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Union Catholic to Host Viewing Party in Scotch Plains to Watch Track Star Compete in Olympics

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Sydney McLaughlin interviewed by Willie Geist of NBC's Today Show.
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Sydney McLaughlin logo by Scotch Plains artist Ernie Hernandez Credits: Ernie Hernandez
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Sydney McLaughlin will compete in the women's 400 hurdles in Rio. Credits: Union Catholic Facebook Page
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Sydney McLaughlin is the youngest athlete to compete for the U.S. in track and field at the Olympics since 1972.

Union Catholic will host a viewing party on Monday, August 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., when McLaughlin will compete in the women's 400 hurdles. Students, parents, faculty, alumni and friends of Union Catholic are invited. Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. 

McLaughlin, the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, was featured on NBC's Today Show as the Games in Rio began.

Web extra: Sydney McLaughlin reveals her lucky charm for Rio
At 17 years old, Sydney McLaughlin will be the youngest American athlete to compete in track and field events at the Olympics since 1972. As the teenage Olympian prepares for the Summer Games, she reveals to TODAYs Willie Geist the good luck charm shes bringing with her and how it almost got lost. (Run time 0:42)

 

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