Sparkly Soul Ambassador Olympian Kellie Wells (@KellieWellz)
Kellie Wells is a professional hurdler and sprinter from Richmond, Virginia. Wells began track and field at the age of 6, influenced by her mother, father and older sister who were all track athletes. As a child, Wells joined one of the best track clubs in her hometown of Richmond, the Del-5 track club. After joining she immediately began to excel at track and formed a deep love for the sport as she continued to compete throughout elementary and middle school.
Wells attended both Manchester and James River High Schools, during her time at both she asserted herself as a very successful student athlete. She won countless Dominion District and Central Regional titles and was James River High School’s first state champion in any sport. She was also voted Richmond Metro Athlete of the Year and still holds many school, district, regional, and state records to this day. It was in her junior year of high school that Wells faced a tragedy that completely changed her life forever. Her mother was killed in a car accident. After losing her mother Wells was able to find solace in her friends, family and track. Wells’ mother was one of his biggest supporters and she still competes with her mother in mind today.
After graduating high school, Wells enrolled in Hampton University. At Hampton she helped lead the school to 4 Indoor Championships, 4 Outdoor Championships and 2 Cross Country Champions. A multiple time MEAC Conference Champion, NCAA All American and Academic All American, Kellie was a star athlete for the Lady Pirates.
Wells won Olympic bronze in 2012 to add a fairytale ending to her heartbreaking injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials where she was unable to compete in the finals due to a hamstring tear. Wells made an impressive comeback in 2011 by winning her first outdoor and indoor national titles, and dominating the top marks lists. Wells’ winning time of 7.79 at the 2011 USA Indoor Championships was the No. 1 time in the world for the year, and at the time gave her the nine fastest times in the world.
USA Championships 2011 USA Indoor (7.79) and Outdoor (12.50) champion Two-time Outdoor Championships runner-up – 2010 (12.84); 2012 (12.77) 2008 USA Indoor Championships bronze medalist (8.02)
International Championships 2012 Olympic bronze medalist (12.48)
Awards and Honors Two-time All-American at Hampton University