In Her Own Words: Kendall Ellis - Sanya Taught Me

Some people call me Kandii, some people call me Kendi. I didn’t give myself either of these nicknames, but hey take your pick. Either way Kandii/Kendi always coming back for my weekly blog. This is me switching it up.

Last weekend STA competed at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville. It was great getting to see and experience different competition other than what we’re used to in South Florida. Congratulations to the Saint Thomas boys for winning over all and congratulations to my girls on runner ups! I placed second with a new season best of 54.49 in the 400. Even though I “lost” (can you ever really lose when you PR? I think not), it’s humbling. There’s a quote I like that says, “A failure isn’t a failure if it preps you for success tomorrow”. Just wait on it.
Wednesday, Saint Thomas has the BCAA South Central Qualifiers, then the County Championships Saturday. Is it just me or is track season flying by? 
On another note, I absolutely love Sanya-Richards-Ross. I love watching her run, taking any chance I have to meet her, and I was all too excited the day she followed and mentioned me on Twitter and commented on an Instagram post. Even my coach says I have a weird thing for her. I just admire, respect, and look up to this woman so much, not only as an athlete, but as a businesswoman and person. Lucky for me and anyone else who decides to attend, both Sanya Richards and Tye Tribbett will be speaking at Christway Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. this Friday. I’m trying to stay calm. 
I have indeed met her multiple times, taken pictures, autographs, and held conversation. I speak both from personal experience and from watching her show Glam and Gold. Part of the reason I love her so much is because she’s someone I can see myself becoming and part of who I already am: a Christian woman who started running when she was 7 years old, lived in Pembroke Pines, FL, attended Saint Thomas Aquinas High School,  and runs the 200 but specializes in the 400  just like me. I strive to follow in her footsteps, but I want to be even better. I told her I’m trying to break both her school and state records to which she responded “Good luck and go for it.” I love her mindset, the way she goes beyond her career in track and field and uses it to do more. I love her work ethic, her desire to be great, and of course her husband Aaron Ross. Power couple or no? On a serious note, look at who you want to be like, find a role model, somebody to look up to and inspire you to be the best you can be. That’s what Sanya Richards-Ross is to me.  
That’s all for this week. Good luck to you all in your upcoming meets and training and don’t forget to go for the gold. Why? Because victory is best served gold. 

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