June 13, 2014
Results | Results | Ellenwood Interview
EUGENE, Ore.-- Georgia Ellenwood made the most of her NCAA debut, as the Wisconsin freshman earned second-team All-America honors with a 12th-place showing in the heptathlon Friday at Hayward Field.
Ellenwood posted a personal-best score using standard implements, as the Langley, British Columbia, native tallied 5,480 points to best her previous best of 5,400 set earlier this year at the Bulldog Heptathlon. Her score also ranks sixth in Wisconsin program history.
"I tried to go into the meet relaxed," Ellenwood said. "I'm happy with my score, but I know that I can get a higher score. I think this week will help motivate me."
Ellenwood started off the second day of the heptathlon in eighth place with a score of 3,351 points. She soared 18 feet, 5 1/2 inches in the long jump to start the final day. She added a mark of 109-1 in the javelin before capping off her first NCAA meet with a personal-best time of 2:17.82 in the 800 meters.
Georgia freshman Kendell Williams won the event with a score of 5,854 points.
"Heading into meet declarations, it looked like she might be on the outside looking in," Wisconsin Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. "There was a scratch, and she came in at 24th and she ended up coming in ranked 22nd. To end up 12th is incredible.
"She is only a freshman, she is going to take a lot from this meet and she is going to turn around and she has three more years of this."
The season isn't quite done for Ellenwood, as she will be back at Hayward Field to represent her native Canada in the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, July 22-27.
"I'm looking forward to coming back to Hayward Field," she said. "It's a nice facility, and I feel after this week I have a nice feel of the track."
The Badgers conclude the NCAA meet Saturday when sophomore Molly Hanson races in the 1500 meters at 4:29 p.m. Her race can be seen live on ESPNU.