For Sydney McLaughlin, running is literally in her blood.
"I'm one of four kids and we all run," said the UK Track and Field freshman. "My sister started and then my brother and me and my younger brother. I think it's kind of like a competition between us. It was a pressure, but it was a good kind of pressure."
McLaughlin, who recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, competed in the 400-meter hurdles competition in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
"My dad went to the Olympic trials, so having people that have been there before me and experienced all of that was definitely helpful," McLaughlin said.
The New Jersey native had hoped for an outcome even better than advancing to the semifinals on the biggest stage in sport but having reached that level as a high school junior, it was by no means the last time you'll hear her name.
Now, McLaughlin is a freshman at UK, where she recently finished the indoor track and field season in historic fashion, all while juggling her duties as a student.
The Dunellen, New Jersey, native earned the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship in the 400 meter and was named the SEC Indoor Runner of the Year. She also helped the Wildcats win bronze in the 4×400 relay at the SEC Championships.
During the NCAA Championship, the freshman won a silver medal in the 400m in an NCAA freshman record time.
McLaughlin's performance during the indoor season has landed her onto the watch list for the prestigious Bowerman Award.
In fact, she was the second fastest 400m runner in NCAA history winning in her outdoor season debut at the Florida Relays with a time of 50.07.
Despite all of McLaughlin's success, she has yet to run her signature event, the 400m hurdles this year, as it is an outdoor-only event. As she competes in outdoor track and field meets this spring, she'll have plenty of motivation to compete at the highest level.
"Many times, you hear about people in high school that are great in high school and then you have people that are great in college," said McLaughlin. "I think that I want to be able to do both!"
Watch the video above to hear more about her transition to life in Lexington, why she loves being a Wildcat and her hopes for the future of UK Track and Field.