By Johanna Gretschel & Jim Lambert, FloTrack/NJ MileSplit
Sydney McLaughlin lowered her own world junior record in the 400m hurdles from 54.15 to 54.03 Friday at the NJSIAA Group Championships.
She captured her fourth consecutive win in the Non-Public A section. She will return to the track later in the 400 when she attempts to win the 10th state outdoor Group title of her legendary career. McLaughlin will also be shooting to take down her own state record of 51.87 in the 400, which she ran to win at this meet last year.
The run is only the third 400m hurdles race that McLaughlin has competed in this year; she opened her season with a 56.15 at the Blue Devil Classic and clocked 55.52 at her sectional championship last weekend.
The senior at Union Catholic High School set the prior world junior record at 54.15 last summer, when she took third in the 400m hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials and earned a spot at the Rio Games. McLaughlin, a University of Kentucky recruit, will also compete in the 400m this weekend and attempt to lower her state record of 51.87.
Her indoor best over the flat 400m is 51.61, which stands at the national high school record indoors and the 10th-best mark all-time for indoors and outdoors.