Olympian and Union Catholic High School alum Sydney McLaughlin, who turned pro after one of the greatest "one and done" seasons in NCAA Track and Field history at the University of Kentucky, has signed with talent agency WME (William Morris Endeavor), according to a report in Sports Business Daily. McLaughlin turned pro after a dazzling freshman year at Kentucky.
WME represents artists ranging from movie stars to professional athletes. Track star Allyson Felix, NFL's Cam Newton, golfer Jordan Spieth, tennis great Serena Williams, actress Emma Stone, and Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington are among WME's clients.
McLaughlin, who turns 19 on Aug. 7, has not signed with a shoe or apparel company yet. Although she will forego her remaining three years of eligibility at Kentucky, she is enrolled as a student at the school for the upcoming fall semester.
McLaughlin, who graduated from Union Catholic in 2017, became the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics in 44 years when she advanced to the semifinals of the 400 hurdles in Rio in 2016 when she was just 17 years old.
After compiling one of the greatest high school careers in U.S. history, she turned in one of the most remarkable seasons by a first-year athlete in NCAA history for the Wildcats. At the NCAA Championships on June 9 at Hayward Field in Oregon, McLaughlin won the women's 400 hurdles in 53.96 and followed that up about an hour later by splitting 50.03 on the 4x400 relay to help the Wildcats finish fourth in the final team standings.
Additionally, McLaughlin won the 400 hurdles at the SEC Championships on May 13 with a time of 52.75, an NCAA record, a World Junior record, and the No. 1 time in the world this season. She ran personal bests of 50.07 in the flat 400, 22.39 in the 200, and a wind-aided 11.07 in the 100. She also turned in three sub-50 splits this past spring.
After the NCAA Championships last month, McLaughlin announced her intention to turn pro. McLaughlin hasn't made her pro debut yet. She was scheduled to make it at the U.S. Track and Field Championships at Drake University (June 21-24), but was scratched due to hamstring tightness.
McLaughlin's freshman campaign at Kentucky was so spectacular that she has been named one of three finalists for The Bowerman, college track & field's highest award. She is the first female freshman finalist in the 10-year history of the award.