CSUEB Assistant Athletic Director Dawn Ellerbe placed seventh in the hammer throw at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (Photo: Dawn Ellerbe)
The Penn Relays is the largest track meet in the United States and is celebrating its 118th year of operation. It recognizes talent on every level — high school, college, Olympic Development, Olympic, and Masters. Dawn Ellerbe, the Pioneers' Assistant Athletic Director, was inducted to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame in April for her skill at the hammer throw.
Ellerbe broke the American record in the hammer throw over six times as a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina. She won four NCAA Track and Field individual titles, 12 USA Track and Field titles and placed seventh at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia. She set a record in the hammer cage while competing at the Penn Relays in 1999, 2000, and 2001.
“I am so excited and truly humbled by this honor and recognition," said Ellerbe. "The Penn Relays, beyond compare, is one of the biggest track events in the world and records fall on all levels of track and field. I won’t ever forget the competitions and camaraderie that I experience at the Penn Relays and Franklin field as a South Carolina Gamecock and member of the New York Athletic Club (NYAC).”
Ellerbe retired from track and field in 2004 and returned to her alma mater, University of South Carolina, to work in athletics administration as Marketing Director for Varsity Sports. She joined CSUEB as Assistant Athletic Director in 2009
Way to go, Dawn!