LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Two national titles turns out to be enough for Bryce Hoppel to call it a collegiate career.
The star Jayhawk runner announced his intentions to skip his senior season and run professionally on Tuesday.
"After a brief period of determining how to move forward in my career, I have decided to forgo my senior year of collegiate eligibility and pursue my dream of running professionally," Hoppel said in a letter to fans. "I would like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life. My ability and accomplishments would not have been possible if it were not for the people who surround me and show me an unimaginable amount of love and support."
Recently, Hoppel qualified for a spot in the 2019 IAAF World Championships. His 21-race individual race winning streak was snapped at the event.
But the Jayhawk finished his collegiate career as well as you could. He claimed both the indoor and outdoor national titles in the 800-meter race, going a combined 19-0 to leave the Jayhawks as an undefeated champion.
"Choosing KU and developing here for the past three years has changed my life in ways that I had not even dreamed of," Hoppel said. "The question always goes, 'If you had a chance to start over and fabricate your dream life, then what would you choose?' I can say without a doubt that I would choose to be a Jayhawk a million times over. I may have worn the Kansas jersey for the last time, but that doesn’t change the fact that I will forever be a Jayhawk."
Hoppel also leaves KU as a two-time Big 12 champion in the indoor 800-meter race. He holds the indoor school meet record for it as well as the national meet record in the event.