Gamecock Track and Field ready to retire Dawn Ellerbe jersey

COLOMBIA-Dawn Ellerbe, a four-time NCAA champion and six-time All-American All-American, is set to become the third South Carolina track and field athlete in program history to have her jersey retired, the report said. head coach. Curtis Frie announced Wednesday.

“It’s going to be one of the most special things we’ve ever done,” Frye said. “Dawn was in the early stages of dominating women’s sport. She became a trailblazer here and held world records. She came here and became an Olympian and a world record holder. She dominated the SEC and has won multiple NCAA titles.

“She’s a picture of how great you can be in Carolina. For our women’s programs to be as important as they are in our entire athletic department, there had to be a picture of women’s success. I think Dawn is the epitome of that image of athletic excellence. I’m so proud that South Carolina was part of her journey.”

Ellerbe competed in South Carolina from 1992 to 1997 and is one of the greatest pitchers in program history.

Ellerbe had a stronghold on the collegiate throwing scene in 1996 and 1997, winning the indoor shot put and outdoor hammer throw titles for all four of his titles in 1996 and 1997. In 1996, Ellerbe won the hammer with a collegiate and American record throw of 63.76. m/209-1. Ellerbe’s performance in 1996 marked the first time a middle schooler threw the hammer over 200 feet.

The four-time national champion also won four SEC individual titles as a Gamecock. She swept the SEC indoor shot put titles in 1996 and 1997. Ellerbe also won the outdoor discus in 1995 and 1996. At the 1996 SEC Outdoor Championships, Ellerbe was named the top scorer for her performance . She was also named SEC Female Athlete of the Year in indoor track and field.

Ellerbe then competed for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics. She was a finalist in the hammer throw, finishing seventh overall. Ellerbe also won nine United States Championships during his post-college career. Ellerbe also won the 1999 Pan American Games hammer throw title.

Ellerbe will be honored at the Gamecock Invitational at 2 p.m. on April 16. A private reception on April 15 will precede the recognition.

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