Ellenson Takes Fifth in NCAA High Jump Final
June 12, 2015
EUGENE, Oregon-- Marquette University junior high jumper Wally Ellenson earned All-American status for the third-straight year at the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, taking fifth in front of a packed house and a national television audience at Historic Hayward Field, this evening, June 12.
After passing the opening height of 2.08 meters (6-9 feet), Ellenson cleared 2.12 meters (6-11.5 feet) with ease. The same held true for the next two heights and, following a big jump at 2.19 meters (7-2.25 feet), the junior from Rice Lake, Wisconsin was tied for first place in the competition.
Seven jumpers advanced to 2.22 meters (7-3.25 feet) and all but one failed on their first attempts. Eventual champion Jacorian Duffield of Texas Tech was the only jumper to clear his first attempt. It marked Ellenson's first unsuccessful clearance in his previous eight jumps dating back to the BIG EAST Conference Championships in early-March. He cleared all four of his jumps at the West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas back on May 28, to punch his ticket to nationals.
Unfortunately, Ellenson brushed the bar on his final two attempts at that height and would go on to take fifth place in the competition.
Duffield would push the bar to 2.32 meters (7-7 feet), but was unable to clear any of his three attempts, thus ending the competition with a winning height of 2.28 meters (7-5 feet).
Ellenson's season will continue as he heads back to Eugene in two weeks to compete in the same venue for the U.S. Track & Field Outdoor Championships, June 25-28.
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