GREENSBORO, NC -- Union Catholic's Sydney McLaughlin made her final high school meet a memorable one in record-breaking fashion as she captured the 400-meter hurdles for the fourth straight year in a meet record 54.22 at Sunday’s New Balance National Championships at North Carolina A&T.
McLaughlin, perhaps the greatest female high school track and field athlete in U.S. history, broke the meet record of 54.46 that she set last year, and is just off her World Junior record of 54.03 she ran to win the NJSIAA Non-PublIc A title earlier this month. It gave her a remarkable seven individual national titles to go along six more on relays for a grand total of 13, which is believed to be a national high school record.
The 4-peat in the 400 hurdles put the finishing touches on another electrifying weekend for McLaughlin, who scorched the track on Friday with an anchor split of 49.85, the fastest ever for a U.S. high school girl, to rally Union Catholic to victory in the Swedish Relay in a national record 2:05.93. It’s the fourth straight year that McLaughlin, a 2016 Olympian in the 400 hurdles, anchored the winning team. (Swedish Relay is an event in which teams of four runners run in different lengths: the first runs 100 meters, the second 200m, the third 300m and the fourth 400 m, for a total of kilometer.)
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Although this was the final high school meet for the Kentucky-bound McLaughlin, her season isn’t over yet. She’s scheduled to run the 400 hurdles at the U.S. National Championships in Sacramento next weekend in an attempt to make the U.S. team for the World Championships in London in August.
Here's a link to ESPN's video of the race to watch Sydney McLaughlin go from 6th place to 1st place in record time: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19684486&sf90570008=1.