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Kendall Ellis (born March 8, 1996) is an American sprinter.[1] She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. Ellis competed in 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships won gold in the 4×400 m relay and bronze in the 400 meters.[2]

Kendall Ellis
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Ellis in 2018
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1996-03-08) March 8, 1996 (age 23)
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400 metres
College teamUSC Trojans
ClubNew Balance
Turned pro2018
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 49.99 (Stanford, CA 2018)

On June 10, 2018, she gained widespread notoriety after her come from behind victory in the 1600 meter relay at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. She caught Purdue's Jaheya Mitchel at the finish line, giving University of Southern California the team event and its second women's track and field national title in program history.[3] Ellis is a 14-time NCAA Division I All-American, 7-time Pac-12 Conference champion and 5-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion. Ellis set 2 indoor track and field NCAA and United States collegiate records in 400 m and 4 x 400 m relay.

CareerEdit

In January 2019, Ellis was announced to sign with New Balance and won her professional debut later that week at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.[4][5]

Ellis competed in the women's 400 metres and won gold in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay (participating in the prelim) at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. Ellis competed in 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships and won gold in the 4×400 m relay and bronze in the 400 meters.[6] Ellis is 2015 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field 400 m women Champion.

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
IAAF Championships
2017 2017 World Championships London Stadium 1st place 4x400 m relay 3:21.67[7]
22nd place 400 metres 52.18[8]
Pan Am U20 Championships
2015 2015 Pan American U20 Athletics Championships[9] Foote Field
Edmonton Alberta
3rd place 400 metres 52.81
1st place 4x400 m relay 3:31.49
USATF Championships
2018 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships[10] Drake University 3rd place 400 metres 50.37
2017 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships[11] Sacramento State University 3rd place 400 metres 50.00
2015 2015 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships[12] University of Oregon 1st place 400 metres 52.32

NCAAEdit

Ellis is a 14-time NCAA Division I All-American, 7-time Pac-12 Conference champion and 5-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion. Ellis is the current American and Collegiate Record Holder for the indoor 400-meter dash with a time of 50.34 seconds.[13]

Representing University of Southern California
School Year MPSF
Indoor
Track
NCAA
Indoor
Track
Pac 12
Outdoor
Track
NCAA
Outdoor
Track
2018 Senior 200 m – 23.36 – 1st 200 m – 22.74w (2.9) – 4th
400 m – 50.34 – 1st 400 m – 49.99 – 1st 400 m – 50.19 – 2nd
4x400 m – 3:27.45 – 1st 4x400 m – 3:30.45 – 1st 4x400 3:27.06 1st
4x100 m – 42.85 – 1st 4x100 m – 43.11 – 3rd
2017 Junior 200 m – 23.09 – 1st 200 m – 22.80 (1.5) – 4th
400 m – 51.07 – 2nd 400 m – 50.66 – 1st 400 m – 51.06 – 3rd
4x400 m – 3:32.54 – 1st 4x400 m – 3:29.52 – 1st 4x400 m – 3:23.35 – 2nd
2016 Sophomore 400 m – 53.11 – 1st 400 m – 53.56 – 2nd 400 m – 52.59 – 11th
200 m – 24.27 (−0.1) – 13th
4x400 m – 3:29.98 – 4th 4x400 3:34.14 1st 4x400 3:40.61 8th
2015 Freshman 400 m – 53.19 – 3rd 400 m – 52.88 – 5th 400 m – 54.45 – 24th
4x400 m – 3:33.58 – 1st 4x400 3:29.63 3rd 4x400 m – 3:32.12 – 1st 4x400 m – 3:29.97 – 2nd

Early Life and PrepEdit

Ellis grew up volunteering at the West Pembroke Pines Optimist Track Club.

Ellis works with children as a volunteer for Coaching Corps.

Ellis graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Florida) c/o 2014 as a 7-time FHSAA state champion with high school personal best times of 24.18 (200 meters) and 52.95 (400 meters).

Representing St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Florida)
Great Southwest Classic
2014 1st in the 400 m (53.49)
New Balance Outdoor Nationals
2011 15th in the 200 m (25.70)
Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state championship
Year Outdoor Track
2014 1st in the 400 m (52.95)
1st in the 4x400 m (3:41.01)
Krystal Sparling, Diamond Spaulding, Narinah Jean-Baptiste, Kendall Ellis
2013 1st in the 400 m (54.96)
1st in the 4x400 m (3:45.01)
Alon Lewis, Kendall Ellis, Krystal Sparling, Toria Levy
6th in the 200 m (24.45)
2012 1st in the 400 m (53.22)
1st in the 4x400 m (3:47.67)
Kendall Ellis, Kailn Houston, Toria Levy, Narinah Jean-Baptiste
5th in the 200 m (24.93)
2011 1st in the 400 m (54.83)
2nd in the 4x400 m (3:51.67)
Allison Richmond, Toria Levy, Amanda Hercules, Kendall Ellis
9th in the 200 m (24.88)

Ellis was St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Florida) teammates / relay partner with IAAF World U 18 and U 20 medalist Khalifa St. Fort.

In 2014, Ellis placed 1st in the 400 m (52.95) and 1st in the 4x400 m (3:41.01) at Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state meet.

In 2013, Ellis placed 1st in the 400 m (54.96), 6th in the 200 m (24.45) and 1st in the 4x400 m (3:45.01) at Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state meet.

In 2012, Ellis placed 1st in the 400 m (53.22), 5th in the 200 m (24.93) and 1st in the 4x400 m (3:47.67) at Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state meet.

In 2011, Ellis placed 1st in the 400 m (54.83), 9th in the 200 m (24.88) and 1st in the 4x400 m (3:51.67) at Florida High School Athletic Association 4A state meet.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kendall Ellis". IAAF. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "400 Metres women". IAAF. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "The USC runner whose title-winning relay went viral? Her career began in South Florida". Miami Herald. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kendall Ellis after winning her pro debut at 2019 NBIGP". letsrundotcom. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kendall Ellis Signs With New Balance, Will Debut at Indoor Grand Prix". FloTrack. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "400 Metres women". IAAF. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results – 4x400 m women". IAAF.org. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "2017 IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results – 400 m women". IAAF.org. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships". milesplit. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results – 400 m women". USATF.org. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results – 400 m women". USATF.org. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "2015 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results – 400 m women". USATF.org. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kendall Ellis" https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/united-states/kendall-ellis-263659 Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kendall Ellis Track & Field Profile – St Thomas Aquinas HS – Raiders – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Track and Field Results". Athletic.net. Retrieved October 16, 2018.

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