Sydney Runs on World Record DMR!
By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic Olympian Sydney McLaughlin added to her remarkable track and field resume on Saturday when she ran on an all-star distance medley relay team that smashed the world record at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
McLaughlin, an Olympian in the 400-meter hurdles this past summer, split 52.32on the 400-meter leg of the DMR as she combined with three other Olympians to finish first in 10:40.31, which shattered the world indoor record of 10:42.57 that was set in 2015.
The 17-year-old McLaughlin, the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian in 44 years, teamed up with Emma Coburn, Brenda Martinez, Jenny Simpson on the star-studded DMR in Boston.
Coburn, who won a bronze medal in the steeplechase at the Olympic Games this past summer, led off the DMR with a 1,200 leg of 3:18.40. Then the Kentucky-bound McLaughlin, the national high school indoor 400 record holder, ran 52.32 for her two laps before handing off to Martinez in the lead. Martinez split 2:01.92 for 800, and then Simpson, the bronze medalist in the 1,500 in Rio, finished off the record breaking performance with a 4:27.66 anchor carry.