The New York Road Runners (NYRR) published a press release today to announce Sydney McLaughlin's 300m national high school record attempt at the Millrose Games on Saturday, Feb. 11. The high school Olympian will race in a professional field vs. Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas and Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Natasha Hastings of the United States.
McLaughlin's 300m PR is 37.11, second in prep history only to national record holder Francena McCorory's 36.96 from 2006.
She isn't the only high schooler scheduled to race against professionals at the 110th annual Millrose Games in New York. Kate Murphy of Lake Braddock High School is entered in the prestigious women's Wanamaker Mile.
New Jersey native McLaughlin most recently helped set a world indoor record in the distance medley relay at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. She split 52.32 on the 400m leg to aid the squad of fellow 2016 Olympians (Emma Coburn, Brenda Martinez, Jenny Simpson) to a new world standard of 10:40.31. Read the race recap here.
Watch the post-world record interview with McLaughlin:
McLaughlin owns national records in the indoor 400m (51.84) and 400m hurdles (54.15), the latter of which is also a world U20 record. She advanced to the semi-final round of the 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympic Games and at 17 years old, became the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since 1972.