Kendall Ellis Signs With New Balance, Will Debut At Indoor Grand Prix

Kendall Ellis Signs With New Balance, Will Debut At Indoor Grand Prix

New Balance is stocking up on sprint talent, and its latest acquisition is none other than the U.S. women's indoor 400m record holder: Kendall Ellis.

Jan 24, 2019 by Jennifer Zahn
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New Balance is stocking up on sprint talent, and its latest acquisition is none other than the U.S. women's indoor 400m record holder: Kendall Ellis. 

Today, the 22-year-old announced on Twitter that she has taken her talents to the Boston-based company, where she will add star power alongside the likes of other NCAA record-holding sprinters Sydney McLaughlin and Gabby Thomas. She will stay in Los Angeles to train with USC director of track and field Caryl Smith Gilbert and assistant coach Quincy Watts.

Ellis will make her professional debut this Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in the 300m against her new teammate, Thomas, and Shakima Wimbley.

In 2018, Ellis closed out her senior year emphatically, to say the least. She racked up NCAA indoor titles in the 400m (50.34, the American record) and 4x400m relay (3:27.45), as well as runner-up honors outdoors in the 400m, but it was her final NCAA championship performance that went viral and catapulted her to fame among more than just track and field fans. 

On the anchor for USC at the NCAA outdoor 4x400m relay final, Ellis recouped what appeared to be an insurmountable gap of nearly 150 meters at the handoff to clinch a wild come-from-behind victory that proved pivotal in the Trojans capturing the national team title.

Ellis went on to compete in a USC uniform for the last time at the USATF Outdoor Championships, where she finished third in the 400m in 50.37 behind Jessica Beard (50.08) and Wimbley (49.52).

Kendall Ellis' Resume:

200m PR: 22.71 outdoors (2018) / 22.97 indoors (2017)

400m PR: 49.99 outdoors (2018) / 50.34 indoors (2018)