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Thursday, August 1, 2013
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-Michigan alum, Nick Willis, to host Elite Mile
for a chance at breaking state of Michgan record

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

By NATE SELL sible. Four laps in four minutes
Daily Sports Writer was believed to be the absolute
threshold for human fitness for
In 1954 Roger Bannister was many years, but that all changed
the first man to run a mile in with Bannister.
under four minutes - something Now, running a mile in under
that was thought to be impos- four minutes is no longer elusive

- it's become a benchmark for
elite runners.
The question is no longer
if faster than four minutes is
possible, but how much faster
than four minutes is possible.
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elite runners - many of whom
have broken that four-minute
barrier - will gather just outside
of Michigan's campus at Saline
High School's track to participate
in the Running Institute Mile.
Former Wolverine track athlete
Nick Willis is responsible for
putting everything together and
creating a race that has drawn
world-class runners from Oregon
and Colorado, to New York and
Ann Arbor.
When the US is finished with
track season in June, there are
no more elite races for athletes to
compete in without going over-
seas to Europe. This was a prob-
lem for Willis, who could not
make it to Europe, but wanted to
compete before heading into the
World Championships. The solu-
tion was simple - he would create
an elite race right in his home-
town of Ann Arbor and also take
a shot at breaking the record for
the fastest mile run in the state
of Michigan. The record is cur-
rently held by former Michigan
track star Kevin Sullivan, with a
time of 3.55. Willis admitted that
Sullivan was one of his heroes
growing up and was a big reason
he chose to run for Michigan.
"Sullivan was a legend from U
of M, so it would be nice to have
a crack at that," Willis said. "It
gives the crowd something to
look forward to. To say, 'Wow, we
just saw the fastest race ever run
in the state of Michigan,' espe-
cially on a high school track, in a
local town like Saline."
When news spread that Willis
would be hosting an elite race to
prepare for the World Champion-
ships and attempt to set a state
record, there were plenty of run-
ners interested.
"I know a lot of these runners
and they respect my running, so
they trust it will be a high-quality
race if I'm in it as well," Willis
The respect from his fellow
runners is well earned. Willis
has competed in three Olympic
Games, winning silver in the
1,500-meter run in 2008 and
bearing New Zealand's flag for
the opening ceremony in 2012.
While competing for Michigan

from 2003-2005, he was a five-
time NCAA All American, three-
time Big Ten Champion and
two-time NCAA Champion.
It also helps that the Running
Institute in Ann Arbor will
be sponsoring the race and
providing prize money to the first
five finishers.
The runners who make the trip
to Ann Arbor will be treated well.
Willis is hoping to show them just
how great the city and Michigan's
campus is.
"We're going to show them
out to some restaurants the night
before and the night afterand give
them a dose of what Ann Arbor is
like in the summer," Willis said.
"It's the best place in the world in
my opinion, so hopefully they feel
the same way."
If there is enough community
support and general interest,
Willis has goals of making this
the first of an annual competition.
Having this race every year
would be a huge advantage for
American runners who would
otherwise head into the World
Championships without a tune-
up race. It also has implications
for recruiting and the future of
Michigan track.
"It's always good for recruiting
when they know that this is a
town that supports high-level
completion in our sport," Willis
said. "It just gives a bit more
credibility when high schoolers
are thinking of where they want
to go. Do they want to go to Tulsa,
Oklahoma or Ann Arbor where a
world-class mile was run?"

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Students excluded
from committee

AAPD, University
Police increase
patrols of area
Daily News Editor
Following the homicide of
medical student Paul DeWolf,
whose body was found July 24
in his apartment in the Phi Rho
Sigma medical fraternity, Uni-
versity Police and the Ann Arbor
Police Department are workingto
ease residents' and students' fears
with increased police presence.
AAPD Lt. Ed Dreslinski said
on-duty officers have been asked
to make increased patrols in
the area around North Ingalls
Street, adding that crime is not
common there.
Dreslinski said the increased
police presence is two-fold -
intended both to alleviate resi-
dents' fears and possibly aid in the
investigation that has seen coop-
eration between the AAPD, Uni-
versity Police and the Air Force
Office of Special Investigations.
"We also want to be in the
area because we may run into
something - somebody may see
something or see a police officer
and run up and (give a tip) ... so
it's a couple of reasons," He said.
"We want to seek every option we
can (to find information)."
Since the death occurred
off-campus, AAPD is leading
the investigation. University
Police are cooperating with
the process and, according to
spokeswoman Diane Brown,
have also increased their
presence on Central Campus in
order to ease students' anxiety.
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Regents and faculty
to conduct search for
Coleman's successor
Daily StaffReporters
While the University's presiden-
tial search has officially begun, it
is still uncertain whether students
will be represented in the process.
The University's Board of
Regents announced the appoint-
ment of the presidential search
advisory committee - which will
appoint University President Mary
Sue Coleman's successor - but it
does not include students.
The 16-person advisory
committee is comprised of eight
regents and eight faculty members
who will work alongside Russell
Reynolds Associates, the executive

recruiting firm appointed to
lead the search. The 16-member
committee in 2002 included two
students: University alum Matt
Nolan, then Michigan Student
Assembly president, and University
alum Lisa Jackson, a doctoral
student of psychology.
While Business senior
Michael Proppe, Central Student
Government president, advocated
for similar student representation
on the current committee, his
requests went unfulfilled.
The regents plan to hold public
meetings in September and October
to receive feedback from students,
but Proppe said without actual
student representation on the
committee, he is concerned that
"We need some sort of way
of knowing that the search
committee, the consultants and the
regents aren't just going to sit there
and listen politely and just nod

their heads and never really discuss
it again," he said.
Proppe said he is already in
talks with regents about increas-
ing student input and there is still
a possibility of adding a student
representative to the committee.
He spoke briefly to Regent Andrew
Richner (R- Grosse Pointe Park) on
Tuesday and with E. Royster Harp-
er, vice president for student affairs,
on a separate occasion to create a
plan to "ensure there is significant
input still in the search process."
Proppe said he hopes to have
more conversations with regents in
the future, and added that he's "not
going to close any doors" on advo-
cating for a student representative.
In a statement to The Michigan
Dailyonbehalfoftheboard, Regent
Laurence Dietch (D - Bloomfield
Hills) wrote that the committee
aspires to seek input from a wide
array of students.

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