Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney Michelle McLaughlin (born August 7, 1999) is an American hurdler and sprinter who competed for the University of Kentucky[6] before turning professional. She won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in the 400 m hurdles, setting her new personal best of 52.23 seconds. McLaughlin holds a number of age group world bests and won the Gatorade National Girls Athlete of the Year trophy for both 2015–16 and 2016–17. She placed third in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. McLaughlin has a personal best of 50.07 in the 400m.

Sydney McLaughlin
2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships (42057010824) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Birth nameSydney Michelle McLaughlin
NationalityAmerican
Born (1999-08-07) August 7, 1999 (age 21)
New Brunswick, New Jersey[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
Weight132 lb (60 kg)
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400 m hurdles
400 m
4×400 m relay
College teamKentucky Wildcats (2018)[2]
TeamNew Balance[3]
Turned proJune 2018[4]
Coached byJoanna Hayes (Since 2019)[5]
Edrick Floréal (2017-2018)[6]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 400 m hurdles: 52.23 (2019)
  • 400 m: 50.07 (2018)
  • Indoor 400 m: 50.36 (2018)
  • 200 m: 22.39 (2018)
  • Indoor 200 m: 22.68 (2018)

Family backgroundEdit

McLaughlin belongs to an athletic family; her father Willie was a semi-finalist in the 400 meters at the 1984 Olympic Trials, her mother Mary was a runner in high school, and her older brother Taylor won silver in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships.[7]

Early lifeEdit

A resident of Dunellen, New Jersey, she is a member of the class of 2017 at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, and has been successful academically.[7][8][9] McLaughlin took up running at an early age, following Taylor and their older sister Morgan.[7]

Early careerEdit

McLaughlin placed a close second behind Shamier Little in the 400-meter hurdles at the national junior (under-20) championships in 2014; her time of 55.63 was a national high school freshman record and a world age-14 best.[10][11] She would have qualified to represent the United States at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, but was a year too young to be eligible.[12] McLaughlin also set a world age group best (13.34) in the 100-meter hurdles over 76.2 cm (2 ft 6 in) hurdles that summer.[11]

McLaughlin improved her 400-meter hurdles best to 55.28 at the 2015 national youth trials; the time was an age 15 world best, and ranked second on the all-time world youth list behind Leslie Maxie's world youth best (and national high school record) of 55.20 set in 1984.[12] She qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, where she won gold in 55.94; she finished the year as the world youth and junior leader in the event.[13]

McLaughlin won the 400-meter hurdles in 54.46 at the 2016 New Balance national outdoor high school championships; the time broke Maxie's prep record and world youth best, as well as Lashinda Demus's American junior record of 54.70.[14] In addition, she ran on Union Catholic's team in the Swedish medley relay, running a fast 50.93 split for 400 meters as the team set a new high school record of 2:07.99.[14] McLaughlin won the USATF junior championship in 54.54 the following week; in recognition of her accomplishments, she was named Gatorade National Girls Athlete of the Year.[8][15]

McLaughlin won her heat (55.46) and semi-final (55.23) in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials.[13][16] In the final she placed third in 54.15, setting a new world youth best and world junior record and qualifying for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[17] McLaughlin is the youngest athlete to make the American Olympic track and field team since Carol Lewis and Denean Howard qualified for the boycotted Moscow Olympics in 1980.[18] At the olympics she placed 5th in her semi-final heat, failing to advance to the finals.[19]

University of KentuckyEdit

In November 2016, McLaughlin signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Kentucky and compete for their track and field program.[20][21]

McLaughlin was part of an American Record quartet that broke the indoor distance medley relay world record with a time of 10:40.31, set at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on January 28, 2017. The splits for the four legs were: 3:18.40 (1200 m) by Olympic medalist Emma Coburn,52.32 (400 m) by McLaughlin, 2:01.92 (800 m) by Brenda Martinez, and 4:27.66 (1600 m) by Olympic medalist and former world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson.[22] Later that indoor season, McLaughlin lowered her own national 400-meter record to a 51.61 at the New Balance Nationals in New York City on March 12, 2017.[23]

In April 2017, McLaughlin continued the positive momentum from the 2017 indoor campaign by opening her outdoor season in style—breaking the 300m hurdles national high school record at the Arcadia Invitational running 38.90. The record was previously held by Lashinda Demus who ran 39.98 in 2001. The record was the first ever attempt over 300m hurdles for McLaughlin as high school track meets in New Jersey do not contest the 300m hurdles. Her time of 38.90 is considered to be a North American Record and number 2 all-time worldwide behind Zuzana Hejnova who ran 38.16 in 2013.[24] Later that month, McLaughlin ran the fastest ever high school girls (400m) relay split during the Championship of America high school girls 4x400 at the 123rd Penn Relays. After taking the baton at the back of an eight-team field, McLaughlin posted a split of 50.37, passing five teams to lead her Union Catholic relay team to a third-place finish in 3:38.92.[25] She bettered this mark at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet on June 18, 2017. Taking the baton in 6th place on the final handoff, she passed five runners to lead Union Catholic to victory, posting a split of 49.85 seconds.[26]

In March 2018, McLaughlin set world junior 400-meter record in (50.36) at 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

On May 13, 2018, McLaughlin broke the collegiate and NCAA record in the 400-meter hurdles, running 52.75 to win the event in her first SEC championship appearance.[27]

Professional careerEdit

In October 2018 she turned professional, and signed with the New Balance team.[28]

AchievementsEdit

International championshipsEdit

Year Competition Position Event Venue Time Notes
Representing the   United States
2015 World Youth Championships 1st 400 m hurdles Cali, Colombia 55.94 CR
2016 Olympic Games 16th 400 m hurdles Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 56.22
2019 World Championships 2nd 400 m hurdles Doha, Qatar 52.23 PB, #3 all-time
1st 4×400 m relay 3:18.92 WL, 48.8 split

National championshipsEdit

Year Competition Position Event Venue Time Notes
Representing the Union Catholic Vikings
2014 USATF Junior Championships 2nd 400 m hurdles Eugene, Oregon 55.63 PB
2015 USA World Youth Trials 1st 400 m hurdles Lisle, Illinois 55.28 PB
2016 USATF Junior Championships 1st 400 m hurdles Clovis, California 54.54
U.S. Olympic Trials 3rd 400 m hurdles Eugene, Oregon 54.15 PB
2017 USATF Championships 6th 400 m hurdles Sacramento, California 53.82 PB
Representing the Kentucky Wildcats
2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships 2nd 400 m College Station, Texas 50.36 PB
5th 4×400 m relay 3:30.08
4th 200 m 22.80
NCAA Division I Championships 1st 400 m hurdles Eugene, Oregon 53.96
4th 4×400 m relay 3:30.52
Representing New Balance
2019 USATF Championships 2nd 400 m hurdles Des Moines, Iowa 52.88 SB

New Balance championshipsEdit

Year Competition Position Event Venue Time Notes
Representing the Union Catholic Vikings
2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals 11th 60 m hurdles New York, New York 8.67 [29]
4th 4×200 m relay 1:40.61 [30]
New Balance Nationals 2nd 100 m hurdles Greensboro, North Carolina 13.34 +0.5 m/s wind, PB[31]
7th 4×200 m relay 1:41.42 [32]
1st 400 m hurdles 56.89 PB[33]
2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals 1st 60 m hurdles New York, New York 8.17 PB[34]
New Balance Nationals 1st 400 m hurdles Greensboro, North Carolina 55.87 SB[35]
2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals 1st 400 m New York, New York 51.84 CR, PB[36]
1st 4×400 m relay 3:40.28 CR[37]
New Balance Nationals 1st 400 m hurdles Greensboro, North Carolina 54.46 CR, PB[38]
2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals 1st 400 m New York, New York 51.61 CR, PB[39]
New Balance Nationals 1st 400 m hurdles Greensboro, North Carolina 54.22 CR[40]

Personal bests and progressionEdit

Personal bests
Surface Distance Time Date Location Notes
Outdoor 200 m 22.39 March 29, 2018 Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
400 m 50.07 March 30, 2018 Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
100 m hurdles 13.34 June 14, 2014 Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
300 m hurdles 38.90 April 9, 2017 Arcadia, California, U.S. High school NR
400 m hurdles 52.23 October 4, 2019 Doha, Qatar 3rd fastest all-time
Indoor 200 m 22.68 March 9, 2018 College Station, Texas, U.S.
300 m 36.12 December 8, 2017 Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. WU20R[41]
400 m 50.36 March 10, 2018 College Station, Texas, U.S. AU20R[note 1]
60 m hurdles 8.17 March 15, 2015 New York, New York, U.S.
400 m hurdles progression
Year Time Location Day
2014 55.63 Eugene, Oregon, U.S. July 6
2015 55.28 Lisle, Illinois, U.S. July 1
2016 54.15 Eugene, Oregon, U.S. July 10
2017 53.82 Sacramento, California, U.S. June 25
2018 52.75 Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. May 13
2019 52.23 Doha, Qatar October 4

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Though her indoor 400 m time of 50.36 s is faster than the world under-20 record as recognized by World Athletics, it has not been ratified and is not listed as pending ratification as of January 2020.[42][43]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sydney McLaughlin". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "SYDNEY MCLAUGHLIN KENTUCKY". Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (October 15, 2018). "Sydney McLaughlin signs with New Balance". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Fisher, Chris (June 10, 2019). "Kentucky freshman phenom Sydney McLaughlin to turn pro". 247Sports. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Cherry, Gene (January 25, 2019). "Athletics: McLaughlin set to start pro career but not in hurdles". Reuters. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Boylan-Pett, Liam (October 24, 2017). "The Track Phenom Who Chose College Over Riches". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Track: Union Catholic siblings Taylor and Sydney McLaughlin were born to run". The Star-Ledger. January 29, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Konecky, Chad (June 27, 2016). "Sydney McLaughlin wins Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year". USA Today. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Staff. "Union Catholic Track Star Will Be Youngest U.S. Track Star in Olympics", TAP into Union, July 11, 2016. Accessed July 13, 2016. "Sydney McLaughlin a member of the Class of 2017 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, set a high school and new world junior record in the women's 400 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trails. 'All the pressure I put on myself,' McLaughlin, a resident of Dunellen, said in her post-race interview on NBC, which will air the games from Brazil next month."
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  11. ^ a b Butler, Mark (ed.). "IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 Statistics Handbook". IAAF Communications Department: 525. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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  13. ^ a b Sydney McLaughlin at Tilastopaja (registration required)
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  30. ^ "Event 18 Girls 4x200 Meter Relay Championship". Delta Timing Group. March 16, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
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  33. ^ "Event 18 Girls 400 Meter Hurdles Championship". New Balance. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
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  43. ^ "World U20 Records". World Athletics. Retrieved January 25, 2020.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Candace Hill
USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year
2016
Succeeded by
Jakobe Ford