GoMarquette.com's exclusive sitdown with men's basketball/track & field junior Wally Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis.).
Personal Bests (as of June 2016):
High Jump: 2.28 meters (7 feet, 5.75 inches) (No.1 all-time at MU)
2014-15: BIG EAST High Jump Champion (Outdoor) Indoor (Jr.): Competed with the men's basketball team. Outdoor (Sr.): Competed in nine events during the outdoor season and registered five victories, including his second straight BIG EAST Outdoor high jump title with a height of 2.15 meters (7 feet, 0.5 inches) ... Fell shy of qualifying for his fourth-straight NCAA Championships with a mark of 2.12 meters (6 feet, 11.5 inches) at the NCAA West Prelims, narrowly missing on three tries at 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch) that would have advanced him to nationals ... Jumped a season-best and tied his outdoor-best mark in a Marquette uniform with a height of 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2.5 inches) in a victory at the Gibson Invite.
2014-15: NCAA First Team All-American (high jump - 3rd indoor; 5th outdoor) USATF Outdoor Championship participant (high jump) BIG EAST High Jump Champion (Indoor/Outdoor) BIG EAST Indoor Championships Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete Indoor (So.): In his first meet as a member of Marquette, Ellenson set a personal best and MU record with a season-best height of 2.28 meters (7-5.75) to place first at the Wisconsin Open (Jan. 17) ... Would go on to win three more high jump competitions, clearing 7 feet in each instance on the way to a BIG EAST Indoor title, where he jumped 2.22 meters (7-3.25) at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships (March 1) and was named Most Outstanding Field Athlete by the BIG EAST Conference ... Placed third at NCAA Indoor Championships (March 14) with a height of 2.23 meters (7-3.75) ... Also a member of the Marquette men's basketball team, but did not appear in a game due to NCAA transfer rules. Outdoor (Jr.): Competed in 10 outdoor meets as a junior ... Opened the season with a second-place finish at the Texas Relays (March 26) with a jump of 2.19 meters (7-2.25) ... Would go on to win a dual against UW-Milwaukee (April 10) with a height of 2.06 meters (6-9) ... Took third at the Drake Relays (April 24) with a height of 2.18 meters (7-1.75) ... Won the Rankin/Poehlein Invite at Purdue (May 2) with a jump of 2.16 meters (7-1) ... Swept the BIG EAST high jump titles with a winning height of 2.11 meters (6-11) at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships (May 8) ... Completed all four jumps at the NCAA West Prelims, capping with a height of 2.20 meters (7-2.5) to qualify for nationals ... At the NCAA Championships, placed fifth with a mark of 2.19 meters (7-2.25) and earned All-America honors for the third straight year in outdoors and fourth overall.
Prior to Marquette: 2013-14 (University of Minnesota): NCAA First Team All-American (high jump - NCAA runner-up outdoor) Indoor (Fr.): Placed fourth at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships with a height of 6 feet, 11.50 inches (2.12 meters) ... Competed in first indoor season after leaving the Gophers' basketball program. Outdoor (So.): First Team All-American in the high jump ... Finished as the NCAA national runner-up in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 7 feet, 4.50 inches (2.25 meters) at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
2012-13 (University of Minnesota): NCAA First Team All-American (high jump) Pan American Junior Championships gold medalist (high jump) U.S. Junior Championships silver medalist (high jump) USTFCCCA All-Academic Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor (Fr.): First Team All-American in the high jump ... Tied for eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the high jump with a 7-02.50 (2.20m) mark ... Finished third at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a high jump of 2.12 meters (6-11.50) ... Landed a 2.12 meter (6-11.50 ft.) jump to finish fifth at the Drake Relays ... Finished second at the Iowa Musco Invitational with a jump of 2.11 meters (6-09.25 ft.) ... Took seventh in high jump at the John McDonnell Invitational with a 6-07 1/2 (2.01m) mark ... USTFCCCA All-Academic honors ... Won a gold medal at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia with a high jump of 2.16 meters (7-1 ft.) ... Earned a silver medal at the 2013 U.S. Junior Championships in the high jump with a 7-00.50 (2.15m) mark.
Rice Lake H.S.: A graduate of Rice Lake High School ... Two-time Wisconsin Division I state champion in the high jump ... State-record jump of 7 feet, 1 inch in the 2012 regional meet was the nation's best by a high school athlete, and only two inches shy of an Olympic Trials qualifier ... Owns Rice Lake school records in long jump (22-6) and triple jump (44-2) ... Played basketball at Rice Lake and holds the school's scoring record with 1,356 points in three years with the program.
Personal: Son of John and Holly Ellenson ... Has three siblings, Ellwood, Henry (who plays on the Marquette men's basketball team), and Ella ... Father played basketball at Marquette.
BIG EAST Indoor Championships 2015- High Jump: 1st (7-3.25/2.22 meters)
BIG EAST Outdoor Championships 2016- High Jump: 1st (7-0.5/2.15 meters) 2015- High Jump: 1st (6-11/2.11 meters)
NCAA West Regional 2016- High Jump: 17th (6-11.5/2.12 meters) 2015- High Jump: 1st (7-2.5/2.20 meters)
NCAA Indoor National Championships 2015- High Jump: 3rd (7-3.75/2.23 meters)
NCAA Outdoor National Championships 2016- Did not qualify 2015- High Jump: 5th (7-2.25/2.19 meters) 2014- High Jump: 2nd (7-4.5/2.25 meters) 2013- High Jump: t-8th (7-2.5/2.20 meters)