It’s Woman Crush Wednesday, which means it’s time to take a look at the college sports world and appreciate some of the standout athletes across the nation. Every week, we feature an athlete that stands out among their peers. This week, we feature Sydney McLaughin, a former Olympian and member of the Kentucky track and field team who won the national championship in the 400m hurdles.
Following her win at the track and field championships, the freshman sensation announced she will be turning pro.
“This was my last college meet,” McLaughlin said in an interview with FloTrack. “[Turning pro] is definitely the next step, that’s definitely going to be happening and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
McLaughlin won the national championship with a time of in 53.96 seconds, despite pouring rain. Even in the ugly conditions, McLaughlin’s time was good enough for No. 2 all-time in NCAA Championship history.
“Pretty crazy race,” McLaughlin said. “It was pouring right before we went out and the weather was all over the place. It definitely wasn’t my cleanest race, and we realized some things going down the backstretch that we’re going to have to adjust to. But I think to be able to overcome those adversities and come out with the win is good. Coming out of high school I had so many adjustments to make and to be able to make them within the span of a year is just absolutely amazing.”
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