“She runs from the beginning to the end of each and every event and achieves a consistency of performance that makes her invaluable on any team. She is a catalyst. The other members of her team catch fire from her. Because of her enthusiasm and dedication, her teammates emulate her, and the team as a whole is infected with her spirit. She is the spark that ignites the roaring fire, and others cannot help but be warmed by her flame.”
The state's returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, McLaughlin won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 54.46 seconds at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships, breaking a 32-year-old national prep record set by f
McLaughlin has maintained a 3.55 GPA in the classroom.
A volunteer for the Central Jersey Chapter of Hope Worldwide, McLaughlin has participated in multiple community service projects throughout Perth Amboy, including distributing fire safety and disaster relief information to residents on behalf of the Ameri