Dawn Ellerbe
Personal information
Born (1974-04-03) April 3, 1974 (age 48)
Central Islip, New York, U.S.
Occupation2000 Summer Olympic Games;
female track and field athlete
Years active1997–2003

Dawn Ellerbe (born April 3, 1974, in Central Islip, New York) is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the hammer throw.[1] She is currently the assistant athletic director at California State University, Northridge and a popular fashion model and blogger.[2][3] Ellerbe is a member of the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame and is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Midlands in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ellerbe was featured in the New York Times article, "Sports of The Times; At Sydney, the First Toss Goes to the Women" by George Vecsey.[4] and by CNN Sports Illustrated, "Ellerbe leads U.S. in debut of hammer throw."[5] Her interest in fashion was profiled in "My Way: Dawn Ellerbe" in skirt!Columbia.[6]

During her time as a student athlete at the University of South Carolina, Ellerbe was a four-time NCAA champion, six-time All-American and five-time Southeastern Conference champion. After receiving her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1996, Ellerbe continued competition.

Ellerbe is a five-time USA Indoor champion (1996, 1998–2001) and six-time USA Outdoor champion in the hammer throw (1995–2001). Ellerbe also claimed the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Then representing the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics, Ellerbe finished in 7th place in the women's hammer throw competition with a distance of 66.80 metres.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1997 Universiade Catania, Italy 6th 61.52 m
1998 Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 6th 62.78 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 4th 67.52 m
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 1st 65.36 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 10th 63.55 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 7th 66.80 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 13th (q) 64.34 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 7th 61.51 m
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 5th 65.75 m
World Championships Paris, France 29th (q) 61.66 m


  1. ^ Dawn Ellerbe at World Athletics
  2. ^ "Pioneer Points". September 17, 2009.
  3. ^ "South Carolina's Dawn Ellerbe Moves to Cal State East Bay". September 2009.
  4. ^ Vecsey, George (August 4, 2000). "Sports of The Times; At Sydney, the First Toss Goes to the Women". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Ellerbe leads U.S. in debut of hammer throw". CNN. August 19, 2000.
  6. ^ "My Way: Dawn Ellerbe". August 25, 2008.