16-Year-Old Makes U.S. Olympic Track Team In 400-Meter Hurdles

A 16-year-old from New Jersey is traveling with some fast company ― all the way to Rio.

Sydney McLaughlin, who will be a senior in the fall at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, became the youngest athlete to make the U.S. Olympic track team in decades on Sunday when she finished third in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, The Associated Press reported.

“Sometimes, I just forget that I’m 16,” McLaughlin told AP. “There’s not as much expectation. You know, I don’t get paid for this. I’m here just for fun.”

McLaughlin finished behind winner Dalilah Muhammad and Ashley Spencer in a junior world record time of 54.15 seconds.

source: huffingtonpost.com by Ron Dicker

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