Sydney McLaughlin Signs With Top Talent Agency William Morris Endeavor

Sydney McLaughlin Announces She Will Go Pro

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.

The Best Track And Field Athlete From Every NCAA Tournament School

The 2019 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament begins this week, and in honor of March Madness we’ve selected the best track and field athlete— past or present— from each of the tournament’s 68 schools (minus Old Dominion, who does not have a track team; get a track team Old Dominion). Some of the names below are NCAA track and field legends from major programs. Others on this list never even qualified for the NCAA Championships. The 68 here ran the gamut, from Olympic heroes to mere school record holders.

Why LetsRun Is Wrong & USATF Is Right About Olympic Qualifying

Last week, the IAAF announced its new qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games, which included tougher entry standards and new computerized world rankings. The reaction was intense as some media outlets painted an apocalyptic worldview for U.S. athletics. In reality, it’s not that dramatic.

Cal Coach Tony Sandoval To Retire

Tony Sandoval, the director of track and field and cross country at Cal, will retire at the conclusion of the outdoor season. Sandoval spent 37 years at the university, beginning as the head women’s coach in 1982. 

Six Reasons We're Looking Forward To The NCAA Outdoor Track Season

As exciting as 200-meter ovals and banked curves are, we’re ready for the unpredictable weather, sprint relays and 10K races of spring track season. Here’s a few reasons to get excited for NCAA outdoor track and field.

FloTrack To Stream 2019 Boston Marathon In Europe

AUSTIN, Texas — March 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Boston Athletic Association, announced a partnership to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Boston Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in over 40 European countries. 

Ethiopia's Belay Tilahun, Not Included In Elite Field, Wins NYC Half

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Linden, Chelimo Ready for United Airlines NYC Half On Sunday

The United Airlines NYC Half is often considered a springboard to future goals for elite runners, but that's doesn't mean they take the event lightly. American Olympians Des Linden and Paul Chelimo are approaching next Sunday's race as a critical competition, even as they use their trip to New York as an important test for upcoming targets.

Grant Holloway Is Very Close To Being The Best Hurdler In The World

Holloway After 60mH AR & 60m Title

It’s tempting to view what Grant Holloway did over the weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships-- 7.35 American record in the 60m hurdles and a 6.50 60m victory, plus third place finishes in the long jump and 4x400m-- as a man at the peak of his powers. But for an athlete with medal potential at October’s World Championships, the Florida superstar may only be scratching the surface of his ceiling in 2019.

House Of Run: Which Diamond League Events Are Getting Dropped?

Jason and Kevin discuss the exploits of Grant Holloway and Morgan McDonald at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the revamped 2020 Olympic qualifying standards, the Diamond League cutting events and losing to people wearing costumes.

The Challenge Of Doubling, Irrelevant Seed Times & Other NCAA Takeaways

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Grant Holloway stole the show, while Florida and Arkansas walked away with team titles. But what were some of the other takeaways from Birmingham?