The University of Kentucky is no stranger to rock star student-athletes. John Wall and Anthony Davis come to mind as two of the best in recent years, and that is only the beginning of the products from John Calipari’s NBA factory.
But this year there is a superstar across campus, and she has a bigger following than any of the Wildcats in Calipari’s basketball program this year. Of course I am talking about Sydney McLaughlin, a track star and the subject of Bleacher Report’s new story, “The Track Phenom Who Chose College Over Riches.”
Have an excerpt:
If you’ve followed Sydney for the last two years, you know she’s good at creating momentsâ€”history-making moments. In 2016, at the age of 16, she became the youngest track and field athlete to make the U.S. Olympic team since 1980 (she turned 17 during the Rio Games). She lit up social media when she ran a national high school record 49.85-second 400-meter relay split in June. And while many teen track and field runners on the rise with credentials less impressive than Sydney’s have gone pro in recent years, the New Jersey native decided to pass up what could have beenÂ seven figures annuallyÂ as a pro. [Bleacher Report]
It really is insane how Kentucky landed an Olympian from New Jersey with a huge following nationally. Once she starts competing this winter, there will be a lot of eyes on Lexington and Edrick Floreal’s program.
Oh, and read that whole Bleacher Report story here.