IT'S OFFICIAL: Sydney McLaughlin Is Going Pro

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Sydney McLaughlin Announces She Will Go Pro After Her Freshman Season

World-leading 400m hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is officially going pro. 

After running the third leg on Kentucky's 4x400m relay and splitting 50.03 at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the freshman phenom announced that it was her final race as an NCAA athlete, that she's planning on racing at USATF Outdoor Nationals, and that she now intends to go pro. 

Today, McLaughlin stormed to her first, and last, NCAA title in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.96—almost two seconds ahead of runner-up Anna Cockrell of USC—despite horrendous conditions that included torrential rain and chilly temperatures.

McLaughlin set her 400m hurdles PR, 52.75, at the 2018 SEC Outdoor Championships in May, which reset her own world junior record and came tantalizingly close to the world record of 52.34. 

In 2016, McLaughlin made headlines as the 16-year-old who took third at the U.S. Olympic Trials and then went on to qualify for the semifinals in the 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympics.

Let the mad dash to sign Syd The Kid begin!

12 Crazy Things That Happened The First Day At USAs

Travis Miller

Day one of the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships is in the books! If you missed any of the action, click here for a full play-by-play, and here for the full results. Below are our top 12 things that happened on Thursday.

Molly Huddle Wins Fourth U.S. 10,000m Title In Dominant Fashion

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Molly Huddle After Fourth Consecutive USATF 10K Victory

DES MOINES (21-Jun) -- With machine-line precision, Molly Huddle picked apart the field of the women's 10,000m here on the first day of the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium, winning her fourth straight 10K title by a comfortable four seconds in 31:52.32.  In doing so, Huddle became the first American woman ever to win four consecutive 10,000m titles. It was also her 27th national title in any discipline, track or road.

Play-By-Play Recap: 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships, Day One

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LIVE RESULTS | FLOTRACK'S PICKS | POST RACE INTERVIEWS

House Of Run: McLaughlin Makes Her Pro Debut

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2018 USATF Outdoor Championships Preview Show

Jason and Kevin preview this weekend’s U.S. Championships and discuss the professional debuts of Sydney McLaughlin and Michael Norman, the chances of a Shelby Houlihan double, a stacked men’s 800m and the athlete most in need of a good race.

University of Texas And Bev Kearney Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

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The University of Texas has settled the gender and race discrimination lawsuit filed by former head women's track and field coach Bev Kearney after a five-and-a-half year court battle. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, though Kearney asked for one million dollars when she first filed the suit.

USA Outdoor Champs: Confidence Picks Featuring Iowans Returning to Iowa

When it comes to Championship events, anything can happen. Just last year, we saw Sara Vaughn drop a 61-second last lap to make her first-ever world team, Robby Andrews kick down Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz, and Ryan Crouser throw a shot farther than any human ever since 2003.

USATF Men's Sprint Preview: Michael Norman's Encore

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2018 USATF Outdoor Championships Preview Show

The USATF Outdoor Championships kick off on Thursday from Des Moines, Iowa. This is the fourth in a series of previews outlining the biggest names and storylines to watch. 

Who Should Win The Bowerman?

Travis Miller

Update: The Bowerman finalists have been announced. Keturah Orji, Maggie Ewen, Sydney McLaughlin, Michael Norman, Rai Benjamin and Grant Holloway.

FloTrack's USATF Championships Predictions

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2018 USATF Outdoor Championships Preview Show

FloTrack makes their picks for the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships

USATF Women's Sprint Preview: Watch Out For The College Kids

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The sprint and hurdle events at the 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships represent a changing of the guard as many top-ranked veterans are opting to skip the event entirely to rehabilitate injuries, or simply prep for the European summer circuit. Expect Des Moines to produce a slew of fresh-faced champions, many of whom we predict will be showing out straight from the college ranks.