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.
After Graduating from H.U., Wells moved to Orlando Florida to train with world-renowned coach, Dennis Mitchell. She worked hard to become known as one of the top female hurdlers in the world and was poised to attend the 2008 Olympics. During the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wells won her heat and quarterfinal, and during the semi-final, she ran a personal best time of 12.58; however, in the process she tore her hamstring and was unable to run in the finals. Wells’ Olympic dreams were put on hold and she was unable to compete during the remainder of the year.
After overcoming her heartbreaking injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wells is now back as a force to be reckoned with on the U.S. hurdle scene. This past year, she won her first outdoor national title in a personal best time of 12.50. During the indoor season, Wells dominated the top marks lists. Her winning time of 7.79 at the 2011 USA Indoor Championships was the #1 time in the world for the year. This year she is again expected expected to make the U.S. Olympic Team.