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Seth Ellis recently competed in the Second Annual Victory 5K and Marathon at the Vermillion Rise Mega Park on April 16th. Ninety-six participants ran the 5K, with seventy-three finishing. The top finisher of the seventy-three was Seth Ellis with a time of 19:20, one minute and twenty-five seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
“He was tired, but excited for the win,” said mother, Shannon Ellis. “And he was excited for the breakfast that followed at Angie’s Country Kitchen in Cayuga.”
In his track career, Ellis has competed in the 100 Meter Dash, 400 Meter, 800 Meter, 1600 Meter, 4×400 Meter Relay, 4×100 Meter Relay and Long Jump.
“He has set a goal this season to try to beat the 800 Meter record for Chrisman-Scottland Junior High,” Shannon told us.
Ellis started his cross country and track journey in fifth grade and has continued to improve during that four year time. He has also won multiple cross country meets in his 8th grade season and several 800 meter races. Ellis was also named MVP for the Junior High Cross Country team.
“His favorite award, however, is making the top twenty record board for the Chrisman Cow Chip course with a time of 12:19.”
As the 5K was approaching last year, it was Seth’s great Aunt, Nancy Congleton, who encouraged Ellis to compete. Instead of competing last year, Ellis set his goal to winning the 5K this year, which he achieved.
This year, since he was already conditioning for the track season, Ellis entered the 5K. “He’s planning on running the Victory 5K again next year,” Shannon said. “He’s not sure if he’ll attempt any other 5K’s in the future or not.”
When he’s not running, Ellis loves to farm, hunt and fish. Being outdoors and staying busy is what makes him happy. As he prepares to go into high school, Ellis plans to run Cross Country.
His accolades as a runner, plus winning a highly competitive 5K, makes the Ellis family proud.
“We’re very proud of him. He’s really pushed himself this year and we can’t wait to watch his net race,” his mother said. “We want to thank the community for cheering on and supporting Seth at his races. It means a lot.”
Seth’s sister, Autumn, also competed and finished first in the ‘Female 19 and under’ with a time of 39:19.