Elexa Diana Willis
Elexa Diana Willis

Class of 1990
Track and Field

One of the premier triple jumpers in NCAA history, Diana Wills closed her Army career as a 12-time All-American, earning certificates in the long jump and triple jump events both indoors and outdoors. Three of her Academy records remain in place, while her triple jump of 44-11 3/4 at the 1990 NCAA Outdoor Championships still ranks as the longest jump ever in NCAA Division II Championship competition.

Wills graduated as the NCAA Division II record-holder in the triple jump both indoors and outdoors and captured four NCAA triple jump titles. She culminated her brilliant collegiate track and field career by sweeping the national triple jump titles indoors and outdoors as a senior. She won four successive Heptagonal outdoor crowns in both the triple jump and long jump and became the first female to win four straight long jump titles at the outdoor "Heps" Championships. She was named "Outstanding Women's Performer" of the Heptagonal Championships on two occasions (1988 indoors, 1989 outdoors) and captured two triple jump championships at the prestigious Penn Relays (1989, 1990).

After winning all 32 events in which she competed against Navy during her Army career, and helping the Black Knights to a perfect 8-0 mark versus the Mids during that time, Wills represented the United States at the 1995 World Championships and the 1996 Olympic Games. She placed third in the finals of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, while her personal-best leap of 46-2 at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival ranked her sixth among U.S. women all-time.