Michael Woolery Commits to Penn State

Michael Woolery announces commitment to Penn State.

Michael Woolery is going to Happy Valley next fall. The Episcopal Academy senior announced his commitment to Penn State via Instagram Monday evening. 

Woolery will join the ranks of middle distance All-Americans Evan Dorenkamp and Handal Roban--A fitting home for the 1:51.54 800m runner and 2023 800m PTFCA Indoor State Champion. 

He will also team up with familiar competitors such as Carter Fitzgerald, TJ Roden, and Brian DiCola.

Woolery is no stranger to competition and has an impressive list of accolades to back this up.

Woolery's track ability may be his most awe-inspiring discipline, but he still flexes incredible range on the grass. His most robust cross-country performance comes from last year's Paul Short white race in which Woolery ran 15:29.00 to take 4th.

Woolery also holds two PA Independent Schools Championships (PAISAA) state cross country top-10 finishes, state runner-up in 2021 and 7th in 2022, respectively. Time will tell if he can snag the PAISAA cross-country state title during his senior campaign.

Moving into Woolery's wheelhouse, we look at his short-track accomplishments from last year's breakthrough indoor season. Woolery won the PTFCA Indoor State Championship 800m run over other top PA talent such as TJ Roden, Jacob Puhalla, and many more. The most impressive part of his 1:52.83 victory was his bold wire-to-wire race strategy.

Above: Watch the impressive PTFCA 800m Championship race in which Woolery led line to line.

Woolery shows off incredible outdoor track success with three PAISAA state titles and a list of personal bests. Last outdoor season, Woolery meant business PR'ing in every event, from a 51.55 in the 400m to a 9:28.91 in the 3200m and everything in between. His most impressive marks are his 800m and 1600m times. Woolery went 1:51.54 at the RunningLane Track Championships, finishing 7th last May. He also ran a strong 4:16.44 in the 1600m earlier in the season.

Above: Watch Woolery clock 1:51.54 at the RunningLane Track Championship.

Next year, Woolery will be running at Penn State with some of the top middle-distance runners in the NCAA. Until then, watch Michael Woolery as he wraps up his already successful high school career with his senior campaign.