Athlete of the Week: Roisin Willis, SPASH

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SPASH Freshman Roisin Willis dominated at the WIAA State Track & Field meet.

The 14-year-old raced to a first place finish in the Division 1 girls 800 meters, while managing to break a state record and earn the top high school time in the nation at the same time.

“People are starting to notice me more, Willis said. “I didn’t know about the nation. You know, that’s a pretty big deal to me. I have never had a U.S. number one time, so that was just shocking.”

Willis said she had been dreaming of competing at the state meet, but was not expecting to break the Wisconsin state record by 3 seconds.

“I had seen pictures of the huge crowd and all of the people and it seemed like such a big deal in Wisconsin–I just wanted to see if I could go for that state title,” Willis said.

Willis’ time of 2:05.68 resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd in La Crosse.

“The whole crowd cheering was probably a moment I will never forget, Willis said. I’ve just been getting a lot of recognition lately. “

Willis also ran the final leg of the Panthers’ 1,600 relay, helping her team to a championship title.

“I don’t get as nervous for team events, but it’s definitely way more exciting when you win as a team. The 1,600 meter relay was probably one of the best parts if the state meet.”

The Freshman has already set high standards for herself moving forward and has plans to compete this summer in Seattle and Miami.

Alexis Geffin

Alexis Geffin

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