UW Health Sports Medicine 

Ellenwood grabs bronze in heptathlon at Pan-Am Games


Aug. 26, 2013


MADISON, Wis. -- Incoming Wisconsin freshman Georgia Ellenwood finished third in the heptathlon at the 2013 Pan-American Junior Championships on Aug. 24-25 in Medellin, Columbia breaking her own British Columbia provincial record.

Ellenwood set a personal best in the competition with a score of 5,493 points, which ranks 10th in the world junior rankings and third on the all-time Canadian junior list. Her previous personal best was 5,461 points which she set en route to winning the gold medal at the 2013 Canadian Junior Championships.

A native of Langley, British Columbia, Ellenwood won the shot put with a heave of 34 feet, 3 inches (10.44 meters). She was second in the long jump soaring 19-3/4 (5.81 meters) and in the 800 clocking in at 2 minutes, 18.80 seconds.

Cuba's Yusleidys Mendieta Velazquez won the competition scoring 5,627 points, while Kendell Williams of the United States was second with 5,572 points.

This marked the third straight summer that Ellenwood competed at an international event. She finished 18th at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain with 5,262 points. At the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, Ellenwood set a Canadian youth record in the heptathlon scoring 4,952 points.

The only four-time heptathlon winner in British Columbia prep history, Ellenwood looks to continue the success the Badgers have enjoyed in the multi events. The Badgers have won the past eight Big Ten combined event titles thanks to Dorcas Akinniyi and Jessica Flax, but with both standouts graduating, Ellenwood along with returning NCAA qualifier Deanna Latham will look to carry on the tradition.

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