Each month, LEAD will honor a special athlete who is turning up the dial and challenging herself to be better each day.

blog-2bElla found great success in her first year in track running for Cascade Striders.  She is a sprinter running 100m, 200m, 400m, 200m hurdles and relays.  She has medaled gold, silver or bronze every time she hits the track in all Western Washington association meets, making girls who have been running for years take note.  She qualified for National Junior Olympics in both the 400m and 4x400m relay, in which she ran anchor.  She hopes to break one minute in the 400m this spring.  Her role model is Allyson Felix who has been an Olympic and World Champion in the 200m, 400m and relays.  She was also proud yorkie owner like Ella.

She also plays lacrosse for Seattle Starz and Bellevue Girls’ Lacrosse.  Ella was the leading scorer for her team last year and had earned the “Honor the Game” pin (selected by competing team for the player that shows strong skills and sportsmanship) in most games she has played. She wants to become as good as her coach Lyndsey Gillis who played at collegiate level and now also coaches the Seattle Prep team.

Ella is also a soccer player for Bellevue United Football club.  She has used her speed in the forward position to help her team to its first place ranking.  Recently, she has moved to center defense position to control the backfield and help shut down the competition.  She received the MVP award at 2015 President’s Cup finals for her previous team.  Her favorite player is Alex Morgan who has been a great contributor to the national and Olympic team.

Other sports that Ella has played competitively are gymnastics, softball, basketball and figure skating. Get it girl!!!