EUGENE, OREGON — College freshman phenom Sydney McLaughlin, who graduated from Union Catholic last year, won the women's 400-meter hurdles for the University of Kentucky at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at Hayward Field, and then announced after the meet that she's turning pro.

McLaughlin, a U.S. Olympian in the 400 hurdles in 2016, completed one of the greatest freshman seasons in NCAA history on Saturday when she rolled to victory in 53.96 and followed that up about an hour later by splitting 50.03 on the fourth place 4x400 relay to help the Wildcats finish fourth in the final team standings.
     
McLaughlin's one and done season at Kentucky will go down as one of the greatest ever.

In addition to her NCAA title, the 18-year-old McLaughlin ran 52.75 when she won the 400 hurdles at the SEC Championships last month, which is an NCAA record, No. 1 time in the world this season, and makes her tied for the fifth fastest woman in U.S. history and tied for the ninth fastest woman ever in the world. She is also No. 6 in the world this season in the flat 400 with a 50.07.

McLaughlin, who hasn't signed a pro contract yet, said she has run her final college race and is planning to run at the U.S. Track and Field Championships at Drake University (June 21-24)