BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin sophomore Jacob Ellis (Brattleboro, Vt.) has been named Division III Men's Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Ellis captured his second consecutive Open New England 800 meter championship on Saturday at Westfield State, posting a time of 1:49.66 to break the school's outdoor record and establish the top time in Division III so far this year.
Ellis, who also won the Open New England Championship in the 800 meters indoors on February 28, becomes the first Bowdoin athlete to win consecutive All-New England titles since 1936, when Phil Good when the 110 high hurdles and 220 low hurdles at indoor and outdoor New England's every year from 1934-36.
On Saturday, Ellis went through the 400 in 53.8 in sixth place. He moved into the lead on the final curve and opened up a five-meter lead on the second place runner during the final 100 meter sprint to the finish. Ellis' second lap was 55.8 as he crossed the finish line in 1:49.66. The time breaks the school mark of 1:50.68 set by Chris Downe '00 in 2000.
Ellis is a two-time All-American. He placed 5th in the indoor NCAA Division III 800 this past winter in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was 4th in the NCAA division III 800 at the outdoor championship in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 2013.
"The 800 is a tough race because all four curves are crowded with fast runners, and any one of them could get the best position," said head coach Peter Slovenski. "The race doesn't really stretch out until the final 100 meters. Jacob keeps his composure, and has great intuition for when to make moves."
Ellis is the second Polar Bear to win national athlete of the week this year. Coby Horowitz earned the honor in February following a record-breaking time in the mile.