Joe Ellis
Joe  Ellis


Sammamish, Wash.

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Hammer Thrower Ellis Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships

Men's Thrower Ellis Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships


Kornacki: Ellis, #MeatFactory Teammates Establishing U-M Throwers

Kornacki: Ellis, #MeatFactory Teammates Establishing U-M Throwers


Ellis' Historic Hammer Title Carries U-M on Day One of Big Ten Outdoors

Ellis Bests Own Men's Hammer Record En Route to B1G Outdoor Title


Ellis Dominates Texas Invitational Hammer Throw

Ellis Dominates Men's Hammer Throw at Texas Invite


Cartwright, Ellis Close Historic Season with All-America Honors

Cartwright Takes Second in Men's Weight Throw at NCAA Indoors


Men's Throwers: Roommates and Rivals

Weight throwers Grant Cartwright and Joe Ellis enter the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (March 10-11) ranked top-eight nationally.

Last Updated: May 15, 2017

At Michigan
• British Championships (2016) and Under-20 Championships (2015) participant in the hammer
• Program record-holder in the hammer throw 70.98m (232-10)
• No. 2 in U-M history in the weight throw (22.49m / 73-9.5)
• USTFCCCA First-Team All-American (2017 indoor: weight throw)
• USTFCCCA Honorable Mention (2016 outdoor: hammer throw)
• 2017 Big Ten Champion in the hammer throw

Junior (Sophomore) (2017)

• Won the Big Ten title with a school-record 70.98m (232-10) in the Hammer Throw to win the event title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (May 12-14)
• Threw a school-record 69.30m (227-4) in the Hammer Throw to win the event title at the Longhorn Invitational (Apr. 28-29)
• Threw 68.00m (223-1) in the hammer to win the event title at the Texas Invitational (Apr. 14-15), headlining a series that featured six of the best seven throws of his career to that point
• Threw a Morris Williams Stadium-record 66.34m (217-8) in the Hammer Throw to win the event title at the Battle of the Blues (Apr. 1)

• Earned USTFCCCA first-team All-America honors with a mark of 21.73m (71-3.5) in the Weight Throw to finish 7th at the NCAA Indoor Championships (Mar. 10-11).
• Threw a career-best 22.49m (73-9.5) in the Weight Throw to finish 2nd at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (Feb. 24-25) after temporarily breaking his own school record in the second round at 22.15m. The record was ultimately twice bettered by teammate Grant Cartwright.
• Threw a then-school-record 22.11m (72-6.5) in the Weight Throw to win at the Spire Invitational (Feb. 10-11), breaking his U-M record for the third time this season.
• Threw 22.01m (72-2.5) in the Weight Throw to win at the Akron Invitational (Feb. 3-4) in the Gold Division, missing his school record by a single centimeter.
• Threw a then-school-record 22.02m (72-3) in the Weight Throw to win at the Notre Dame Invitational (Jan. 21). One of two throws that surpassed his previous school record.
• Won the weight throw in his season debut at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational (Jan. 14) with a mark of 21.05m (69-.75)

Sophomore (Freshman) (2016)
• Competed in his second international event at the British Championships (June 26), placing ninth with a throw of 63.92 meters (209-8.5 ft.)
• Competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships to end his rookie season, finishing 17th for USTFCCCA Honorable Mention honors with his throw of 65.43 meters (214-8 ft.)
• Shattered the U-M record in the hammer at the NCAA East Preliminary Round (May 26), throwing 68.25 meters (223-11 ft.) on his final attempt to punch his NCAA Championships ticket
• Threw 63.75 meters (209-2 ft.) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (May 13), scoring with a sixth-place finish
• Set a PR 66.06 meters (216-9 ft.; No.2 all-time) to finish runner-up in the hammer at the Texas State Bobcat Classic (April 29)
• Threw 65.82 meters (215-11 ft.) to finish third in the hammer at the Jesse Owens Classic (April 22)
• Finished third in the hammer throw at the Tiger Track Classic (April 8) with a throw of 65.19 meters (213-10.5 ft.)
• Won the hammer throw at the Battle of the Blues (March 31) with a throw of 65.26 meters (214-1.25 ft.)
• Made outdoor debut at Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invite (March 25), throwing hammer of 64.39 meters (211-3 ft.)
• Scored at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 27) in his postseason debut, placing fourth in the weight throw with a new program record (21.22 meters; 69-7.50 ft.)
• Set a new PR in the weight throw at the SPIRE NCAA D1 Invitational (Feb. 13), finishing fourth with a throw of 20.08 meters (65-10.5 ft.)
• Matched his mark from two weekends previous with his throw of 20.03 meters (65-8.5 ft.) at the Akron Invitational (Feb. 6)
• Scored for U-M in the weight throw, finishing fourth with a personal record throw of 20.03 meters (65-8.5 ft) at the Notre Dame Invitational (Jan. 23)
• Won the weight throw event clearing 18.96 meters (62-02.50 ft.) at the Hillsdale Winter Opener (Jan. 9)
• Made U-M debut throwing a personal best 19.89 meters (65-3.25 ft.) for fifth place at the GVSU Holiday Open (Dec. 4)

Freshman (2015)
• Threw in the British Under-20 Championships, winning a bronze medal with his throw of 67.54 meters (221-7 ft.)

• Set a new PR while competing unattached at U-M's Silverston Invitational (Feb. 21), throwing 57-4.75 ft. (17.49m)
• Made his Wolverine debut at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational, where he recorded a mark of 55-0.75 ft. (16.78m) in the weight throw to set his collegiate PR

• Graduated from Eastlake High School
• National Honor Society
• Finished eighth in 6K Hammer Throw at USA Junior Track and Field Championships, where he set a personal best at 203-4 (62.04-meters)
• Holds School Records in Discus (168-10 ft.), Hammer (215-10) and Weight Throw (69-3)
• State Champion in 35-lb. weight and runner-up in 25-lb. weight (2014)
• Finished fourth at State Meet in Hammer (2013)
• Team Captain and Field Athlete of the Year (2014)
• All-State Honorable Mention in Football (2014)

• Enrolled in the School of Literature, Sciences and the Arts
• Undecided Major
• Born April 10, 1996
• Son of John and Caroline

High School Personal Bests
Discus -- 168-11 ft.
12-lb. Hammer -- 215-19
16-lb. Hammer -- 175-5
25-lb. Weight -- 69-3
35-lb. Weight -- 54-1


Event Time/Mark Date
Weight Throw (I)22.49m (73-9.5)2-25-17
Hammer Throw (O)70.98m (232-10)5-12-17