Ellenson Wins Gold in Colombia
Wally Ellenson

Aug 26, 2013

In his first international track and field competition, Minnesota sophomore Wally Ellenson captured gold on Sunday in the high jump at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia. 

The Rice Lake, Wis., All-American cleared 2.16 meters (7-1 ft.) on his first attempt of the day and never looked back as torrential downpours rained down on Alfonso Galvis Duque Stadium. 

"It's surreal," Ellenson said. "(Winning a gold medal) was the goal throughout the whole competition, and I'm just thankful I was able to do it." 

Ellenson contributed one of 16 gold medals for the U.S. team, which led all competing nations with a total of  39 medals at the 17th Pan American Junior Championships. 


 

 

MORE HEADLINES

Gophers Tally 15 Top-10 Finishes at Drake

4/29/2017

Minnesota earned runner-up performances from All-American high jumper Ryan Lockard and the distance medley relay team of Derek Wiebke, Jackson Wellenstein, Mitch Hechsel and Shane Streich...

‘U’ Makes Drake Relays 4x400 Final

4/28/2017

The 4x400 meter relay competition saw the Gophers squad of Brad Neumann, Jackson Wellenstein, Nate Roese and Mitch Hechsel clock a 3:09.76 for the fastest time in their heat and the...

Gophers Kick Off 108th Drake Relays

4/27/2017

The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program opened up the 108th annual Drake Relays on Thursday night with four top-10 finishes by the Maroon & Gold.

Proud Sponsors Of Gopher Athletics