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McLaughlin wins USATF Athlete of the Week


McLaughlin wins USATF Athlete of the Week

Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) ran the second-fastest U.S. junior times ever in the 200 meters and 400m at the Florida Relays to earn her second USATF Athlete of the Week award of 2018.

McLaughlin, a 2016 Olympian in the 400m hurdles as a high schooler, clocked 22.39 to win the 200m, which moved her to No. 4 on the all-time world junior list, and added a 50.07 win in the 400m. Her one-lap time is the second-fastest ever by a collegian, and is fifth on the all-time world junior list. For good measure, McLaughlin turned in a 49.45 relay leg on Kentucky’s 4x400m that won in 3:26.92.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Tori Franklin — Franklin had a huge PR in the triple jump at the Texas Relays, winning with a 14.48m/47-6.25 leap that moved her to No. 2 on the all-time U.S. list.

Maura Fiamoncini — The Bucknell freshman moved to second on the all-time U.S. junior javelin list with her 56.21/184-5 throw at Susquehanna’s Taylor Invitational.

Anthony Schwartz — Schwartz, a senior at Plantation’s American Heritage HS in Florida, ran a U.S.-leading 10.16 for 100m to win at the Florida Relays, and also helped his team to a 40.42 4x100m relay win.

Jenn Suhr — Suhr took over the 2018 world outdoor lead in the women’s pole vault with a 4.83m/15-10 clearance at the Texas Relays.

Elijah Hall — Houston’s super-sprinter Hall won the 200m at the Texas Relays in a U.S.-leading 20.11 and paced the Cougars to victories in the 4x100 and 4x200.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin.

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