U.S. Olympian Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic got the NJSIAA Group Championships off to a blazing start when she took down her own World Junior record in the 400-meter hurdles with a sizzling time of 54.03 to win the Non-Public A race on Friday afternoon at Silver Eagle Stadium in Egg Harbor. Third in the world and the United States for 2017.
The Kentucky-bound McLaughlin took down her own World Junior record (under 20 years old) and U.S. high school record of 54.15 that she ran when she placed third in the 400 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer to make the U.S. Olympic Team at the age of 16. McLaughlin was the youngest person to make the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in 44 years.
The Non-Public A 400 hurdle title by McLaughlin was her fourth straight title in the event. She returned to the track later in the 400 to run 51.88 US#1, winning the 10th state outdoor Group title of her legendary career and just .01 off her own state record. MILE SPLIT
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