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Sydney McLaughlin returns to Lexington for UK-filled weekend

Rupp Arena had an extra-special guest in attendance for Sunday night’s basketball game against Georgetown College, as former Wildcat Sydney McLaughlin served as the honorary “Y” of the night. McLaughlin, a New Jersey native, competed for the University of Kentucky track and field team during her freshman year before signing with New Balance and joining a long list of successful UK one-and-dones in the professional leagues.

She made the most of her only year in Lexington, shattering every possible record in her events and dominating more national and international competitions than you can count. Now, she’s positioned to be one of the biggest names on the track at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, all while representing the Wildcats.

KSR’s wonderful videographer, Bradley McKee, caught her big “Y” moment on video. Check it out here or on our YouTube channel.

When the track star returned to Lexington this weekend, she was actually recognized not once, but twice for her many accomplishments. McLaughlin was also brought onto the field during Kentucky’s football game against Missouri Saturday night, alongside a few other UK track and field alumni.



It’s always great to have former Cats back in the Bluegrass.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

13 Comments for Sydney McLaughlin returns to Lexington for UK-filled weekend

  1. UKFanSC
    9:59 pm October 27, 2019 Permalink

    Hottest female athlete in professional sports. No disrespect to her, but she is runway-model gorgeous.

    • nocode96
      10:20 pm October 27, 2019 Permalink

      Way to reduce a woman down to just her looks. Here’s a hint, if you feel the need to qualify a statement with “no disrespect, but”, it’s a disrespectful statement. Same thing as the “I’m not racist, but” folks. They’re racist, and you’re disrespectful. Would you grind Cobb’s accomplishments down to his gorgeous eyes? What about Tom Brady’s 6 Super Bowls being torn down to “he’s just so handsome”?

    • satcheluk
      10:34 pm October 27, 2019 Permalink

      Well said.

      10:59 pm October 27, 2019 Permalink

      He’s right she’s smoking

    • IndianaSucks
      11:11 pm October 27, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing wrong with complimenting someone’s looks.

    • UKFanSC
      7:54 am October 28, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry to offend your delicate sensitivities.

    • ColoradoCatFan88
      9:13 am October 28, 2019 Permalink

      You’re the biggest moron on this site no code. The guy literally gave this beautiful young lady a compliment and you found some way to twist it into being “disrespectful”!? In no way, shape, or form was his comment disrespectful at all. I’m almost certain you have no friends in real life by your ignorant and judgmental comments on this site. Grow the f*ck up and stop acting like you’re so much better than others on here.

    • cats646
      11:14 pm October 27, 2019 Permalink

      She’s a great athlete. But there is nothing wrong with pointing out the fact that she’s hot af. Why the hell would she throw her hair back and wink at the camera in that video? It sure ain’t cause she’s athletic. She’s hot and she knows it.

    • eyebleedblue
      8:38 am October 28, 2019 Permalink

      She’s a smokeshow. Liberals want you to deny biology ingrained into your vision. But she’s still a smokeshow.

    • eyebleedblue
      8:44 am October 28, 2019 Permalink

      Also, Nocode96 save some women for the rest of us, sheesh.

  2. katmandue2you
    1:52 am October 28, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah no code…that’s a bit of an overreaction. Ain’t nuthin wrong with men finding women beautiful and acknowledging it. And that girl will straight up make a bulldog break his chain! Take a chill pill

  3. cats646
    7:10 am October 28, 2019 Permalink


  4. RealCatsFan
    10:21 am October 28, 2019 Permalink

    As a father to two beautiful, intelligent daughters myself, I have become a lot more sensitive to the objectification of women. But I really don’t see anything all that wrong with what the first commenter said. He wasn’t crude or condescending towards her.

    I am glad that KSR deleted the vulgar statement that one idiot posted earlier. Apparently some of the people who have access to the KSR comments are about 13.

    She has a lot going for her – looks, athletic talent, and intelligence. Sky’s the limit for her!