Written by Shelly Poe
Connie Ellerbe, a world class hurdler, was the first Mountaineer woman to earn All America status in track, a feat she achieved four times, finishing second at the 1992 NCAA championships, fourth in 1991, seventh in 1988 and ninth in 1989 in the 400 meter hurdles.
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A New Castle, Del., native, Ellerbe still holds the state high school record in the 300 meter hurdles and won four state championships in that event. At WVU, she won the 1992 ECAC hurdle title and was a member of the 4x100 relay squad that won titles at the ECACs and Millrose Games. Ellerbe still holds the Mountaineer track record for 400 meters (54.10), 400 hurdles (56.95) and 500 meters (1:12.84).
During and following her WVU career, she competed in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. She was a member of U.S. teams that competed in Canada and England. She was named to the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in November, 2004.