Sydney McLaughlin wins 400 hurdles, now will turn pro

Sydney McLaughlin (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

She said Kentucky has a young team with a lot of potential after Kentucky finished fourth in the women’s NCAA Track & Field Championship.

Freshman Sydney McLaughlin dominated the 400-meter hurdle final as expected and helped UK place fourth in the 4×400 relay.

However, McLaughlin is not going to be part of that young team going forward. Instead, McLaughlin — who competed in the 2016 Olympics when she was 16 years old — announced she would be turning pro.

She will race at the USA Track & Filed Outdoor Nationals and will be turning pro even though she’s not sure about an agent or sponsors yet.

She won the 400 hurdles in 53.96 seconds — not close to her personal best. However, she competed in the wet, rainy conditions and won by almost two seconds. She also ran a 50.03 second split in the 4×400 relay.

“It was pretty crazy. Not my cleanest race,” McLaughlin said after her win. “It has been a crazy roller coaster trying to get points.”

She admitted the rain — and puddles on the track — along with some hail did take a toll on her but will help her learn to handle events she can’t control.

“As I get to the next level, it will help me,” she said about the adjustments she learned to make during her one and only collegiate season.

She was a prohibitive favorite to win the 400 hurdles, but said it was still a thrill to win any race and that she still has plenty of room for improvement with her stride and other technical issues.

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  1. Let’s see if ESPN and all the Academia folks start crying about Sydney leaving and how it is so much more important for her to stay in school. Bet it don’t happen.

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