Joe Ellis
Joe  Ellis


Sammamish, Wash.

High School:



Elig. (In/Out):


Cartwright, Ellis Close Historic Season with All-America Honors

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


Historic Weight Throw Duo Leads U-M to Seventh at Big Tens

Throwers Lead Men's Track and Field to Seventh at Big Tens


Another Weekend, Another School Record

Ellis Improves School Record in Men's Weight Throw


Awards & Honors: Bastien's School Record Earns BIG Athlete of the Week Award

Bastien's School Record Earns Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Week Award


Ellis' School Record Headlines U-M's Notre Dame Invite Title

Men's Thrower Ellis' School Record Paces U-M's UND Invite Title


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: March 13, 2017

At Michigan
• British Championships (2016) and Under-20 Championships (2015) participant in the hammer
• Program record-holder in the hammer throw (68.25m / 223-11)
• 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)

Junior (Sophomore) (2017)
• 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)
Weight Throw (I)22.49m (73-9.5)2-25-17
Hammer Throw (O) 223-11 ft. (68.25m) 5-26-16