Personal best helps Ellenwood finish 10th

Langley's Georgia Ellenwood now shifts focus to competing for Canada at World University Games

Wisconsin sophomore Georgia Ellenwood scored a personal best in the long jump to help move up the standings, finishing with a personal best score of 5,786 points to finish 10th in the heptathlon at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. The Langley athlete now gets set to compete for Canada next month at the World University Games.

Wisconsin sophomore Georgia Ellenwood scored a personal best in the long jump to help move up the standings, finishing with a personal best score of 5,786 points to finish 10th in the heptathlon at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. The Langley athlete now gets set to compete for Canada next month at the World University Games.

Georgia Ellenwood set a personal record en route to 10th place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA track and field championships.

Ellenwood, a sophomore on the Wisconsin Badgers women’s track and field team, scored 5,786 points, which ranks third in school history.

Wisconsin senior Deanna Latham — who holds the school record with 5,914 points — finished with 5,778 points, just eight behind Ellenwood, to place 12th.

They were competing at the NCAA championships on June 10 and 11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

“In the past, their scores would have been in the top five,” said Mick Byrne, the team’s director of track and field, on the Wisconsin website.

“The event has gone out of control, and this week’s heptathlon was probably the best one in the history of the NCAA.

“They did everything that we asked them to do and we are proud of them for how they performed, and they put some great scores.”

Ellenwood, a 2013 Langley Secondary graduate and long-time member of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club, was 14th after the first day of the heptathlon.

But she delivered a personal best in the long jump  at 19 feet, 11.5 inches (6.08m).

“I felt really good heading into today,” she said.

“I wasn’t too sore, so I felt confident.”

Ellenwood also had a personal best in the javelin (131-4).

“I’m happy with my overall score, but there’s always (room for) improvement.”

She also earned second-team all-America honours for her event.

With the university season done, Ellenwood shifts her focus to the international scene.

She will represent Canada next month at the FISU World University Games.

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