Ellen  Wortham

Ellen Wortham

Maryville, Tenn.

High School:



Year (In/Out):


Pentathlon: 4,042 (2011)
60mH: 8.34 (2012)
400m: 52.99 (2012)
High Jump: 5-7.75/1.72m (2011)
Long Jump: 20-5/6.22 (2012)

400m: 54.04 (2012)
100mH: 13.58 (2012)
400mH: 55.55 (2012)
High Jump: 5-7/1.70m (H.S.)
Long Jump: 19-10.25/6.05m (2010)


2009 Outdoor 4x100mR: 7th, 44.05

2010 Indoor DMR: 1st, 10:58.37

2011 Indoor Pentathlon: 8th, 4,042
2011 Indoor DMR: 8th, 11:07.86
2011 Outdoor 4x400mR: 7th, 3:32.15

2012 Indoor 4x400mR: 6th, 3:34.13
2012 Outdoor 400mH: 3rd, 55.82


2009 Indoor DMR: 1st, 11:23.43
2009 Indoor Pentathlon: 5th, 3,736
2009 Outdoor 4x400mR: 4th, 3:38.41
2009 Outdoor 400mH: 5th, 59.08

2010 Indoor Pentathlon: 4th, 3,863
2010 Indoor 4x400mR: 6th, 3:39.79
2010 Outdoor 400mH: 2nd, 57.77
2010 Outdoor 4x400mR: 5th, 3:36.54

2011 Indoor Pentathlon: 3rd, 3,977
2011 Indoor 4x400mR: 5th, 3:36.16
2011 Indoor High Jump: 6th, 5-6/1.68m
2011 Outdoor 400mH: 1st, 55.70
2011 Outdoor 4x100mR: 6th, 44.73
2011 Outdoor 4x400mR: 7th, 3:38.62
2011 Outdoor Long Jump: 4th, 19-11.75/6.09m

2012 Indoor Long Jump; 2nd, 20-5/6.22m
2012 Indoor 4x400mR: 4th, 3:34.76
2012 Indoor 60mH: 7th, 8.34
2012 Outdoor 400mH: 1st, 55.55
2012 Outdoor 4x400mR: 3rd, 3:33.85
2012 Outdoor Long Jump: 4th, 20-5.75/6.24m

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Eleven-time USTFCCCA All-American...NCAA Indoor Champion in DMR (2010)...Seven-time NCAA Scorer...SEC Indoor Champion with DMR (2009) and two-time outdoor victor in 400m hurdles (2011/2012)...21-time SEC scorer and four-time All-SEC honoree...2010 USA Outdoor Championships 400mH finalist, placing eighth...2011 & 2012 Sea Ray Relays Tony Wilson Award winner for women's running events...Two-time Penn Relays champion...2012 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient...Three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic...Four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient...2012 Capital One Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America First Team...2012 Capital One Academic All-District 3 Track & Field/Cross Country First Team...2011 Capital One Academic All-District IV Second Team...School record-holder in the 400mH.

2012: Honors - USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America First Team (400mH) and Second Team (4x400mR)...Co-SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Outdoor All-SEC First-Team (400m hurdles)...Earned USTFCCCA Indoor All-America First Team (4x400m) and Second Team (400m)...All-SEC Indoor Second Team (long jump)...SEC Outdoor Track & Field Runner of the Week (April 17)...Sea Ray Relays Tony Wilson Award winner for women's running events...Named SEC Outdoor Runner of the Week with UT's sprint medley relay on May 1...NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient...Capital One Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-America First Team...Capital One Academic All-District 3 Track & Field/Cross Country First Team...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Indoors - Ran leadoff leg for UT's sixth-place 4x400m relay at the NCAA Indoor meet, helping that unit to a season-best time of 3:34.13 and USTFCCCA Indoor All-American First Team honors...Garnered second-team acclaim in the 400m, winding up 14th overall in 54.20 after not making the final...Ran a victorious and career-best 52.99 readout in the 400m at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on March 3 to climb from 19th to entering the NCAA meet at No. 7 in that event...Also rose to No. 3 on UT's all-time indoor performers list in that event...Scored in three events at SEC Indoor meet and would have in a fourth if not for a mishap in the pentathlon...Finished second with a huge PR of 20-5 in the long jump, earning All-SEC Second Team accolades...Was runner-up by a quarter of an inch...Ran a PR of 8.34 in the prelims and finals to place seventh in the 60m hurdles...Ran the opening leg of UT's fourth-place 4x400m relay that finished in 3:34.76...Ran a pentathlon 60m hurdles PR of 8.35 to win that event and appeared to be off toward a potential school-record score...A first-ever no-height in the high jump, however, spoiled that plan...Logged a 60m hurdles time of 8.43 to finish second in the Gold Division at the Akron Invitational...Unleashed a 53.49 PR in the 400 meters to finish fourth in the championship final at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational...Fourth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.74 at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge...Ran 8.58 in the prelims...Handled 400m leg on UT's NCAA-qualifying DMR unit, which finished second in 11:02.74 at the Mondo Challenge...Also led off season-best 4x400m relay unit (3:38.18) at that meet...Spent early part of season training for pentathlon, competing in varoius events...Outdoors - Ran at the NACAC U-23 Championships, taking second in the 400mH in a time of 57.10...Also ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400mR, which won the race in 3:28.64...Competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing second in her heat in the quarterfinals (56.63) and advanced to the semifinals, where she finished fifth in her heat in 55.87...Did not advance to the finals at the Trials...Placed third in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing in 55.82...Also competed in the 4x400m relay, which did not advance out of the semifinals despite a season-best clocking of 3:31.57...Broke Sharrieffa Barksdale's 28-year-old school record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.55 at SEC Outdoor Championships, earning her the title of SEC champion in that event for the second year in a row...Ran the leadoff leg of the third-place 4x400m relay, which finished in a time of 3:33.85...Scored in her third event of the meet by leaping for a wind-aided 20-5 3/4 feet to place 4th in the long jump...Qualified for a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles for the third time...Finished with the top readout in that event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round with a time of 55.66 in the first round and 55.70 in the quarterfinal...The first round clocking was a Hodges Stadium record...Also qualified for the national meet with the 4x400m relay team, running the leadoff leg of the season-best 3:33.59 time that was fourth best in the East...Opened the outdoor campaign by winning the 100m hurdles in a career-best 13.58, the 400m hurdles (57.27) and the long jump (19-6) at the UCLA/Washington State Double Dual...She also ran on UT's first-place 4x400m relay (3:41.05) at that meet...Picked up two more wins at the Tennessee Challenge taking the 400m in an outdoor career-best 54.04 and the 100m hurdles in 13.75...Earned the Tony Wilson Award for women's running events at the Sea Ray Relays for the second year in a row after winning the Showcase 400m hurdles in a nation-leading and meet-record-tying 55.93, winning the long jump at 19-11 3/4 and running the opening leg on UT's victorious Showcase 4x400 relay (3:39.37)...Chosen SEC Women's Runner of the Week (April 17) for her efforts at Sea Rays...Ran 400m leg on UT's Penn Relays champion sprint medley relay (3:43.79), which ran the No. 3 time in school history...Also handled 400m hitch for runner-up DMR (11:03.53) and anchored UT to sixth in the 4x100m relay (44.98).

2011: Honors - Earned USTFCCCA Indoor (1st team - pentathlon, DMR) and Outdoor (1st team - 4x400mR, 2nd team - 400mH) All-America recognition...All-SEC Outdoor First Team (400mH)...Sea Ray Relays Tony Wilson Award for women's running events...Lady Vol Most Valuable Field Athlete...Winner of Ilrey Oliver Sparks Memorial Award, which goes to the Lady Vols' toughest competitor...USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field and SEC Academic Honor Roll...Capital One Academic All-District IV Second Team...Indoors - Tallied a career-best score of 4,042 to finish eighth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Championships...Had a career-best 8.46 60m hurdles effort to fuel that...That was the third best score in UT history...Took third in that event at the SEC meet, accumulating 3,977 points, aided by 8.47 count in the hurdles and a 2:16.57 readout in the 800m...Also finished sixth in the open high jump (5-6) and ran on the Big Orange's fifth-place 4x400m relay unit (3:36.16) at the league meet...At NCAAs, she also aided the squad's eighth-place DMR unit (11:07.86)...Finished second in the pentathlon with 3,983 points at the Penn State National...Ran career bests of 54.36 in the 400m and 7.56 in the 60m at the Texas A&M Challenge...Outdoors - Solidified herself as one of the nation's best 400m hurdlers, winning the SEC title in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion for a career-best readout of 55.70...That performance ranks No. 2 in school history...She also won titles at the UCF Invitational, UT-UCLA Dual (meet-record 56.62), Sea Ray Relays and Vanderbilt Invitational...Reeled off eight-straight wins in that event during the season before finishing fourth in her heat and not advancing to the final at the NCAA meet...Qualified for the USA Championships and advanced to the semifinal round...Finished fourth in the long jump at the SEC meet, soaring to a barely-wind-aided 19-11 ¾...Was a baton-event contributor, as well, to UT's sixth-place finish in the 4x100m (44.73) and 4x400m (3:38.62) relays at the league meet...At NCAAs, she ran on Tennessee's seventh-place 4x4 (3:32.15)...Won the 400m hurdles, was fifth in 100m hurdles in a career-best 13.76 and assisted on UT's victorious 4x1, 4x4 and shuttle hurdle relays at the Sea Ray Relays to earn the Tony Wilson Award for women's running events...Ran on runner-up DMR unit at Penn Relays.

2010: Honors - Earned USTFCCCA Indoor All-America and All-SEC Outdoor Second Team honors...Chosen for Ilrey Oliver Sparks Memorial Award, which goes to the Lady Vols' toughest competitor...Made the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Indoors - Won an NCAA Indoor title with UT's DMR unit, handling the 400 leg on a group that ran 10:58.37...Scored twice for her squad at the SEC Indoor meet, taking fourth in the pentathlon with a score of 3,863 and aiding the 4x400m relay to a sixth-place time of 3:39.79...Posted PRs and was team's top performer in the 60m (7.56), 60m hurdles (8.58) and 400m (55.04)...Outdoors - Reeled off a then-career-best time of 57.77 to place second in the 400m hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships on her home track...Handled a leg of UT's fifth-place 4x4 unit (3:36.54) at that meet as well...Continued to develop in the 400 hurdles, lowering her PR to 57.55 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round and qualifying for the NCAA meet...Did not advance out of the prelims in Eugene, though...Also ran the opening leg for UT's 4x4, which did not advance past the semifinal round...Closed out her season at the USA Outdoor Championships, where she lowered her PR in the 400m hurdles to 56.83 in the semifinals and impressively qualified for the final...Wound up eighth after running 58.81 in the "money race"...Earlier in the season, at the Penn Relays, she handled the 400 leg for UT's victorious distance medley relay.

2009: Honors - Earned USTFCCCA Outdoor All-America honors with 4x100m relay...SEC Indoor Co-Freshman of the Year...All-SEC Indoor First Team (DMR)...SEC Indoor (DMR/pentathlon) and Outdoor (400mH) All-Freshman Team...Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team...Indoors - Fifth at SEC Indoors in pentathlon with a personal-record score of 3,736...Ran 400m leg on UT's SEC Indoor champion DMR and placed ninth in the high jump...Made trip to NCAA Indoor meet as alternate with distance medley relay...Got her indoor high jump PR in New York City, taking second with a leap of 5-7 3/4 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational...Outdoors - Ran third leg of UT's seventh-place NCAA 4x100m relay team (44.05)...Regional qualifier in 400m hurdles as well as with 4x100m and 4x400m relays...Placed fifth in the 400m hurdles at the SEC Outdoor meet with a then-career-best 59.08 readout...Ran on Lady Vols' fifth-place 4x100m baton event effort at Penn Relays.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned all-state honors 14 times during her prep career...Collected five all-state citations as a senior...Was the 2008 TSSAA Class AAA pentathlon champion with 3,493 points and the high jump victor as well at 5-6...Finished second in the long jump at 18-3 and in the 300m hurdles at 42.07...Additionally, she anchored Maryville's 4x400m relay tandem to second place as the Rebels managed a third-place team finish due, in large part, to her efforts...Her 300m hurdles mark ranked her ninth on Track & Field News' national prep list for 2008, while her 19-10 mark in the long jump placed her sixth best on the publication's wind-aided jumps list...Earned four all-state accolades as a junior, taking second in the 300m hurdles and adding third-place outcomes in the pentathlon and long jump and a fourth-place finish in the 100m hurdles at the state meet...Three-time all-stater in 2006, taking second in the high jump, third in the 300m hurdles and fourth in the long jump...Finished eighth in the pentathlon and fifth in the 300m hurdles as a freshman to collect her first two all-state nods...School record-holder in the long jump and 100- and 300-meter hurdles...PRs include 3,493 (pentathlon), 5-7 (high jump), 18-7 (long jump), 14.37 (100m hurdles), 42.07 (300m hurdles) 63.79 (400m hurdles) and 60m hurdles (9.04)...Involved in several Maryville High School drama productions, including The Crucible, Pride and Prejudice, and Robin Hood.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 5, 1990, in Memphis, Tenn....Majoring in psychology...Parents are Tom and Donna Wortham...Recipient of the Doug and Ruby Ketner Women's Athletic Endowed Scholarship.

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