BRATTLEBORO >> Jacob Ellis, who is a 2012 Brattleboro Union High School graduate, placed second in the 1,000 meter run at the Track and Field Indoor Open New England Championships on Saturday, representing Bowdoin College.
The Championship features the best athletes from Division 1, 2, and 3 throughout New England. Ellis entered the meet with the 11th fastest time of 2:31.98, but ran a personal best time of 2:27.74 in Friday's preliminary race to qualify for Saturday's final as the seventh seed out of eight runners. In the final, he improved again, running 2:25.46 to take second place behind Trevor Guerrera, a Division 1 runner from Sacred Heart.
Ellis' time of 2:25.46 is the second fastest time in Bowdoin school history, narrowly missing his former teammate's school record of 2:25.15. It is also the fastest Division 3 time in the 1,000 meter run in the nation this year, and the 31st fastest regardless of division. The 2nd place finish Ellis earned was the highest finish any Bowdoin man has had in the Open New England Championships since he won back to back 800 meter titles indoor and outdoor in 2014.
Up next for the Bowdoin senior captain is the ECAC Championships and the NCAA national championships, where he looks to become a four-time All-American after missing the last two seasons due to injury.