- Alex Wills
- Orlando, Fla.
Track Events: Mile, 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m
Highlights: SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2008-09 … SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2007-08 … Personal best of 25:47.81 (8K).
2008: Competed in two races … Took 25th-place at the Walt Disney World Classic as the fifth Gator to score.
2007: Competed in the first two races of the season … Ran a 8K career-best time of 25:47.81 at the Tiger Invitational.
Track Highlights: Ran unattached in three indoor and two outdoor meets … Placed third as an unattached runner in the indoor 3,000m run at the 2009 Tom Jones Memorial Invitational … Personal bests of 4:15.51 (iMile), 8:36.80 (i3,000m), 3:54.60 (o1,500m) and 14:56.86 (o5,000m).
Prep: Coached by Rene Plasencia … 2007 Florida Class 4A state champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m … 2006 state runner-up in the 3,200m … 2005 Class 4A state runner-up in cross country … Finished third in the state cross country meet in 2004 and 2006 … Earned Nike Indoor All-America honors as part of the 4x800m relay team in 2007 … Ran 9:10.35 in the 3,200m to capture the 2007 Florida Relays high school title and clocked the fastest time in that event in the state of Florida.
Personal: Son of Stephen and Cynthia Wills … Has an older sister, Carley … Both parents are entrepreneurs and Alex is interested in entrepreneurship as well … Makes soap as part of his family's business … Enjoys editing videos and making short films … Admires Roger Bannister, George W. Bush and his dad … Also considered Kentucky, Columbia and Florida State … Chose Florida because of the university's great academic and athletic achievements, location and history.