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Anna Willard

Anna Willard

Event: Middle Distance
Height: 5-4
Weight: 120
PR: steeplechase - 9:22.76 (2008); 800m - 1:58.80 (2009); 1,500 - 3:59.38 (2009)
Born: 03/31/1984
Current Residence: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Hometown: Greenwood, Maine
High School: Telstar (Greenwood, Maine) HS ‘02
College: University of Michigan '07; Brown '06
Coach: Terrence Mahon
Agent: Mark Wetmore
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USA Championships
Two-time USA Outdoor Champion – 2010 (4:13.65); 2008 (9:27.59)
Two-time USA Indoor Champion – 2010 (2:00.84); 2009 (4:17.37)
Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up – 2009 (9:35.01); 2007 (9:34.72)
2009 USA Outdoor bronze medalist (4:07.70)

International Championships
2006 NACAC U23 champion (10:23.23)

Collegiate Championships
2007 NCAA Outdoor champion (9:38.08)

Awards and Honors
Previously held the American Record of 9:27.56, set July 2008
2007 University of Michigan Female Athlete of the Year
2007 Big Ten Women's Track Athlete of the Year

About Anna
Willard first gained notoriety as the steeplechaser with crazy colored hair, but as her hair color has evolved, so has her racing focus. Willard has transitioned from being a 3,000m steeplechase specialist in 2007 and 2008 to becoming one of the top U.S. 800m and 1500m athletes in recent years. Willard is a diverse middle distance runner with USA Championship wins in the 800m, 1500m and 3,000m steeplechase. Competed for Brown University as an undergrad and for one year in graduate school at the University of Michigan. Grew up on a farm in Greenwood, Maine (population 802). Willard was a state high school champion in cross country and track as well as a shooting guard on the basketball team. Known for dyeing her hair unusual colors. 
Other Results
2012: 11th at Stockholm (4:10.48); 3rd at Lignano 800m (2:00.66); 3rd at London (4:08.06); 5th at Olympic Trials (4:07.78); 8th at Oslo (4:06.91); 5th at Pre Classic (4:07.81); 2nd at LA USATF High Performance (4:06.11); 1st at Payton Jordan Invitational (4:07.00); 9th at Stockholm (4:18.91i); 3rd at Birmingham (4:11.85i); 7th at USATF Classic (4:13.12i); 3rd at Boston Grand Prix 1000m (2:38.91); 3rd at U.S. Open mile (4:39.97);
2011: 8th at Rieti (4:16.99); 10th at USA Outdoor (4:12.84); 5th at New York Grand Prix (4:10.38); 8th at Pre Classic (2:00.19)
2010: 6th at Bruselles (2:00.05); 10th at Stockholm (4:04.52); 6th at London (1:59.64); 3rd at Monaco (1:58.89); 15th at Paris (4;07.92); 1st at USA Outdoor (4:13.65); 8th at New York Grand Prix (4:05.96); 4th at World Indoor (2:00.53); 1st at USA Indoor (2:00.84)
2009: 1st at IAAF World Athletics Final (2:00.20); 1st at Bruselles (1:59.14); 2nd at Zurich (3:59.38); 6th at World Outdoor (4:06.19); 4th at Monaco (4:01.68); 1st at London (4:07.95); 2nd at USA Outdoor steeple(9:35.01) and 3rd in 1,500,m (4:07.70); 4th at Pre Classic (4:01.44); 1st at New York Grand Prix (1:59.29); 1st at adidas Grand Prix (9:26.85); 1st at USA Indoor (4:17.37)
2008: 10th at Olympic Games (9:25.63); 2nd in Heusden (9:22.76); 1st at Olympic Trials (9:27.59); 1st at Cardinal Invite (9:37.73)
2007: 8th  in heats at World Outdoors (9:48.62); 2nd at USA Outdoor (9:34.72); 1st at NCAA Outdoor (9:38.08) 1st at Big 10 Outdoor 1500m (4:15.93), steeple (9:57.90) and 5,000m (16:23.57)
2006: 1st at NACAC U23 (10:23.23); 6th at NCAA Outdoor (10:06.83)

USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests  - 1500m, 4:11.85 (No. 7 in the USA)
2011: Outdoor bests – 800m, 2:00.19 (No. 10 in the USA, No. 45 in the world); 1500m, 4:10.38 (No. 17 in the world)
2010: Indoor bests – 800m, 2:00.53 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); Outdoor bests – 800m, 1:58.89 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 15 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the world, No. 2 USA by T&FN); 1500m, 4:04.52 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 32 in the world)
2009: Indoor bests – 1500m, 4:17.37 (No. 2 in the USA); Outdoor bests – 800m, 1:58.80 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 10 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the world, No. 1 USA by T&FN); 1500m, 3:59.38 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 4 in the world, ranked No. 6 in the world, No. 3 USA by T&FN); steeple, 9:26.85 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 19 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests – steeple, 9:22.76 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 14 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2007: Outdoor bests – steeple, 9:34.72 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 24 in the world)
2006: Outdoor bests – steeple, 10:06.83 (No. 13 in the USA)
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