Kendall Ellis and USC’s women’s 4×400-meter relay team are receiving national exposure for their comeback win to clinch an NCAA title.
After an uneven exchange of the baton, Ellis was in fifth place when she started her anchor leg. The Trojans needed a win in the 4×400 relay to eclipse Georgia for the national title. That outcome seemed unfathomable when Ellis got the baton on the final leg.
Yet, Ellis had other ideas.
Ellis fought back and made up a huge deficit in the last 100 meters of the race to narrowly edge Purdue’s anchor leg Jahneya Mitchell at the finish line with a stunned and exuberant Eugene crowd there to witness.
The improbable come-from-behind finish by USC has received national exposure. More importantly, USC earned an NCAA Women’s National Track and Field title because of the win. The Trojans needed the 10 points that came with each first place finish to top Georgia for the championship. The Bulldogs didn’t have a relay team in the race.
USC’s relay team achieved that by the narrowest of margins, thanks to Ellis’ clutch finish.
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What an insane comeback! https://t.co/2mGWaBfl0i
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