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Sydney McLaughlin named USATF Athlete of the Week following record-breaking 300m hurdles performance at Arcadia Invitational


INDIANAPOLIS -- In her first meet of the 2017 outdoor season, 2016 Olympian and high school senior Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) ran a record-breaking 300m hurdles in 38.90 at the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles, California.

The University of Kentucky recruit broke the 2001 national high school record by more than one second. This also marked McLaughlin’s debut at that distance.

McLaughlin also set national indoor records earlier this year in the 400m hurdles and 300m and was part of the world record-breaking women’s distance medley relay.

Other notable performances:

  • Sam Chelanga (Tuscon, Arizona), the only American entered in the men’s race, won his debut UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in 28:21. Chelanga beat second-place finisher Thomas Longosiwa by just 0.64 seconds, becoming the third American male to ever win the 13th annual race.

  • 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Indiana) ran the fastest 400m hurdles time this year at the inaugural Grenada Invitational at the National Athletic Stadium in 54.78.

  • Devon Williams (Marietta, Georgia) finished the decathlon at the Spec Towns Invitational with 8,435 points, less than 10 away from the school record but still the sixth best collegiate performance all-time.

  • 2016 Olympian Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) took over the No. 5 spot on the all-time collegiate heptathlon list with her 6,354 at the Spec Towns Invitational.

Now in its 16th 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.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin.

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