High School Sprinters Noah Lyles, Michael Norman Lead 200m Qualifying at Olympic Trials

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by LetsRun.com
July 8, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Someone better get a pen handy because the high school record book may need some serious rewriting by the time the men’s 200 is done at the 2016 Olympic Trials. The top two qualifiers to Friday’s semifinals were not Olympic champions LaShawn Merritt and Justin Gatlin, but high schoolers Noah Lyles (Alexandria, Va.) and Michael Norman (Murrieta, Calif). Lyles (20.04, 3.3 m/s wind) and Norman (20.06, 2.8 m/s wind) both won their heats easily and moved up to #2 and #3 on the U.S. all-time all-conditions list (only Trentavis Friday, who ran a wind-aided 20.03 in 2014, has gone faster).

Though Gatlin and Merritt remain the favorites to go 1-2 in Saturday’s final both Lyles and Norman have a great shot to make the final and today’s results showed that there’s a chance one of them could even make the team. At the very least, Roy Martin’s 31-year-old national HS record of 20.13 should be seriously threatened if they get a legal wind in one of the next two rounds. The only concern is whether they’ll have anything left for the final, should they make it, after running so fast today. Norman easing up over the final strides of his heat was a good sign that he may have more in the tank.

On the women’s side, high school junior Sydney McLaughlin (Scotch Plains, N.J.) was her normal brilliant self, clocking 55.46 to rank second among qualifiers to the semifinals of the 400 hurdles. Her high school record of 54.46, set last month at New Balance Nationals, could be under threat in Sunday’s final.

Interviews and results below. All results here.

Noah Lyles
This was Lyles’ second race at the Trials as he also ran the 100 on Day 2 when he finished 4th in his heat in 10.16 and missed advancing to the semis. Well there was no early trip home for Lyles today as he shocked everyone, maybe even himself, by winning his heat. Lyles said he was excited with the win and fast time after not being thrilled with the way he ran in the 100 earlier and has been saying to himself in training, “I can do better, I do better.”

Lyles surprised himself with how fast he started as he expected to being behind in the last stretch, but said, “I definitely like a chase, but if the chase ends too early because I’m too fast, I mean, that’s just it.” Talking about the huge support he has with him in Eugene, Lyles said he has a full crew of 15 or 17 people including his parents, brother, seven friends, four coaches, a chiropractor and a physical therapist.

Michael Norman
Michael Norman is a recent high school graduate but tonight wasn’t his first race at the Trials. He ran the 400 earlier at the Trials, running 46.20 and not advancing to round 2.

Michael said he felt like he didn’t belong when running the 400, but tonight he didn’t have that feeling. He was pumped to run so fast, “It’s huge. After the 400 I was really bummed,” he said.

Norman was inspired by Noah Lyles running so fast before him saying, “After I saw he ran twenty oh three? Four? I thought, ‘Wow, I guess it’s time to run fast.”

Run fast he did, even though he let off the gas at the end. “With 20 to 50 meters left I looked to see where I was and I kind of let loose from there,” he said.

Norman comes from a sprinting family. His mom is Japanese and was an 11.7 or 11.8 sprinter according to Norman, and his dad was a 47-second 400 man who initially went to Ball State.

Norman’s plan is to go to USC next year. “I want to experience at least one year of college,” he said unless “they offer me something crazy…”

Syndey McLaughlin
McLaughlin is only 16 years old, but interviewed like someone 10 years her elder as she was composed and well-spoken in her post-race Q&A. She is decked out in New Balance gear from head-to-toe, but said she hasn’t gone pro.

Results:

Men’s 200

Results

Advance 21 to 3 semis, top 3 each heat + next 3 fastest
PLACEATHLETERESULTREACTWINDHEATLN/POS
1Noah Lyles

Unattached
20.04 Q0.1753.3 m/s1 (1)7
2Michael Norman

Unattached
20.06 Q0.1962.8 m/s4 (1)7
3LaShawn Merritt

Nike
20.09 Q0.1932.8 m/s6 (1)3
4Kendal Williams

Georgia
20.11 Q0.1803.3 m/s1 (2)6
5Dedric Dukes

Nike
20.14 Q0.1763.3 m/s1 (3)5
6Walter Dix

Unattached
20.23 q0.1843.3 m/s1 (4)3
7Ameer Webb

Nike
20.27 Q0.1830.9 m/s5 (1)4
8Justin Gatlin

Nike
20.32 Q0.1760.9 m/s5 (2)5
9Trentavis Friday

Unattached
20.33 q0.1583.3 m/s1 (5)8
10Tyson Gay

Unattached
20.36 Q0.1882.8 m/s4 (2)3
11Wallace Spearmon

Unattached
20.39 Q0.1652.8 m/s4 (3)6
12Sean McLean

Nike
20.46 Q

20.452
0.1770.9 m/s5 (3)3
13Kenzo Cotton

Arkansas
20.46 q

20.458
0.2063.3 m/s1 (6)4
14Curtis Mitchell

adidas
20.480.1942.8 m/s4 (4)5
15Arthur Delaney

Ultimate Speed Athletics
20.490.2382.8 m/s4 (5)4
16Isiah Young

Nike
20.53 Q

20.524
0.1840.5 m/s3 (1)3
17Aldrich Bailey

Unattached
20.53 Q

20.527
0.1632.8 m/s6 (2)8
18Jarrion Lawson

ASICS
20.54 Q0.1531.0 m/s2 (1)6
19Remontay McClain

Nike
20.55 Q0.1662.8 m/s6 (3)7
20Justin Walker

Nike
20.600.1922.8 m/s6 (4)6
21Michael Rodgers

Nike
20.64 Q

20.631
0.1600.5 m/s3 (2)7
22Correion Mosby

Unattached
20.64

20.636
0.1860.9 m/s5 (4)2
23Tevin Hester

Clemson
20.69 Q

20.688
0.1620.5 m/s3 (3)8
24Calesio Newman

Unattached
20.69

20.690
0.1952.8 m/s4 (6)8
25Beejay Lee

Unattached
20.790.1760.5 m/s3 (4)4
26Maurice Mitchell

Unattached
20.800.1832.8 m/s6 (5)5
27Ryan Clark

Florida
20.94

20.939
0.1680.5 m/s3 (5)6
27Devin Jenkins

Texas A&M
20.94 Q

20.939
0.1741.0 m/s2 (2)5
29Terrel Cotton

adidas
20.980.1880.5 m/s3 (6)5
30Mookie Salaam

Unattached
20.99 Q0.1541.0 m/s2 (3)8
31Kahlil Henderson

Auburn
21.010.1640.9 m/s5 (5)8
32Stirley Jones

Unattached
21.140.2201.0 m/s2 (4)4
33Aaron Ernest

Unattached
21.160.1740.9 m/s5 (6)6
34Bryce Robinson

Tulsa
21.180.1940.9 m/s5 (7)7
35Cravon Gillespie

Mt. San Antonio College
21.210.1711.0 m/s2 (5)7
36LeShon Collins

Houston
25.190.1582.8 m/s6 (6)4
DQElijah Hall-Thompson

CL Athletics Stars TC
0.1791.0 m/s2 (2)3

Women’s 400H

Results

Advance 16 to 2 semis, top 2 each heat + next 6 fastest times
PLACEATHLETERESULTREACTHEATLN/POS
1Dalilah Muhammad

Nike
55.33 Q0.1983 (1)5
2Sydney McLaughlin

Unattached
55.46 Q0.2432 (1)5
3Terea Brown

adidas
55.47 Q0.2123 (2)8
4Kiah Seymour

Kentucky
55.58 Q0.2632 (2)3
5Jaide Stepter

USC
55.64 Q0.2595 (1)5
6Kori Carter

Brand Jordan
55.79 q0.1852 (3)6
7Shamier Little

adidas
55.83 Q0.2895 (2)2
8Cassandra Tate

adidas
55.93 Q0.2814 (1)6
9Tiffany Williams

Unattached
56.06 Q0.2294 (2)5
10Autumne Franklin

Harvard
56.17 q0.1973 (3)3
11Kaila Barber

Notre Dame
56.35 q0.2552 (4)4
12Anna Cockrell

South Charlotte Chargers
56.53 q0.4032 (5)7
13Turquoise Thompson

Nike
56.76 q0.3585 (3)7
14Ashley Spencer

Nike
56.80 q0.3844 (3)3
15Landria Buckley

Unattached
57.02 Q1 (1)8
16Alexis Franklin

Ohio St.
57.22 Q1 (2)7
17Erica Twiss

Unattached
57.420.2133 (4)4
18Claudia Francis

Florida
57.730.1674 (4)4
19MonTayla Holder

Iowa
57.770.2722 (6)8
20Jade Miller

Harvard
57.79

57.782
0.1654 (5)8
21Jasmine Hyder

Unattached
57.79

57.784
0.1861 (3)2
22Nicole Leach

Unattached
57.940.4075 (4)3
23Latosha Wallace

adidas Garden State TC
58.220.2423 (5)7
24Kymber Payne

LSU
58.970.3383 (6)6
25Ellen Wortham

Unattached
59.131 (4)6
26Tyler Brockington

South Carolina
59.230.4735 (5)6
27Shakeia Pinnick

Unattached
59.460.2305 (6)8
28MacKenzie Hill

Unattached
59.560.1851 (5)3
29Ariel Jones

Texas
1:00.440.2554 (6)7
DNSDamajahnee Birch

Arkansas
54
DNSNnenya Hailey

Arizona
15
DNSGeorganne Moline

Nike
14

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