Ellenson Qualifies For NCAA Championships

Kathryn Koeck concludes her career as one of the top MU throwers of all-time.
May 28, 2015

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-- Junior high jumper Wally Ellenson highlighted three Marquette University track and field student-athletes competing on the first day of the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at Mike A. Myers Stadium today, May 28. Ellenson successfully completed all four of his jumps to finish tied for first place and qualified for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native tied with Bryan McBride of Arizona State as the only two jumpers to clear all four attempts. Competition was halted after 12 competitors remained following the 2.20-meter (7-2.5 feet) mark.

"It's a blessing to be back at nationals," Ellenson said. "Making it without missing a bar at regionals, I couldn't be more prepared. Each time I've been at Eugene, I've been able to come out with a PR. It's a great atmosphere and I have two weeks of great preparation with Coach (Rick) Bellford left to strive for a national championship."

Ellenson will make his third trip to nationals after claiming All-American honors in the outdoor high jump in each of the previous two seasons as a member of the University of Minnesota, including a runner-up finish a year ago. He took third place at the indoor national meet earlier this season to earn his first indoor All-American accolade.

Senior Kathryn Koeck concluded an outstanding Marquette career after her attempt to qualify for nationals came up short. The Winneconne, Wisconsin native came in with the 15th-best hammer throw mark in the region. She fouled on her first attempt before a toss of 54.44 meters (178-7 feet). In an effort to go for it all on her third and final attempt, she was unable to hang on and fouled once more.



Koeck holds the MU record in the hammer with a mark of 61.12 meters (200-6 feet). She accomplished the feat back on April 10, when she pulled out a win in a dual against Milwaukee at home. It was one of five wins in the hammer on the season. Another came at the BIG EAST Conference Championships where she claimed her first title.

Freshman Cassy Goodrich concluded an impressive rookie campaign. She improved two spots on her regional place of 39th in the 400-meter dash entering the meet, running a time of 58.85 seconds from the sixth lane in the first of six heats. The time wasn't fast enough to qualify as one of the top-12 heading to Eugene, but did mark her second-fastest time in the event.

Tomorrow's action will feature William Koeck in the hammer throw at 2 p.m. Central time. John Krzyszkowski (javelin) and Brittney Feivor (5,000 meters) will have to wait until Saturday's competition for their attempts at a national finals bid.


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