Anna Willard Continues Record-Setting Pace

July 5, 2006

Senior Anna Willard (Telstar, ME) added another school record to her already impressive resume last week. Racing in post-season competition in New York Road Runner's Track Series at Ichan Stadium on Randall's Island. Willard posted a time of 9:28.90 in the 3,000 meters, setting a new Brown record. The two-time All-American harrier now holds every outdoor Brown individual record from the 800-meter to the 5,000-meter run, and is also part of the school record distance medley and 4x800 squads. Under the guidance of Track and Field Director Craig Lake, Willard has become the top female distance athlete to ever pass through the program.

On June 20, Willard raced in a co-ed heat of the 1,500-meter run, and her time of 4:19.9 broke the old Brown record of 4: 23.05, set in 1994 by Heather Porch '94. Last Wednesday, she filled in the missing gap, narrowly taking down the four-year old record (9:29.44) of Kim Thalmann '02 in the 3,000 meters.

Willard will continue racing this coming week at the 2006 NACAC Under 23 Track and Field Championships in Santo Domingo. She will be competing for the U.S. in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.