Khalifa St. Fort of Florida told FLrunners.com on Wednesday afternoon that she will forego the rest of her high school eligibility to accept an endorsement deal with the Caribbean-based Flow Communications.
The former UCLA commit is the Pan-American Junior Champion and World Youth Championships silver medalist for 100m. She owns PRs of 11.19 for 100m, which ranks No. 8 All-Time for athletes under 18 years old, and 23.5 for 200m. St. Fort has competed unattached from her high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, for the past year and trains exclusively with Ato Boldon, an Olympian and NBC analyst.
"Today has been an amazing day. I get to start the new part of my career as a pro and I'm so happy," she said in a video interview submitted by Boldon to FLrunners.com.
"My thoughts are to train harder, work harder and do everything I can to put myself in a good position to be on the biggest stage in the world," she said.