Sydney McLaughlin to skip the 400 hurdles at Kentucky next season

At just 17 years old, Sydney McLaughlin is already one of the biggest track stars in the country. After competing in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics, McLaughlin returned for her senior year at Union Catholic Regional High School (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) and dominated in the hurdles. She also outpaced all competition in the 200-meter and 400-meter sprints.

McLaughlin broke a number of records this season — including her own world junior record in the 400-meter hurdles at the national championships last week with a time of 53.82 seconds. She also achieved viral status, as a video of her leading her high school team to victory during the anchor lap of the Swedish Relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals earlier this month made the rounds on social media. Her 49.85-second split — yes, you read that correctly — is believed to be the fastest in girls high school track history. She will begin her freshman year at Kentucky in the fall. ESPN

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