Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Residence: Los Angeles, California
College: University of Southern California
200m 22.71 (2018)
400m 49.99 (2018)
400m indoors 50.34 (2018) NR
As a student at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Kendall Ellis made her mark as one of the nation’s leading prep quarter milers, winning four Florida state high school titles and ending her prep career with a nation-leading best of 52.95.
Moving across the country to sprint powerhouse USC, Kendall proved an immediate asset for the Trojans. As a freshman, Kendall made the semi-finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400m and helped USC to a runner-up finish in the 4x400m relay. Later that summer, Kendall won the US junior title over 400m and went on to win the bronze medal at the Pan Am Junior Games.
In 2017, Kendall won the 400m at the PAC-12 Championships and finished third in the 400 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Just a few weeks later, Kendall took third in the 400m at the USATF Championships, earning her a spot at the World Championships in London. In London, Kendall won a gold medal as part of the USA’s 4x400m relay.
The following year was an historic one for Kendall. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Kendall won the 400m in 50.34, a new American record and made her the twelfth-fastest woman in history. Kendall ended her season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and a third-place finish at the USATF Championships. In 2019, Kendall’s first as a professional, she improved to second in the 400m at the USATF Championships, earning a spot at the World Championships in Doha. At Doha, Kendall qualified for the semi-finals and won a gold medal as part of the USA’s 4x400m relay.
After a 2020 season limited by COVID-19, Kendall finished fourth at the US Olympic Trials, earning her a place on the US relay squad at the Tokyo Olympics. At Tokyo, Kendall won bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay and gold in the women’s 4x400m.