NEW MEXICO:Talented, experienced runner who has led UNM in the 3,000m steeplechase the past two years, becoming the first Lobo to qualify for regionals in the event last spring...active competitor throughout his career, appearing in 16 cross country and 30 track races in his career...redshirted the 2006 outdoor and 2009 indoor track seasons...projected to redshirt the `09 cross country season...was also an accomplished Nordic skier as a prep in his hometown of Leadville, Colo., which sits 10,000 feet above sea level...outstanding in the classroom as well (Architecture major)...6-time Academic All-MWC honoree and 3-time MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
2008-09: (outdoor) Breakthrough season, becoming the first Lobo ever to qualify for the NCAA Regional championships in the 3,000m steeplechase...clocked a career-best (altitude adjusted) time of 9:03.56 and scored for the first time with a sixth place finish on May 15 at the MWC Championships...meet was held at the highest stadium in the country in Laramie, Wyo...time was the fastest by a Lobo since 1988 and ranked 8th on the UNM all-time list...went on to finish 18th in his Midwest Regional debut (16-seed) with a time of 9:22.58...raced 10 times in 7 meet appearances, competing at every distance from 400m hurdles to 5,000m...career-best 5K time of 14:46.11 at Cal...won the steeplechase at home at the Don Kirby Invite...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete award winner.
2007-08: (outdoor) Led the team in the 3,000 steeplechase in his debut outdoor season...recorded a top time of 9:29.87 in a 9th place finish at the MWC Championships...No. 4 on the team in the 5,000m (15:00.90)...8 races with a season-high 4th place finish in the 5,000 at Cal...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete award winner.
2006-07: (outdoor) Redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2006 graduate of Lake County High School in Leadville, Colo...two-time conference champion and placed fourth at the state meet as a senior...lettered all four years in cross country, track and Nordic skiing...qualified for the 2006 Nordic Skiing Junior Olympics...active in jazz, concert and pep band and salutatorian of his senior class...graduated with a 4.02 GPA.
PERSONAL:Born in Leadville, Colo...full name is Alex William Willis...son of Jeanne Willis...major is Architecture with a minor in Spanish.