March 10, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho -- Washington State University's Stephan Scott-Ellis captured seventh in the men's triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday night at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
Scott-Ellis, a junior from Tacoma, triple jumped a distance of 52-feet, 1 inch (15.87m) to take seventh place at the national meet and earned his first All-America certificate. The 2010 Pac-10 champion, Scott-Ellis entered the competition with the 10th-best mark nationally, a personal-record leap of 52-5 1/4 (15.98m).
"I felt a little overwhelmed at first but got more comfortable and was able to relax and put out a decent jump," Scott-Ellis said. "I'm just ready to get back to work and prepare for outdoors."
Saturday Scott-Ellis reached 44-2 (13.46m) on his first attempt, 49-1 1/2 (14.97m) on his second attempt, and pulled himself into the scoring final with his third attempt leap of 52-1 (15.87m), which was seventh-best of the first round. He fouled his fourth attempt and jumped a distance of 51-7 3/4 (15.74m) on his fifth attempt. Scott-Ellis' final attempt was 48-4 3/4 (14.75m) and he remained seventh-best in the competition. Omar Craddock, a junior from Florida, won the triple jump title with a leap of 54-11 1/2 (16.75m).
Scott-Ellis was 13th in the long jump Friday night.
"Stephan struggled a little with keeping clam and in control of his energy both days," WSU jumps coach Matt McGee said. "I'm very proud of the way he got things together after struggling yesterday and through his first two jumps today. Maturity is a huge part of being successfully at meets of this magnitude and as Stephan gains more experience in these situations he will become more adept in using the energy to his advantage. We will use this to continue to build in preparation for a great outdoor season."
The Washington State men's and women's track and field teams open the 2012 outdoor season next Saturday at the Dusty Lane Open hosted by Community Colleges of Spokane.