Clayton Murphy's decision comes after winning the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
AKRON University of Akron middle-distance runner Clayton Murphy will forgo his final year of eligibility and turn pro.
Murphy's decision comes after winning the 1,500-meter run Friday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He won two national titles during his career with the Zips.
"Turning professional was a very tough decision I made following the NCAA Championships," Murphy said in a statement. "I decided to take the next step in my running career because I feel I am ready to compete against some of the best in the world in every race."
Murphy will work toward completing his degree this year while training in Akron. He will prepare for the upcoming Olympic Trials with the hope of qualifying for this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.