Candyce McGrone Turns Pro

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

July 13, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma sprinter Candyce McGrone announced Wednesday she will forego her final year with the Oklahoma track and field program as she begins her professional career.

“We’re extremely excited for Candyce to have the opportunity to go to the next level,” said Oklahoma head track and field coach Martin Smith. “It’s certainly a huge loss for our program considering how far she’s come. She’s been able to demonstrate an incredibly successful year this past year.”

McGrone won the 2011 NCAA 100-meter dash title in an Oklahoma program record 11.08 seconds. She also holds the OU program record in the indoor 200-meter dash (22.84). McGrone earned All-America status in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and earned second team All-America honors as a member of the 4x100-meter relay in 2011. She earned All-Big 12 honors in those three events as well as the 4x400-meter relay.

McGrone earned first team indoor All-America honors in the 200-meter dash and second team honors in the 60-meter dash. She was also named All-Big 12 in both events and the 4x400-meter relay.

She also earned indoor and outdoor All-America honors in the 200-meter dash in 2010 and was a 2009 All-American in the 4x100-meter relay while competing at Florida State.

“With the Olympics Trials next year in Eugene (Ore.) and then the (2012) Olympic Games, this is the time where this decision needs to be made," Smith added. "We’re really appreciative of everything Candyce has done as she was instrumental in our team success. We want to wish her the best.”

McGrone finished sixth in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 USA Track and Field Championships. She clocked a personal-best time of 11.07 with a tailwind of 2.7 meters-per-second. Just two-thousandths of a second from placing fifth, McGrone was the top collegiate finisher as five of the eight women in the final clocked season bests.