Sports

Sydney McLaughlin of Union Catholic Repeats as Gatorade Athlete of the Year

cfc1a5eb35e5d137e126_Sydney_McLaughlin_Gatorade_National_Girls_Track___Field_Athlete_of_the_Year.jpg
Sydney McLaughlin has been chosen as the Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the second straight year. Credits: Union Catholic
4999212d91ff27308494_sydney_us_championships.jpg
Sydney McLaughlin at the U.S. Championships Credits: Union Catholic
cfc1a5eb35e5d137e126_Sydney_McLaughlin_Gatorade_National_Girls_Track___Field_Athlete_of_the_Year.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In a career filled with historic performances, Union Catholic’s Sydney McLaughlin added one final piece of history to her legendary high school track and field career when she became the first athlete, male or female, to win the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year in consecutive years when she received that honor on Tuesday night at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles.

This is the 15th year that Gatorade has named High School Athletes of the Year. The ceremony on Tuesday was held in conjunction with the ESPYs as McLaughlin and the Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year, MacKenzie Gore, a pitcher from Whiteville, NC, each received invitations to attend the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by NFL legend Peyton Manning.

McLaughlin and Gore will also be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated next week. To win the National Female Athlete of the Year, McLaughlin was chosen over five girls who were named the best in their respective sports.

Sign Up for E-News

Besides McLaughlin, that group featured (in alphabetical order):

  • Taylor Dockins, Softball, (Norco, CA)
  • Brie Oakley, Cross Country, Grandview (Aurora, CA)
  • Lexi Sun, Volleyball, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach, CA)
  • Megan Walker, Basketball, Monacan (Richmond, VA)
  • Kennedy Wesley, Soccer, Valley Christian (Cerritos, CA)

The Kentucky-bound McLaughlin, who will turn 18 on Aug. 7, followed up her amazing junior year that was saw her make the U.S. Olympic Team at the age of 16, with an even more spectacular senior year.

Although she didn’t qualify for the World Championship team last month, (the top 3 finishers qualified), McLaughlin, ran the fastest 400 hurdle race of her life when she placed sixth in 53.82 at the U.S. Championships i n Sacramento, shattering her own World Junior record (under 20 years old) of 54.03 that she ran earlier this month at the state Non-Public A Championships.

McLaughlin’s 53.82 is faster than the 54.15 she ran last summer when she became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic track and field team to compete at the Olympics in 44 years. She advanced to the semifinal round of the 400 hurdles in Rio.

McLaughlin finished her legendary high school career with 13 national titles (7 individual/6 on relays), a NJ. record tying 11 individual N.J. Meet of Champions titles (7 outdoors and 4 indoors) 7 state records, four national records, and one World Junior record.

She was also MVP of the Penn Relays this past April when she ran the 2 fastest high school 400 splits in meet history, she became the only high school girl in U.S. history to split under 50 seconds when she blasted a 49.85 anchor carry to rally Union Catholic to a national record breaking victory in the Swedish relay at the New Balance Nationals last month, and she ran on a World indoor record breaking distance medley relay this past winter.

McLaughlin won four national titles in the 400 hurdles and never lost a 400-hurdle race to a high school athlete during her career, and was undefeated at all distances vs. high school athletes since June of her freshman year in 2014.

McLaughlin will most likely go down as the most dominant high school female track and field athlete in U.S. history.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Register Today for Summer Youth Courses Offered at Union County College

June 22, 2018

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is expanding its course offerings for youth ages 11-18. Classes are taught by NJ-certified teachers and subject matter experts that specialize in delivering high-quality youth programs. Classes begin the week of June 25 and run through August 23.

Classes offered include Introduction to Musical Theater, ...

Summit Area YMCA Pride Celebration Brings Strong Support from the Local Community

On a sunny Friday Afternoon in June, the Summit Area YMCA hosted its first Pride Event at Columbia Park in Berkeley Heights.

This first-of-its-kind event was to provide a venue for our local community to show its support of the LGBTQ community. June has been designated as the month to celebrate LGBTQ pride worldwide. According to the Library of Congress, “Celebrations include pride ...

eMedical Urgent Care to Hold Free Teddy Care Clinic During Berkeley Heights Street Fair, Sunday, June 24

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ  – What happens when a teddy bear gets a boo-boo?
Children will learn how minor ailments are treated during eMedical Urgent Care’s Teddy Bear Clinic during the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on Sunday, June 24.

At the office, located at 369 Springfield Avenue, children under 8 will receive a FREE plush teddy bear, and staff will provide each bear with a ...

The Grove at Connell Park Hosts a Home for Good Dog Rescue Adoption Event: Wednesday, June 27

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Home for Good Dog Rescue presents an adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at The Grove at Connell Park located on Connell Drive in Berkeley Heights. (Rain Date June 28)

Click here to apply to adopt: bit.ly/HFGadopt

About Home for Good Dog Rescue: Home for Good Dog Rescue (HFGDR) is a 100 percent foster-based, non-profit ...

Missing in North Plainfield: Have You Seen Angel?

June 21, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Angel?

Angel is a seven year old black and white Husky last seen near Westervelt Ave. and Manning Ave. on June 16. Her family says she is very friendly. 

If found, call Andrea at  888-466-3242.

 

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 21, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...