Sydney McLaughlin released a highlight reel of her running career on Thursday evening. At 19-years-old she’s accomplished more than most people will in their entire career, and McLaughlin is just getting started.
This video follows the news that McLaughlin will be coached by Olympic gold medallist Joanna Hayes. MileSplit reported on Tuesday that the 19-year-old will join Hayes, who is a USC assistant coach and helped the women’s team to the 2018 NCAA track and field title.
I’m going to leave this here pic.twitter.com/zJsy4ljKOD
— Sydney McLaughlin (@GoSydGo) November 29, 2018
McLaughlin graduated high school in 2017 and started at the University of Kentucky last fall. Many running fans were surprised at the hurdler’s decision to go to school as opposed to turning pro right out of the gate, but her first year in the NCAA was very successful.
The freshman managed to set the collegiate outdoor record and world junior record in the 400m hurdles, running 52.75, and a world junior record in the indoor 400m of 50.36. Immediately after the NCAA Outdoor Championships, McLaughlin announced that she would not be returning to collegiate running.
McLaughlin signed with Beverly Hills talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment in June, and with New Balance in October. The hurdler said in a press release, “New Balance has a long-standing history as an excellent running company and they are the perfect partner for me. I’m thrilled to join the Team New Balance family, a brand that not only shares the same values and principles that are important to me but also supports its athletes on and off the track.”