Ella Whinney
Ella Whinney
  • Height:
    5'10"
  • Year:
    2026
  • Hometown:
    Madison, Wis.
  • High School:
    Madison Country Day School
  • Position:
    Distance
  • Major:
    Undeclared
  • Pronunciation:
    ELL-uh WIN-ee

Bio

 

Link to TFFRS.org Career Statistics

Collegiate Career Honors:
  • 2023 NCAA Division III All-American - 3000m Steeplechase
  • 2x USTFCCCA All-Region - 3000m Steeplechase (2023, 2024)
  • 2024 NEWMAC First Team All-Conference - 3000m Steeplechase
  • 2024 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference
2023-24:
Outdoor Track & Field:
  • Began the spring by placing fourth in the 1500m event at the Emory Spring Break Classic (4:44.00)
  • Claimed 13th in the 1500m at the Coast Guard Invitational (4:59.05)
  • Won the 3000m Steeplechase event at the Silfen Invitational (11:21.61)
  • Earned first in the 1500m (4:38.21) and High Jump (1.42m) against Smith and Mount Holyoke
  • Captured first in the 3000m Steeplechase at the NEWMAC Championships (10:49.07)
Indoor Track & Field:
  • Opened the season with a fourth place finish in the Indoor Mile at the Tufts Cupid Challenge (5:17.57)
  • Runner-up in the 800m at the Gordon Kelly Invitational (2:25.88)
  • Took second in the Indoor Mile (5:12.07) and High Jump (1.46m) at the Peter de Villiers Cup
  • Ran an Indoor Mile time of 5:06.36 at the New England DIII Championships
  • Claimed third in the Indoor Mile with a personal-best time of 5:01.01 at the Tufts University Qualifying Meet
  • Placed 18th with a time of 5:06.48 in the Indoor Mile at the NCAA DIII Championships
2022-23:
Outdoor Track & Field:
  • Opened outdoor season by winning the 1500m (4:48.46) and finishing eighth in the 800m at Emory Thrills in the Hills (2:21.68)
  • Third in the 1500m (4:48.06) and part of third place 4x400m relay team at the Silfen Invitational (4:09.51)
  • Won the 3000m steeplechase (11:25.76), third in the high jump (1.37m), and part of the winning 4x400m relay team at the Wellesley Tri-Meet (4:15.49)
  • Earned fourth in the 1500m (4:40.90), 10th in the 800m (2:22.73), 10th in the high jump (1.47m), and part of a fourth place 4x400m relay team at the NEWMAC Championship (4:09.77)
  • Earned sixth in the 3000m steeplechase at the New England DIII Championship (11:10.08)
  • Ran a 10:56.70 to capture third in the 3000m steeplechase at the NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship
  • Placed first with a time of 10:42.72 in the 3000m steeplechase at the MIT Final Qualifier
  • Finished eighth and set a program record at the NCAA DIII National Championships in the 3000m steeplechase to become an All-American (10:37.97)
Indoor Track & Field:
  • Won the mile event in collegiate debut at the Mary Grinaker Invitational (5:22.38)
  • Season best in the high jump at the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational (1.47m)
  • Set season best in the mile at the John Thomas Terrier Classic (5:12.11)
  • Won the 1000m event against Smith and Mount Holyoke (3:04.70), also part of winning distance medley relay team (12:59.24)
  • Placed third at New England DIII Championships in the 1000m race with a personal best time (2:59.23)
Before Wellesley:
  • Was a four-sport athlete in volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track
  • Voted MVP for cross country 2019-21; First Team All-conference in cross country; conference champ 3200m
  • State qualifier in 3200m, 1600m, 5k
  • Second Team All-conference in volleyball and basketball
Personal:
  • Daughter of Robb Whinney and Kristy Wendt
  • Has three siblings, Jack, Roz, and Cece
Why Wellesley?
  • Chose to attend Wellesley after going to a Wellesley Alumni Track & Field Panel during her college search