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Ellen Davis '07 Becomes Wesleyan's 2nd Indoor National Champ, Taking 5k in Team-Record Time

National champion Ellen Davis '07

Competing in the 5k event in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships for the third year in a row, Ellen Davis '07 (#150, photo courtesy of Rose-Hulman) completed her rise from eighth in 2005, to fourth in 2006, and finally national champion in 2007 at Rose-Hulman Sat., March 10. Her winning time of 16:43.73 eclipsed the team record she set a year ago (16:46.61) when she entered the NCAAs with the fastest qualifying time in the country. This year she went in as the number four seed but ran away from the field, leaving second-place Shauneen Garrahan of Amherst 7.5 seconds behind. With 10 team points courtesy of Davis' top finish, Wesleyan came in tied for 16th among 56 scoring teams at the NCAAs in 2007. A three-time indoor track All-American, Davis also has two All-America performances in cross country to her credit, including a ninth-place finish in 2006. She joins Jenna Flateman '04 as a Wesleyan national indoor track champion as Flateman claimed the 55-meter dash title in 2003 and was a four-time All-American in the event. The next track action for Wesleyan comes outdoor at the Trinity Invitational Sat., March 31.