June 17, 2014 - by

Herb Willis Bio

  Herb Willis
Herb Willis

Hall of Fame Class:
2006 (Track and Field / Cross Country)

Homegrown track star Herb Wills was a star from the start at FSU winning three individual Metro Conference Championships as a freshman in 1978 in one of the most dominating performances in Metro track history. He followed that by winning FSU’s Outstanding Distance Runner honors in 1979 along with the title of U.S. Junior 10,000 meter cross country champion.


Wills would go on to set schools records in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters outdoors and 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, and 2 mile indoors. He placed fourth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA national championships in 1980.


He finished his FSU career having earned All-America honors four times over the span of three years. And his name can still be found throughout the FSU record books including his school records in the indoor 3,000 meters (8:04.10) and 5,000 meters (14:00.10) that have stood for over 25 years.


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