June 29, 2016
June 29, 2016
USC incoming freshman Michael Norman was named the 2016 Gatorade National Boy’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year, becoming the first two-time winner in track and field, it was announced on June 28.
Norman is coming off winning the USA Juniors 200m title with a time of 20.15 on June 26. That time was the third-fastest in U.S. prep history and the sixth-fastest by an American this season. Norman also had times this season of 45.51 in the 400m which was the best high school time and had a time of 10:27 in the 100m, the second-fastest high school time at that distance. Norman has a career best of 45.19 in the 400m which ranks seventh all-time by a high schooler and he is the only high school male to post an all-time top 10 time in both the 200m and 400m. Norman helped lead his 2016 Vista Murrieta high school team to its second consecutive California team title.
Norman is also qualified for the 200m and 400m races at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. and will begin competing on July 1.
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track. Norman is the 10th winner of Gatorade national men’s track and field honor from California, which includes Norman last season and former Trojan Olympian Bryshon Nellum in 2007.