Sensational Shaunae reportedly set to turn pro
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Jul 02, 2013
Perhaps The Bahamas’ most decorated junior athlete ever is turning pro, this according to Track & Field News - widely regarded as the ‘Bible of the Sport’ for the past 65 years.
The publication is reporting that Shaunae Miller, the former World Junior and current World Youth Champion over 400m, has opted out of her scholarship at the University of Georgia to pursue a professional career in athletics. Coming off a fantastic freshman year in which she set school records in the 200 and 400 meters (m), Miller was rapidly becoming one of the top stars in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
She won the NCAA Indoor title in the 400m, and was second behind Illinois’ Ashley Spencer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, setting a new personal best and Bahamian junior national record of 50.70 seconds. She was also named as the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year.
After the collegiate indoor season, she returned to The Bahamas and was a triple gold medalist at the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games, setting a new CARIFTA record in the Under-20 Girls 200m (22.77 seconds). She also holds the CARIFTA record in the Under-17 Girls 400m, a time of 53.36 seconds.
At the BTC National Open Track and Field Championships, in Freeport, Grand Bahama, she lowered the Bahamian junior national record in the 200m to 22.45 seconds, erasing the championship record time of 22.53 seconds Anthonique Strachan ran last year to win the world junior title.
Miller’s time of 22.45 seconds also has her tied as the sixth fastest junior female half-lapper in the history of athletics. Her time of 50.70 seconds in the 400m has her as the eighth fastest in the history of athletics in that event.
According to reports, Miller signed with On Track Management Inc., a sports management company in Atlanta, Georgia. A number of Olympians, including seven-time medalist Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, are clients of On Track Management Inc. Track & Field News is also reporting that despite foregoing her scholarship, Miller will continue on her path to securing a college degree thanks to the sponsorship of Adidas, and will continue to be guided by Georgia Bulldogs Assistant Coach for Athletics George Cleare.
When contacted yesterday, Bahamian Cleare said that he will reserve comment on the matter until an official press release is issued. Shaunae Miller’s father and local coach Shaun Miller couldn’t be reached up to press time.
According to reports, Shaunae Miller expressed her thanks to the University of Georgia, the athletic department and Coach Wayne Norton for the opportunities afforded to her, as well as Adidas for the confidence they showed in her.