IT'S OFFICIAL: Sydney McLaughlin Is Going Pro

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!

Sydney McLaughlin Signs With New Balance

Our Reactions To Sydney McLaughlin & New Balance

Sydney McLaughlin, the NCAA record-holder in the 400m hurdles, has signed a professional contract with New Balance. 

NCAA XC DIII Recap: North Central Does Their Best NAU Impression

Workout Wednesday: North Central Crushes Mile Repeats

While the top Division I teams were going to head-to-head in Madison, Wisconsin, at Pre-Nationals on Saturday, the majority of the best squads in Division III were doing the same an hour and a half north in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at their version of Pre-Nats. 

NAU, BYU, New Mexico Hold Serve At Pre-Nats: NCAA Recap

Saturday's Wisconsin Pre-Nationals marked the end of NCAA cross country's "regular season" and the final opportunity to race on the course that will host the NCAA Championships next month. The four races produced a long list of strong performances and rearranged some of the post-season projections. 

Wyoming's Paul Roberts Is The Cross Country Star You've Never Heard Of

NCAA XC: Dynasties On The Line

Back in June, the University of Wyoming men’s cross country team received an unexpected gift that immediately improved their outlook for the 2018 season.

NAU Reloads For Another XC Onslaught, BYU Prepares For First Test

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2018 Nuttycombe Invitational Men's 8k - Morgan McDonald Is Back!

For years, the mid-October weekend for NCAA XC separated the top collegiate programs at either Pre-Nationals or the Wisconsin Invite. But with nationals coming to Madison later this fall, those two prestigious events have become one in 2018, making for a giant cross country carnival featuring four races jam-packed with all the best teams in the nation.

Alicia Monson Looks To Recapture Madison Magic At Pre-Nats

Two weeks ago at the Nuttycombe Invitational, the women’s races held all the surprises. 

Wisconsin Pre-Nationals Confidence Picks: New Mexico Gets Back On Top

The epicenter of NCAA cross country this weekend is once again Madison, Wisconsin as Saturday’s Wisconsin Pre-Nationals will host a bevy of ranked teams and individuals. 

Donavan Brazier Joins Nike Oregon Project

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Men's 800m, Premiere - Donavan Brazier runs 1:44.63! #2 in the world

2017 U.S. 800m champion Donavan Brazier is taking his immense talent to the Nike Oregon Project.

With 26 Days To Go, Flanagan & Linden Focus On TCS NYC Marathon

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(09-Oct) -- Over the past year Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden have redefined what an American marathoner can achieve. But, as they approach the final weeks of preparation for the TCS New York City Marathon, it's clear that their paths to race day couldn't be more different this time around.

Emily Sisson Wins Reebok Boston 10K In 30:39

(c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved(09-Oct) -- Emily Sisson of Providence, R.I., won yesterday's 42nd Reebok Boston 10-K, the re-branded Tufts Health Plan 10-K for Women, in cloudy and cool conditions.  The recently-married Sisson, 26, covered the out-and-back course in Boston's Back Bay in 30:39, 33 seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Buze Diriba who had shadowed Sisson for most of the race.  Sisson won $9000 in prize money.