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Joshua Willard
Year: Senior
Hometown: Midlothian, Va.
High School: Clover Hill

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2016-17: Closed out his track season with a seasonal best in the 800, a 1:54.30 to finish third at Liberty...on winning 4X8 teams both outdoors at South Carolina and indoors at Virginia Tech...also finished 12th in the open 800 at SC...was on winning DMR at Marshall indoor meet...made his collegiate cross country debut at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invite.

2015-16: Posted then-personal bests in the 800 at both conference championships...was the final runner eliminated in prelims of the indoor 800, with an indoor PR of 1:55.48 to place ninth...also ran on the runner-up DMR squad that qualified for IC4A's, where it finished eighth...was seventh in the 800 at the Virginia Tech Challenge...outdoors, made the SoCon 800 finals with a 1:54.06 PR and wound up eighth...set a then-personal best at the Charlotte Invite (1:55.02), where he finished second in the unseeded 800...ran the 1,500 for the first time in his collegiate career at the Mountaineer Outdoor Open and finished 10th (4:09.02).

2014-15: Closed out his freshman year well, posting a seasonal best 800-meters at the SoCon outdoor meet (1:55.78) and finishing 14th...finished 15th in that event at the Charlotte Invite...17th at the HPU Vertklasse Meet...indoors, finished an impressive ninth in the 800 at the SoCon Championships, missing the final by just one position...also ran on the 4X4 and the DMR...posted an indoor best of 1:56.47 at the YSU Invite, where he placed 10th...recorded a seasonal best in the 1,000-meters at the YSU Invite as well, finishing fifth in a time of 2:33.41...did not compete during cross country season.

High School/Personal: Runner-up in the 500 and 1000 meters at the 5A state indoor meet…currently ranks 10th in the state in the 1000…four-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field...All-District and All-Region XC in 2013...team was third in the Sprint Medley Relay (EE) at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals...holds the school records in the 800 and 1000 meters...1000 meter record of 2:32.02 is also St. Christopher Invitational record...team XC MVP in 2013...holds all-district and all-region academic honors...also lettered two years in soccer...National Honor Society...National Spanish Honor Society...intends to major in mechanical engineering.

Personal Bests:

400-meters - 50.72
500-meters - 1:06.38
800-meters - 1:54.06 (2016 SoCon Outdoor Championships)
1000-meters - 2:32.02
1,500-meters - 3:59.31 (2017 Bison Outdoor Classic)
8K (XC): 29:33 (2016 Virginia Tech Alumni Invite)

 

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