Talitha Diggs Goes Pro, Qualifies for World Team

Diggs (left), Wilson (mid), and McLaughlin-Levrone (right) after their 400m efforts - Photo by Cory Mull | MileSplit

EUGENE, Ore. - Signing a professional contract and qualifying for a World Team is a good way to spend your weekend.

Former Saucon Valley standout, Talitha Diggs, continues to impress on the National stage. After two strong opening rounds, Diggs landed third in the USATF 400m Final with a stellar personal best of 49.93. She placed just behind 400mH World Record Holder Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and NCAA Record Holder Britton Wilson.

"I felt like we were running fast, and I was finishing fast, but I was like, 'Oh, I'm not catching anyone,'" Diggs joked about the particularly fast race. "But I still got the third place and a PB."

Interestingly, on Thursday and Friday, Diggs was representing the University of Miami... but on Saturday, that changed. Diggs signed a professional contract with adidas at some point between the rounds. She will thus forego the rest of her NCAA eligibility.

At just 20 years old, she is quickly becoming a track and field superstar. She owns multiple NCAA Championship titles and has a 2022 U.S. Title in the 400m. 

This year won't be her first rodeo on the world stage. Last year she helped lead Team USA to a World Championship title in the 4x400m.

"Moments like this remind me that the highs and the lows are worth it because of who I have become in the process," Diggs said in an Instagram post about her decision.