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William Morris Endeavor, the Beverly Hills-based talent agency, has signed Sydney McLaughlin according to Sports Business Daily.  

The firm represents many Hollywood stars including Denzel Washington, Emma Stone, and Ben Affleck as well as high-profile athletes such as Serena Williams, Cam Newton and Novak Djokovic. 

Allyson Felix is also on the group's list of clients, though her brother, Wes Felix, also serves as her agent. 

McLaughlin has not yet announced that she has signed with a shoe or apparel sponsor.  

After the NCAA Championships in June, the 18-year-old McLaughlin said she planned to turn professional and would forego her final three years of eligibility at the University of Kentucky.

In just one season at Kentucky, McLaughlin exceeded the lofty expectations that accompanied her after one of the greatest prep careers in track and field history. As a high schooler, McLaughlin set a world junior record in the 400m hurdles and made an appearance at the 2016 Olympics. 

At Kentucky, she finished fourth in the 200m and second in the 400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the spring, she took her success in the 400m hurdles to new heights. She broke own world junior record in the event, running 53.60 in season debut. Two weeks later at the SEC Championships, McLaughlin smashed her personal best and the NCAA record with a time of 52.75. 

That mark is tied for the 13th fastest all-time and is just .28 off of the American record.  At June’s NCAA Championships, she easily took the title, running 53.96 to win by almost two seconds. 

Outside of the 400m, McLaughlin also shined. In her only 400m race of the outdoor season, she ran 50.07. She also recorded personal bests in the 200m of 22.39 and a wind-aided 11.07 in the 100m. 

The NCAA Championships appear to be McLaughlin’s last race in the 2018 season.

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