Point (WI) High School compliments a class with six other highly-ranked athletes.

Willis, the No. 4 ranked girls athlete in the Class of 2022, joins Caroline Wells of Winter Springs (FL), Gavin Sherry and Callum Sherry of Conard (CT), Zane Bergen of Niwot (CO), and Ava Parekh of Chicago Latin (IL) and Riley Stewart of Cherry Creek (CO).

Sherry is ranked No. 6 in the boys class, while Parekh is No. 13 and Wells is No. 33 on the girls list. Both Bergen and Stewart were named in the honorable mention. 

Willis, a two-way athlete in both indoor and outdoor track, enters her senior indoor season with personal best times of 1:27.20 in the 600m and 2:03.05 in the 800m. Over the outdoor season, she's run 52.64 in the 400m, 2:00.78 in the 800m and 4:41.60 in the 1,600m.

Back in 2018, in Willis' freshman season, she set a personal best of 17:48 for 5K during the cross country season. 

Over last year's indoor season, Willis produced a series of all-time marks.

She began on a strong note at the VA Showcase, where she joined Juliette Whittaker, Sophia Gorrairan and Bailey Goggans in breaking the U20 World best in the 4x800m. The ladies finished with an overall time of 8:37.20. 

Later in the month at the 757 Showdown, Willis ran a 1:27.19 in the 600m, moving up No. 5 on the all-time list.

* Roisin Willis, Juliette Whittaker, Sophia Gorriaran, Bailey Goggans ran a U20 World record at the VA Showcase

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After a strong indoor season, Willis had her eyes set on hitting the U.S. Olympic Trials standard in the 800m.

She accomplished that goal at the Trials of Miles NYC Qualifier, where she secured an outdoor time of 2:00.78 to set a new personal best. That would finish the year as the fastest U18 performance, the fourth-fastest U20 effort and No. 72 in the world. She was the 24th fastest American woman in the 800m overall in 2021.

A few weeks later, she competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and made it to the semi-finals. She finished 13th overall with a time of 2:03.99. Willis and Whittaker were the only two high school athletes to make it that far, though they also joined their indoor 4x800 teammate Gorriaran, who also earned a Trip to the Trials.

Also over the spring, Willis ran 53.87 at the NSAF USA Meet of Champions and finished second in the Brooks PR Invitational in the 400m, posting a craeer best 52.64.

In 2019, as a freshman, Willis finished second at the USATF U20 Outdoor Championships in the 800m. She also won her first state champion in the 800m in a 2:05.68. 

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