2017 American Family Insurance presents the ALL-USA Today USA Preseason Boys & Girls Track & Field Teams, compiled by Fred Baer and Mike Kennedy


McLaughlin_SydneyQ-NBiN17.JPGSydney McLaughlin, photo by PhotoRun.net

Duplantis_Mondo19-1R-NBiN17.JPGMondo Duplantis, photo by PhotoRun.net

We thought that you might like the top high school boys and girls preview list by Fred Baer and Mike Kennedy, two of the enduring high school experts on the sport.

appearing Tuesday, April 11 (boys) and Friday, April 7 girls in USA TODAY.

Fred Baer
follow links for the (5) athletes selected in each of the 5 event groups,
also see additional stories on Sydney McLaughlin and Mondo Duplantis and their recent outdoor records.
After becoming the USA's youngest track Olympian in 40 years as a 16-year-old junior last summer, Sydney McLaughlin did not turn pro -- as has been the norm for several high school record breakers in recent seasons.
The world junior (under age 20) recordholder in the 400-meter hurdles is competing as a senior at Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, N.J.) -- but also running with the pros on occasion.
McLaughlin, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year last spring, is the headliner on the 2017 ALL-USA Preseason Girls Track and Field team.
Other returning members of the 2016 ALL-USA team include 200-meter leader Lauren Rain Williams, middle distance star Sammy Watson, distance runner Brie Oakley, hurdler Jurnee Woodward, pole vaulter Rachel Baxter and jumper-hurdler Tara Davis. Watson, Oakley, and Davis also broke indoor records this winter.
The 2017 ALL-USA Preseason team was selected by Fred Baer, founder of the Track and Field Writers of America, and Mike Kennedy, high school editor of Track & Field News.

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