On Saturday, while his men's basketball teammates were in Cincinnati taking on Xavier, Wally Ellenson was in Madison, making his debut for the Marquette men's indoor track and field team.
On his second ever high jump in blue and gold, Ellenson cleared 7 feet, 1 inch, thus breaking the Marquette school record in that event. By the time the event was over, Ellenson had cleared 7 feet, 5.5 inches to explode past the old school record.
Ellenson won the event easily at the Wisconsin Open, as only one competitor could even clear 7 feet, one-half inches to try to keep up with him. The height was the best jump of Ellenson's career, and, according to GoMarquette.com, it's the third best high jump mark in the world for this season and qualifies Ellenson for the world outdoor championships.
Ellenson wasn't the only Golden Eagle to set records or come out on top at the Wisconsin Open. Samantha Kennedy and Kathryn Koeck finished second and third respectively in the women's weight throw after setting personal bests. Kennedy had a heave of 55'6", while Koeck, who missed last season with an injury, hit 55'4".
Three freshman took home event titles in the running department. Cassy Goodrich won the women's 400 meters at 56.48 seconds, the second best time in MU history. Jennifer Parker (must not make Back To The Future jokes) came out on top in the women's 800 meters as well, breaking the tape at 2:14.55 in her first collegiate race. Alec Miller matched Parker on the men's side, setting a personal best of 1:54.08, while twin brother Aric finished third with his own personal best of 1:55.11.