U of M Men - First-Team All-American Ellis Closes Out NCAA Championships

U of M Men - First-Team All-American Ellis Closes Out NCAA Championships

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// Kyle Terwillegar

» Joe Ellis finished fifth in the weight throw final at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn First-Team All-America honors.

» Grant Cartwright was 12th in the competition to earn Second-Team All-America plaudits.

» The Wolverines will now move on to the outdoor season, starting next weekend at Miami (Fla.).

Site: College Station, Texas (Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium)

Event: NCAA Indoor Championships

Team Result: Four points (final team results TBD)

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 16-17 -- Miami Hurricane Invitational (Coral Gables, Fla.)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Weight throwers Joe Ellis and Grant Cartwright earned All-America honors in their signature indoor event to close out the University of Michigan men's track and field team's final day of competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Texas A&M on Saturday (March 10).

Both needed clutch throws on their third-and-final throws of the prelims to even get on the board. Ellis ultimately finished fifth overall in the competition to earn a First-Team All-America award for the second year in a row, while Cartwright took 12th overall to notch Second-Team plaudits.

Ellis topped out at 22.56m (74 feet, 0.25 inches) on his fifth of six throws, while Cartwright threw 20.82m (68-3.75) on his third attempt.

Both men looked strong in their practice throws ahead of the competition, but both also struggled to find a rhythm through their first two rounds of throws. Ellis tossed his first out-of-bounds on the left side of the sector and went even farther afoul on his second, which clanked off the cage and banked into the sector.

While Ellis' foul trouble came out in the sector, Cartwright's originated in the ring. Though he launched two throws that would have advanced him to the nine-man final, he was unable to keep his footing in the ring and was called for two foot fouls. The called second foul, which surprised Cartwright and some in the crowd, was protested by the Michigan coaching staff.

Ellis got on the board in the third round as he went 22.55m (73-11.75) right down the middle of the sector to temporarily take the lead. He would enter the nine-man final in third position.

Cartwright also was able to get on the board in the third round, but his 20.82m heave was only enough for 12th place. While his second throw was being reviewed, Cartwright was permitted to compete under protest in the final three rounds of throws. He took one throw in the final -- another throw that would have put him in the running, but the measurement was not announced publicly -- before notification that the ruling of a foul had been upheld and his day officially came to an end.

Ellis was able to improve his prelims mark by a centimeter in round five, though he was bypassed by two opponents before his attempt. Needing to improve to around 23 meters to move up in the standings, he recorded a mark of 22.30m (73-2) on his final throw.

For Ellis, this year's performance marked an improvement from his 2017 performance in terms of both place and distance. He stepped up two spots on the podium from seventh a year ago, and improved his best mark of the day by more than a meter. All three of his measured throws on the day were superior to his 21.73m (71-3.5).

With the indoor season now officially in the books, the Wolverines will turn their focus to the outdoor season. Much of the Wolverines' full squad, with the exclusion of those who competed in College Station this weekend, will be in action next Friday and Saturday at the Miami (Fla.) Hurricane Invitational.

Full Michigan Results by Event

Weight Throw Final

5. Joe Ellis / 22.56m (74-0.75)

12. Grant Cartwright / 20.82m (68-3.75)