With a top cleared height of 2.20 meters, Marquette's Wally Ellenson came away from the 2015 USA Outdoor Championships at Historic Hayward Field with a 12th place finish in the high jump this past Friday.
I know, 12th doesn't sound terribly impressive for a man that's the reigning Big East champion for both indoor and outdoor high jump, not to mention the Marquette school record holder. But it does mean he's the 12th best high jumper in the country right now, and that's still pretty damn impressive.
Ellenson cleared the opening height of 2.15 meters (7-0.5 feet) on his second attempt. Four of the 18 competitors were unable to get past that bar to continue on with the competition. From there, things progressed to 2.20 meters (7-2.5 feet), and Ellenson was unable to clear the bar in any of his three attempts.
2.20 meters is a bit of a mixed bag for Ellenson this season. It's better than the jump he needed to win the Big East outdoor title, but lower than the height he cleared for the indoor conference championship, and lower than his 3rd place finish at the indoor NCAA meet. It is ever so slightly more than the 2.19 meters that Ellenson cleared to finish fifth at the outdoor NCAA meet a few weeks ago.
The USA Outdoor Championships brings Ellenson's track and field schedule for the year to a close, and it ends Marquette's athletic calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The next two things on the master schedule on GoMarquette.com are the Backyard BBQ on Monday and women's soccer's exhibition against Wisconsin on August 13. We've officially entered the summer doldrums.