Butler Recruit To Compete At World Junior Championships

Butler track and field recruit Harry Ellis has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the 2010 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Junior Track and Field Championship.  He’ll compete against the world’s elite juniors in the international competition, which runs July 19-25 in Moncton, Canada.

Ellis will being competing on Tuesday, July 20, in the preliminary heats of men’s 1500 meter run.  The 1500 meter finals will be held on Thursday, July 22.  A total of 35 athletes representing 24 nations are entered in the men’s 1500.

Ellis, who hails from Warrington, England, posted a qualifying time of 3:43.91 this spring.  His time was just over a second off the Butler school record of 3:42.13, set by Kris Gauson in 2009, and is the metric equivalent of a 4:01 mile.

No stranger to international competition, Ellis placed fourth in the 1500 at Great Britain’s World Trials, but he was the only competitor who had met the qualifying standard.  Last winter, he won the English Schools National Cross Country title.  He will be representing Great Britain for the third time in international competition.

Close to 1500 athletes will be competing at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championship.  The 24-year-old competition is being held in Canada for just the second time.