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McLaughlin May Skip World Champs
Even If She Makes The Team

by Jeff Hollobaugh

McLaughlin SydneyQ USOlyTr16As she has done all indoor season, Sydney McLaughlin (Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, New Jersey) made headlines at the New Balance Indoor Nationals by breaking her own national record in the 400 with a 51.61. The previous record was her 51.84 at the same meet last March.

She admitted, “I didn’t run the race I wanted to,” noting that to hit her goal her first lap should have been about 0.9 faster. “I settled on that first lap.”

Bigger news may have dropped in the post-race interview, however, when the 17-year-old senior said that she may opt out of running the World Championships in London even if she qualifies.

“That’s under my radar,” the Kentucky signee said. “I think I’m going to just get ready for college. After last summer, I think I want to be able to enjoy myself.”

She has said previously that while competing in the 400 hurdles in last summer’s Olympic Trials was very stressful for her mentally, the Games presented its own challenge: she felt physically off. “Looking back on it I feel like I just wasn’t myself at the actual Olympics,” she told us. “I didn't feel like myself.”

March 13, 2017