Ellenson Named BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week
Jan. 20, 2015
NEW YORK – Marquette University men’s high jumper Wally Ellenson was named the BIG EAST Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after a record-setting performance on Saturday at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in the Wisconsin Open.
Ellenson, who was competing in his first meet as a member of the Golden Eagles’ track and field squad, shattered the Marquette high jump record. On his third attempt, the Rice Lake, Wisconsin, native jumped 2.28 meters (7 feet, 5.75 inches) to blow away the competition away by over five inches.
His second attempt of 7 feet, 1 inch broke the all-time Marquette record and his next attempt solidified Ellenson as the highest jumper in MU history.
The junior’s mark, which is a personal best for the two-time NCAA First Team All-American, ranks No. 1 in the country and No. 3 in the world. By virtue of his height, Ellenson automatically qualifies for the 2015 IAAF World Outdoor Championships.
The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Klotsche Center in the John Tierney Triangular at 5 p.m. The Golden Eagles will face the host Panthers and the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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