L.A.’s Newest SuperStar

It seems no single athletic performance in fairly far off Los Angeles history (step aside Sam Darnold, maybe even Kirk Gibson) has instantly affected an athlete as much as Kendall Ellis’ miraculous last 100 meters in the women’s 4/400 m relay which captured the Track & Field national championship for USC.

Truly split-second celebrity has attached itself to the USC senior from Pembroke Pines, Florida. Had she just finished second by a hair, none of this would be happening.

J. Brady McCullough  (L.A. Times)   —  Kendall Ellis’ time on the big stage is just getting started. Wednesday she and her relay mates will do a couple of morning TV spots locally, and they’re planning to throw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game.

More opportunities will come. She says she has chosen her agent and is in discussions with shoe companies for sponsorship. Her hope is to make the U.S. Olympic team for the Tokyo Games in 2020, where she’d surely have to consider deleting her social media apps again.

“I’m in a situation and position that a lot of people don’t get to have,” Ellis says. “So I’m learning to embrace it more, especially in the sense that I can use my sport to have a broader reach outside of my sport.

“That’s really important to me. If you can take something that I’m doing and apply it to your life, that’s cool. That’s pretty meaningful to me.”

It seems like everyone she bumps into now has something to say about her heart-stopping relay run to glory.

Monday, as she and Hill posed for a photo shoot, USC throws coach Dan Lang stopped by the track.

“I’ve got people who don’t even watch track texting me and saying, ‘Oh my God, that last leg,’ ” Lang said. “That was epic.”

Ellis’ time on the big stage is just getting started. Wednesday she and her relay mates will do a couple of morning TV spots locally, and they’re planning to throw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game.

More opportunities will come. She says she has chosen her agent and is in discussions with shoe companies for sponsorship. Her hope is to make the U.S. Olympic team for the Tokyo Games in 2020, where she’d surely have to consider deleting her social media apps again.

“I’m in a situation and position that a lot of people don’t get to have,” Ellis says. “So I’m learning to embrace it more, especially in the sense that I can use my sport to have a broader reach outside of my sport.

“That’s really important to me. If you can take something that I’m doing and apply it to your life, that’s cool. That’s pretty meaningful to me.”

It seems like everyone she bumps into now has something to say about her heart-stopping relay run to glory.

Monday, as she and Hill posed for a photo shoot, USC throws coach Dan Lang stopped by the track.

“I’ve got people who don’t even watch track texting me and saying, ‘Oh my God, that last leg,’ ” Lang said. “That was epic.”

“Thanks,” Ellis says.

Walking away, Lang adds, “She was so sad that she didn’t win the 400, but people would have forgotten that. This is different. Nobody is ever going to forget that.”

Ellis can thank Hill’s ka-bobble. Without it, USC likely would have won the race going away.

“I think this is the best story,” Hill says. “We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Thanks,” Ellis says.

Walking away, Lang adds, “She was so sad that she didn’t win the 400, but people would have forgotten that. This is different. Nobody is ever going to forget that.”

Ellis can thank Hill’s ka-bobble. Without it, USC likely would have won the race going away.

“I think this is the best story,” Hill says. “We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

LATimes.com

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When you read Ellis’s account of the race,it makes the video and the result even more special.