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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn foregoes NCAA final year, goes pro

Jermaine Wright
College Sports Carib


Puerto Rican sensation Jasmine Camacho-Quinn has decided to forego her final year of NCAA eligibility and will turn pro.

The now-former University of Kentucky junior, who is the NCAA 100m hurdles champion, made the announcement via her Twitter account a short while ago.

The decision comes as not much of a surprise after her now-former coach Edrick Floreal made the switch from Kentucky to the University of Texas on Wednesday. Floreal, who also coaches men’s 110m hurdles Olympic and World Champion Omar McLeod (Jamaica), is regarded as a hurdles guru and one of the very best coaches in college athletics.

The 21 year old had a stellar NCAA career.

In her three years, she won three NCAA national titles – 100m hurdles (2016, 2018), 4x100m relay (2017) and six SEC (South East Conference) titles – 60m hurdles (2017, 2018), 100m hurdles (2016-2018) 4x100m relay (2018).

The 12.40 seconds she clocked in winning the SEC 100m hurdles title in May is second-fastest all-time in the NCAA behind Briana McNeal’s (formerly Briana Rollins) 12.39, and fastest in the Wildcats’ program history.

The US-born sprinter was outstanding from the outset becoming the first freshman to ever win the NCAA Women’s 100m hurdles title.

During that 2016 freshman campaign, she was also named SEC Freshman of the Year and broke the Kentucky freshman record (12.69).

She is a 12-time First Team All-America (2016: 100H, 200m, 4x100m | 2017: 60H, 100H, 4×100 | 2018: 60H, 200m, 4×100, 100H, 4×100, 4×400) and is currently a Bowerman semifinalist.

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