2016 Rio Olympian Sydney McLaughlin has committed to run track for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Officially a wildcat ? pic.twitter.com/T8hrHSJ8Xv
— Sydney McLaughlin (@GoSydGo) November 17, 2016
McLaughlin, 17, placed third in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in June to qualify for the Rio Games and become the youngest U.S. track and field athlete since 1972. At the Olympics, she finished fifth in her heat of the 400 hurdles and advanced to the semifinal round as a qualifier on time. She was also fifth in the semifinals, but failed to advance to the final.
McLaughlin visited both Kentucky and USC, but told NJ.com that she chose Kentucky because, “That’s just where I felt more comfortable,” McLaughlin said. “USC and Kentucky are both great schools, but for me and what I want to do I just felt that Kentucky was a better fit. I connected more with the people there.”
Another recruiting pull for McLaughlin to head to Lexington was the presence of fellow Olympian Kendra Harrison — a 2015 graduate of Kentucky and a current member of its coaching staff.
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool to be able to work out and hang out with her,” McLaughlin told NJ.com.