'The most unforgettable experiences I could ever imagine': Devon Allen going pro in track

Oregon's Devon Allen hugs his father Louis after winning the 110 meter hurdles in 13.03. Photo by August Frank, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - Devon Allen, the University of Oregon dual-sport athlete who finished 5th in the 110M hurdles at the Rio Olympics before tearing his ACL in an Oregon football game this fall, has elected to forego his collegiate eligibility and focus on turning pro in track.

"The two-time NCAA hurdles champion and 2014 USATF winner said he would remain in Eugene to train for the upcoming track season and enrolled in classes at Oregon, where he hopes to complete requirements for a degree in business administration by the end of the 2017 summer term," Oregon Athletics said in a press release.

Allen would have had two seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining on the track and one year of eligibility left on the football field.

“I recognize that my success to date has been the result of the contributions of many who have supported me along this journey,” Allen said. “I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my family, coaches, teammates, school administrators, friends, classmates and all the fans who made competing at Autzen Stadium and Hayward Field some of the most unforgettable experiences I could ever imagine.”

Allen posted a personal-best 13.03 in winning the 110 hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene.

He traveled to Rio with friends and family, en route to the finals on the world's biggest stage for athletics.

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