|High School:||Sacred Heart Preparatory|
Is slated to redshirt the season.
Three-year (2010-12) varsity water polo letterwinner at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, Calif., under head coach Bryan Kreutzkamp … the Gators won the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) Championship in 2011 and 2012 and the CIF CCS (Central Coast Section) D-II title in 2011 and again in 2012 … Sacred Heart cruised to the title in 2012, defeating Burlingame 18-0 in the quarterfinals, Soquel 15-3 in the semifinals and Los Altos 19-7 in the finals … named first team All-WCAL from 2010-12 … was named the Palo Alto Daily News Water Polo Player of the Year in 2011 and the CIF CCS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2012 … named first team All-CIF CCS D-II in 2011 and 2012 … also named California/Hawaii fifth team All-American in 2011 and 2012.
Competed with the Stanford Water Polo Club in Palo Alto, Calif. … in 2011, he was named Cal Cup first team, Club Championships first team All-Tournament and as a first team Junior Olympics All-American … was named honorable mention Junior Olympics All-American in 2013.
Full name: William Porter Runkel, prefers Will … born May 18, 1995 in San Mateo, Calif. … his parents are John and Chick Runkel … has two older brothers, Robert and John … his mom and dad as well as his brother, Rob, and three of his aunts and three of his uncles have all attended UCLA … says he chose UCLA because “both my parents and my older brother attended undergraduate school at UCLA and the education and athletic programs are unmatched by any other university” … says his biggest thrill in his athletic career is, “when we beat Bellarmine College Preparatory by one goal in double overtime for the WCAL title after being down by nine goals at halftime” … lists performing improvisational comedy as a hobby … majoring in history.