Brianna Rollins' decorated, record-breaking Clemson career is over.
Rollins, who won her third NCAA title last week with back-to-back collegiate record runs in the 100 meter hurdles, signed a professional contract on Thursday and will begin competing on a larger stage later this summer.
Rollins had one season of outdoor collegiate eligibility remaining because she redshirted due to injury in her freshman year. She will graduate from Clemson after completing an internship next fall.
The Miami, Fla. native signed with Stellar Athletics, an agency based out of the United Kingdom, and will run for Nike. Stellar Athletics recently signed NCAA 100-meter dash champion Charles Silmon of TCU, and also represents U.S. 100-meter junior record-holder and former Florida football standout Jeff Demps.
“Running for Clemson these last four years has been amazing,” Rollins said on Friday. “I’ve grown and learned a lot. I had ups and downs earlier in my career, but this season was one of the greatest I have ever had. It has truly been a blessing. I will finish my degree requirements in the fall after completing a six-hour internship.”
Rollins’ first professional competition will be the USA Outdoor Championships, which will be held next week in Des Moines, Iowa. The current No. 1 ranked hurdler in the world, Rollins will compete against the best professionals and collegiate athletes from the U.S. for a spot on the World Championship team, awarded to the top three finishers who meet the “A” qualification standard. The World Championships are scheduled for August in Moscow, Russia.
“My expectation next week is to focus on what I have been doing, and make the World Championship team,” Rollins said. “I’m very excited and look forward to the next chapter in my life.”
Rollins was earlier this week honored as the Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association as national female athlete of the year, and also earned recognition as athlete of the week by U.S. Track & Field.
Already the NCAA record-holder in the 60-meter hurdles indoors, Rollins broke the collegiate record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 12.47 seconds in her semifinal heat at Eugene, Ore., and then shattered her own record with a time of 12.39 seconds in a runaway victory in the finals. It was her first national title outdoors, and her third overall.
Rollins' time of 12.39 ranks ninth on the all-time world list. The American record of 12.33 seconds was set by Gail Devers in 2000, and the world record of 12.21 was set by Bulgaria's Yordanka Donkova.
Rollins' time is the world's fastest time this year, and the third fastest time posted in the last nine years, after a 12.28 run by Australia's Sally Pearson in 2011 and a 12.37 run by Dawn Harper of the United States in the 2012 London Olympics.
Rollins’ 2013 Accolades & Honors
• NCAA Indoor Champion in the 60 hurdles
• NCAA Outdoor Champion in the 100 hurdles
• All-American in the 4x100 relay
• ACC Champion in the 60 hurdles, 100 hurdles, 200 dash & 4x100 relay
• USTFCCCA National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
• USTFCCCA Southeast Region Indoor & Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
• ACC Indoor & Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
• 3x National Athlete of the Week (USTFCCCA, USATF)
• 4x ACC Performer of the Week
• Led Clemson to ACC Indoor and Outdoor team titles and was part of the senior class that earned a four-year sweep
• Armory Collegiate Most Outstanding Competitor
• Undefeated in 17 races (prelims and finals) across the 60 hurdles and 100 hurdles
• Owns five of top 10 times in NCAA history, including the top three, in the 60 hurdles
• Owns two best times in NCAA history in the 100 hurdles
• Fourth in American history in the 100 hurdles
• Made SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on June 8 for record-breaking 100 hurdles performance
Rollins’ Records Established in 2013
• NCAA records in the 60 hurdles & 100 hurdles
• Hayward Field facility record in the 100 hurdles
• Randal Tyson Track Center record in the 60 hurdles
• NCAA Championships meet records in the 60 hurdles & 100 hurdles
• ACC Indoor Championships meet record in the 60 hurdles