COLUMBIA, SC — Long before the Gamecock Athletics Program elevated its facilities with the Sheila and Morris Cregger Track and Carolina Indoor Athletics Complex, there were athletes like Dawn Ellerbe who competed at a elite level without the backdrop of elite facilities.
On Saturday, Ellerbe was at the Cregger track where she took note of the growing facilities for the track and field program.
A four-time NCAA champion and six-time All-American, Ellerbe became the third South Carolina track and field athlete in program history to have her jersey retired.
Ellerbe took his place next to the retired jerseys of Terrence Trammell and Miki Barber.
Ellerbe, who competed in South Carolina from 1992 to 1997, was a dominant pitcher in her final two seasons in Carolina. She swept the indoor shot put and outdoor hammer throw titles for her four titles in 1996 and 1997. In 1996 Ellerbe won the hammer throw with a college and US record throw of 63.76m / 209-1. Ellerbe’s performance in 1996 marked the first time a middle schooler threw the hammer over 200 feet.
She also won four SEC individual titles as a Gamecock, sweeping 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 his 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 Am Games hammer throw title.