Kendall Ellis set a new USC freshman record in the women's 400m dash.
THIS YEAR: Junior Kendall Ellis begins her third season as a Trojan competing in the 400m dash and 4x400m relay. She ranks in USC's top 10 and is the school freshman record-holder in the 400m dash and ran the third leg on USC's 4x400m relay which set the school indoor and outdoor records last season.
2016: Set a 400m PR of 51.82 in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 15…that time ranks fifth all-time by a Trojan. She finished second at the Pac-12 Championships in the 400m race with a time of 53.56. Reached the NCAA semifinals in the 400m and finished 10th with a time of 52.59. Ran on USC’s 4x400m relay which set the school record with a time of 3:26.73 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on May 28. The team dropped the baton during the first exchange at the NCAA Championships and finished eighth with a time of 3:40.61…they also won the Pac-12 title with a time of 3:34.14. She had a 200m PR of 23.32 (+1.1) at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16. She had an indoor 400m PR of 52.77 at the Tyson Invitational then won the MPSF title with a time of 53.11.
2015: Ellis won the 400m with a time of 53.49 at the Trojan Invite on March 21. She then won and set the USC freshman record in the 400m with a time of 53.01 at the Jim Click Shootout on April 11...she bested Malika Edmonson's record of 53.02 which was set in 1998 and moved to ninth on USC's all-time 400m list. Ellis was named the Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the week of April 6-12. She would go on to better her freshman record four more times. She had a time of 52.96 to place third at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18, ran 52.88 to finish fifth at the Pac-12 Championships, ran 52.58 to place 10th at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships where she ran 54.45 in the semifinals to place 24th. She then had a PR of 52.32 to take the 400m title at the USATF Junior Championships on June 27. Ellis also placed third at the Pan Am Juniors with a time of 52.81 on July 31. Ellis was a key member of USC's 4x400m relay which set the school indoor record with a time of 3:29.63 to place third at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14, the outdoor record with a time of 3:27.86 at the NCAA West Regional on May and won the Pac-12 title. The quartet finished second at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:29.97.
HIGH SCHOOL: Ellis graduated with the class of 2014 from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is a four-time Florida State champion in the 400m dash, winning in 2014 with a PR of 52.95. She is also the four-time female MVP. Ellis' 400m dash time ranked fourth in the country among all high school women in 2014.
PERSONAL: Kendall was born on March 8, 1996 to Wanda and Samuel Ellis...She has two siblings: Courtney and Kimberly Ellis...She received a high school GPA of 4.7 while participating in clubs such as Delta GEMS and Think BIG and volunteering at the West Pembroke Pines Optimist Track Club...Her Sports hero is Allyson Felix because she is great at everything she does... She is currently majoring in Business Administration at the USC Marshall School of Business and hopes to go to law school...Lists her favorite color as gold, favorite musician as Childish Gambino, favorite movie as Avatar and favorite book as Diary of An Oxygen Thief...Says her favorite foods are pizza and chicken wings... Someday would like to travel to Dubai.
CAREER BESTS: 400m - 51.82 200m - 23.32 (+1.1)