After 20 years of service to the club, Coach Dwayne recently announced his retirement from his post as head coach of the Langley Mustangs. Over the weekend a number of athletes past and present, coaches and families gathered together to Celebrate Dwayne and all that he has done for us and for our club. We will miss you Dwayne!
Wisconsin senior ends historic career with national championship
EUGENE, Ore. – There have been a number of tremendous multi-event athletes for the Wisconsin women's track and field program, from Kathy Borgwarth in the 1980s to Dorcas Akinniyi, Jessica Flax and Deanna Latham in the 2010s.
But no Badger had won a national championship until Saturday, when senior Georgia Ellenwood won the heptathlon with a score of 6,146 points at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.
"I think I'm still processing the whole thing and it doesn't really feel like I won yet. I think it hasn't really sunk in yet," Ellenwood said. "It doesn't really feel like I'm the first, because when I was recruited I knew about so many great heptathletes who have come through the program. To know that I'm one of them and I'm the best one that's come through Wisconsin hasn't really hit me yet.
"I have a lot to thank for that, coach Nate Davis, my parents. Nate training me to be mentally tough is a key for that."
The NCAA title ultimately came down to the 800 meters, the final event of the competition, and Ellenwood entered the race with a 15-point lead on Georgia's Louisa Grauvogel. That made things simple for Ellenwood: finish ahead of Grauvogel and be guaranteed the title. She started toward the front, created separation on Grauvogel heading into the bell lap and finished in 2 minutes, 15.76 seconds, more than four seconds ahead of Grauvogel.
"I had to be confident going into the 800," Ellenwood said. "I kept looking at the screen to see if Louisa was close. I just had to keep in my own head and know that I was capable of running 2:15 like I always have, and just executing the way that I have so many times before and to just not change anything when I came to the championships."
The NCAA victory capped a historic career for Ellenwood, who won three Big Ten Conference titles and qualified for the national championships every year she competed, earning six first-team All-America honors and a pair of second-team All-America accolades. She is the No. 10 performer in NCAA history in the heptathlon and holds the Big Ten Conference record in the event.
"After five years of this I've matured so much as an athlete, and I think that's what I'm the most thankful," Ellenwood said. "I know mentally that I can do it, and not once during this championship did I believe that I couldn't do it. That's where I've matured as an athlete, I can come out here and be on top and believe that I can do that."
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Ellenwood began the day in second place after a first-day score of 3,668 points but soared to the overall lead after the long jump. She jumped a wind-aided 19 feet, 9 3/4 inches on her first jump of the competition to take a 16-point lead on Grauvogel.
"I just wanted to get my foot on the board," Ellenwood said. "I knew there were big tailwinds, so it was just about getting my foot on the board and jumping. I was happy to jump smart in the competition."
Ellenwood and Grauvogel remained close in the javelin as the pair finished third and fourth, respectively, in the event. Grauvogel threw 142-8 on her second attempt and Ellenwood countered with a toss of 142-6 on her final throw, giving Ellenwood a 15-point lead heading into the 800 meters.
"Even though it wasn't a great throw for me, it definitely gave me a little bit of breathing room going into the 800," Ellenwood said.
The Wyatt twins joined the Langley Mustangs in January 2016 after a successful high school cross country season. They had always run cross country and track, but during their grade 10 year, they realized that running was their passion. Since joining the club, they have improved in Cross Country and on the track. They are both distance runners, and they love the Steeplechase. The 3000m is their other main event, but they have also been known to run an occasional 800, as well as the 1500 and the 4x400 relay.
Last August, Tate and Zach competed at the Legion Youth National Championships in Brandon, Manitoba where they came 1st and 2nd in the Steeplechase, finishing a fraction of a second apart and bringing home gold and silver medals. This past fall they finished 1st and 2nd once again (one second apart) at the B.C. High School Cross Country Provincials.
Tate and Zach feel they would not be nearly as successful without the knowledge and support of all of their coaches. They credit their coaches with knowing exactly how far to push them and with creating a positive atmosphere during training.
Tate and Zach are very excited to continue their running careers as Memphis Tigers while earning their degrees in Physics. In addition to signing for the Track and Field Team, they have been accepted into the Helen Hardin Honors College at Memphis.
Aiden Grout was selected by Athletics Canada to join the top U18 athletes in Canada to compete at the Jamaican U18 Invitational to be held in Kingston, Jamaica on June 30 & July 1.
Grout is currently the number 1 ranked youth high jumper in Canada with an impressive 2.00m jump earlier in the high school season and looking to improve his personal best this summer.
After returning from Jamaica he will set his sights on making the BC Provincial Team at the Club Championships July 13-15 and then a National Youth title at the Canadian Legion Youth Championships in Brandon, Manitoba in early August. Since this announcement he was invited to compete in the upcoming Harry Jerome International Track Meet on June 26 at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Georgia Ellenwood led the Badgers on their first day in College Station, Texas at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a third-place finish in the pentathlon.
Senior Georgia Ellenwood brought home her fourth indoor first-team All-American honor on Friday by finishing third in the pentathlon with 4381 points. The Langley, British Columbia native started off the action in the 60 meter hurdles with an 8.55 second finish to take eighth place and collect an impressive 1006 points.
Ellenwood then picked up a fourth-place finish in the high jump with her highest mark of the season of 1.78m followed by a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 12.31m. The senior finished out the day with an incredible jump of 5.96m to earn the sixth-place spot and a personal record time in the 800 meters of 2 minutes 14.28 seconds to secure her third-place finish overall.
It marked the fourth time in her career that Ellenwood earned first-team All-America honors in the pentathlon, becoming only the second Badger to accomplish the feat.
I'm happy with the results today. I had to battle through the entire thing. I knew that every girl there was talented and deserved to be there, so I had to have an impressive meet.
To medal at NCAAs is something that I don't think I can ever really wrap my head around. I always knew I was capable, but to go out there and actually execute is something that I will always be proud of. My confidence and mentality are on a different level this year, so I'm happy that it was able to show today.
Reigning Big Ten champion collects honors after win in Nebraska
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin women's track and field student-athlete Georgia Ellenwoodwas named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after her outstanding performance at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational last weekend, the conference announced Wednesday.
This marks the third time the Langley, British Columbia, native has earned the indoor weekly honors from the conference. Ellenwood won the pentathlon last Friday in Lincoln with a score of 4,259, which currently ranks third in the nation and first in the Big Ten. Ellenwood won two of the five events in the pentathlon; the high jump and the long jump, and was runner-up in the remaining three events.
The senior standout now holds six of the top-10 scores in program history in the pentathlon, including the UW school record of 4,392 set at the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. Ellenwood and the No. 15 Badgers head to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic this Friday and Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center.
Langley Mustang and Trinity Western University athlete Regan Yee set a new club indoor record today at the University of Washington Invitational. Yee ran the 3000m is 8:58.29 surpassing the old mark of 9:07.29. Yee's time is also the fastest indoor 3000m in Canada this season.
Langley Mustang and Trinity Western distance athlete Nick Colyn set a new club record at the University Washington Invitational Indoor meet, Saturday January 27th. Colyn ran the 3000m in 8:22.24
On the big stage in the Big Apple, Langley Mustang and All American Wisconsin standout Georgia Ellenwood set a Mustangs club record. In the 60m hurdles, the heptathlete was clocked with a time of 8.52. She bettered her own record of 8.61.
Langley Mustangs, Jordan Schmidt is an 800-metre specialist and two-time BC provincial champion, winning the BC high school junior boys title in 2016 and the youth crown in 2017. He also competed for Team BC/Yukon at the 2017 Legion National Youth Championships. Schmidt, who started competing in track and field in grade 10, holds a personal best 1:54.01 in the 800, which makes him one of the top 800m prospects in the province. His PB is close to the 2017 NCAA provisional qualifying time for national championships (1:52.33). Schmidt is an honour roll student and on the Principle's List of Distinction at R.E. Mountain.
"Jordan has a great deal of raw talent and the passion to be one of our best middle distance athletes," said Townsend. "He is a fluid runner and is looking forward to building his strength and endurance to reach the next level. He will follow a great tradition of middle distance runners at SFU and I am confident he will emerge as one of the best ever.
"I felt like SFU gives me the best chance to have success academically and athletically," said Schmidt, who is planning to pursue a degree in business. "Under Brit's leadership and guidance, I am sure that I will be able to reach my full potential as both a student as well as an athlete."