Future Friday: Q&A with Nick Willis (Men's Track & Field)
Nick Willis is in his first season as volunteer assistant for the University of Michigan men's track and field team. He previously lettered from 2003-05 as a distance runner. He will work with associate head coach Ron Warhurst with Michigan's distance runners.
Formerly from Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Willis holds University of Michigan records in the 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run and is also a part of three record-setting relay teams. He was a five-time NCAA All-American and a six-time Big Ten Champion. Willis was a two-time NCAA Champion, winning the mile run (indoor; 2005) in addition to running a leg of the Distance Medley Relay (indoor; 2005) was the runner-up in the 3,000-meter run at the 2004 NCAA Championships and was also a finalist in the 1,500-meter run at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Willis was named the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons and was named "Most Outstanding Male Athlete in the Relays" twice at the Penn Relays.
Willis was a 2004 Olympian for his native New Zealand, reaching the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run. Prior to his time at Michigan, he finished fourth with a personal-best prep time of 3:42.69 in the 1,500-meter run at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Jamaica.