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Tennessee Track and Field: Christian Coleman Is Going Pro

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After an amazing junior season, the talented runner is heading to the professional ranks.

“I’ve had a lot of time to think about this and discuss it with my family, and I felt this was the best decision for myself and my family,”

“I’ve had a pretty historic collegiate season, and it has always been a dream of mine to run on the professional level.” - Christian Coleman, via SEC Country

Christian Coleman is foregoing his senior season on the track in Knoxville in order to go pro, according to seccountry.com.

This comes as no surprise as Coleman completely dominated his competition and set several records this past year. He will sign with HSI Sports Management and agent Emanuel Hudson.

The Bowerman Semifinalist was a member of the US Olympic Track and Field team during the Rio Olympics. He currently has his eyes set on the USTAF Outdoor Championships - an event that will determine who gets to go to London and perform for the US in the world championships.

Coleman set NCAA marks this spring, running the 100-meter and 200-meter treks in 9.82 and 19.85 seconds, respectively. He also won the indoor 60-meter and 200 this year. The last - and only - runner in history to sweep all four races was the legendary Justin Gatlin - also a former Volunteer.

Coleman’s times in the outdoor races are also the fastest recorded worldwide this year.

But he doesn’t plan on ending the educational journey of his collegiate career just yet. Coleman will still attend UT while competing in order to get his Sports Management degree.

It looks as if the University of Tennessee has produced yet another legend in their respective sport - both on and off the track. Best of luck to you, Christian!