Ellis Places 11th in Pentathlon at NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships

Columbus, OH (3/11/11) – Freshman Krystal Ellis (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) finished in 11th place overall in the pentathlon at the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Capital University on Friday.

Ellis, MSU’s lone competitor at the national meet and the lone freshman in the field, totaled 3,078 points in the five events. The NJAC Co-Rookie of the Year, Ellis entered the competition with the 10th best score in the nation. She recorded a score of 3,289 points at the CTC Championships in February that placed her on the list of provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.

Ellis began the day by finishing fifth in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.00 seconds to accumulate 893 points.  She then placed sixth in the high jump at 1.55 meters (5’1”) which netted her 678 points and was ninth in the shot put at 9.40 meters (30’ 10.25”). Ellis collected 490 points for that event.

Ellis was 12th in the fourth event of the day, the long jump with a best leap of 4.66 meters (15’ 3.5”) and wrapped up the competition with a time of 2:32.03 in the 800 meters finishing 11th. Ellis registered 469 and 668 points, respectively in the last two events for her final total.

Emma Dewart of Ithaca College won the event with a score of 3,535 points edging out Janey Helland of Gustavus Adolphus by nine points for the national championship.