Bloomington, IN – When Wisconsin's women's track and field standout Georgia Ellenwood began her senior season this year, she had a couple of goals for her finale in the Cardinal and White.
One of her goals was to win a Big Ten outdoor title, another one was to break the 6000-point barrier in the heptathlon and she also wanted to break the conference record in the event.
She accomplished all three of those goals on Saturday by scoring an amazing 6,173 points, the best score in the NCAA this year and the No. 3 point total in the world, in the heptathlon en route to winning her first Big Ten title outdoors.
"I think sometimes I have a hard time believing that I can reach the Olympic standard or even break 6,000 points," Ellenwood said. "Even my teammate Casie [Pawlik] said 'I predict that you'll skip 6,000 and go straight to 6,100'. And so she was right, and I think it's that I either put a decent heptathlon together or I go all out in all of the events. This time, coming to the Big Ten championship, feeling good, competing in hot weather, and I just put it together. And it's nice because I put it together, but I still look at each event and know that there's room to improve.
"I'm really happy with how it went today."
"6,173 points in any conditions is spectacular," UW Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. "When you look at these heptathletes and decathletes out here today, what they've had to endure the last two days, that's world-class right there. I'm really proud of both Georgia and Casie. I know Casie finished in ninth, and that's a great performance also. For Georgia, that's a huge personal best. I know she's been knocking on the door of 6,000 points for quite a while and she really wanted to do it. To do it in these conditions and at the Big Ten Championships, that's a world-class performance."
Ellenwood soared 20 feet, 1/2 inch on her final attempt in the long jump to score 884 points and to finish second in the event behind PSU's Madeline Holmberg, who was the runner-up in the competition.
In the javelin, Ellenwood launched a PR of 150-9, a mark that ranks sixth in school history, to score 782 points before winning the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 16.37 seconds.
Joining Ellenwood in the heptathlon this weekend was fellow senior Casie Pawlik, who placed ninth with a score of 4753 points. Pawlik earned a mark of 17-9 3/4 in the long jump and threw the javelin 87-2 before placing seventh in the 800 meters in 2:26.20.