Sophomore Bear makes final of 400 meters with time of 45.19.
Bears will have 17 entries in national meet over course of four days of competition in Oregon.
Bears conclude NCAA West Preliminary action in Austin on Saturday.
Bears continue qualifying action Friday in Austin.
Bears also have seven entries advance to quarterfinal action on the track.
• 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Outstanding Freshman (unanimous)
• 2017 Big 12 Indoor Outstanding Freshman
• 2017 Big 12 Championship High Point Scorer (outdoor)
• 2017 All-Big 12 Outdoors (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay)
• 2017 All-Big 12 Indoors (60m, 200m, 4x400m relay)
2017 Track: Had an impressive freshman year, which included his first career All-America honors in the indoor season and earning seven All-Big 12 honors and the Indoor and Outdoor Outstanding Freshman award in the conference...Was the eighth time in conference history that the indoor and outdoor honor had gone to the same men’s athlete...Also finished as the high point scorer at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Lawrence, Kan. with 20.5 points...Won the Big 12 200m crown in both indoor and outdoor seasons, finishing with times of 20.10w and 20.76...Ran a personal-best time of (20.83) 20.69 at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-American honors...Was the leadoff leg for the Big 12 championship 4x400-meter relay squad at the outdoor meet...Finished second in the 4x100-meter relay in the outdoor season and 4x400m relay at the indoor meet...Other highlights include meet titles at the Baylor Invitational (100m) and the Michael Johnson and Red Raider Shootout in the 200 meters...Participated in the 2017 Pan Am Championships over the summer, advancing to the 100m final with a time of 10.72.
High School: Completed historic four-year prep career at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C...Helped Lions' 4x100-meter relay to 2016 New Balance National title as second leg...Placed third in 100 meters (10.35) and second in 200-meter event (20.71) at Great Southwest Classic with personal-best times in both events...Was first prep sprinter from state of Maryland to run a sub-21 second 200 meters...Named 2015 Maryland Gatorade Athlete of the Year...Won Maryland 4A state titles in the 100m, 200m and 400m in 2015...Added those three state trophies to 2014 Maryland 4A state 200-meter title...Was member of 2015 USA National Youth Team that competed in Cali, Columbia...Spent three seasons at Bowie High School in Prince George's County, Md., before transferring to Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. for senior season...Boasts personal bests of 10.35 (100m), 20.55 (200m) and 47.37 (400m).
Personal: Parents are Gary and Shayla Willis...Majoring in studio art.