June 12, 2015
EUGENE, Ore. — USC’s Andre De Grasse had the most remarkable sprint double ever at the NCAA championships today at Hayward Field. He started things off by running a wind-aided 9.75 (2nd-fastest NCAA time under any conditions) and then following it up with the a windy 19.58 in the 200m (the fastest NCAA time ever). Two unbelievable runs for the Canadian in the span of less than 50 minutes.
Pictures speak louder than words so first we’ve got video of both runs below.
The 100m was first. Video via USC from the ESPN broadcast.
And then the 200m:
The Sky is the Limit for De Grasse As This is Only the Fourth Year Of Sprinting for the Former Basketball Player
Afterwards, the 20-year-old De Grasse was on cloud nine. He said of the 100, “It’s an unbelievable feeling right now. I honestly didn’t know where I was in the race [in terms of position], I just kept doing what my coach told me to do and I leaned and [saw] the time and was like ‘Wow’.”
On the 19.58 200m he said, “I didn’t expect to run that fast. I was like ‘Wow.'”
The future is very bright for the former basketball player. He said this is only his third year of competing but we think it’s his fourth. He competed in high school in 2012 (his final year at Milliken Mills High School in Markham, Ontario in Canada) and All-Athletics.com shows him with a 100m best of 10.59. He then went to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas for two years and won five junior college titles, improving his bests to 10.15 and 20.38 before moving on to USC this year.
Since going to USC he’s entered a new stratosphere. He had run a legal 9.97 and wind-aided 9.87 before the NCAA meet. In the 200, he’d run 20.03 before today.
Going forward he said, “There are no limits, I’m not going to set limits on myself,” before adding, “I’m going to try and put Canada back on the map and compete with the US and Jamaica.”
De Grasse then showed how green he is as said he now wants to get a Pam Am Games medal. We don’t think that will be hard for him to get at all. He might want to start thinking of a World Championship medal.
Video interview below:
De Grasse’s run meant Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell, the defending 100m champion who many see as the future of US sprinting, ran 9.88 and 19.86 and yet left NCAAs with a just distant second-place showing in the 100m and a 3rd in the 200m.
Bromell, the favorite coming in, had no regrets with his second- and third-place finishes. He just got beat by a better man.
“I felt I put a good race together for the one and he just finished stronger… I felt like his finish was better than mine,” said Bromell. “He was a great competitor and he finished strong and that is why he came away with the win. It was a great race.”
He had no problems finishing third in the 200 as he only ran the 100 last year. “It’s not difficult at all. … We’re all happy…This shows how strong I’m getting… I’ll come back next year for more.”
Bromell made no attempt to make any excuses and believes God has his legacy already planned out. When asked, he admitted he hit elbows three or four times in the 200 with Dedric Dukes of Florida who finished two thousandths of a second ahead of him. Up next is the 100 or 200 at USAs or maybe both.
Discuss this amazing spring double on our world famous messageboard: De Grasse says F*ck the field– 9.75/19.58!!!.
|1||Andre De Grasse||JR||USC||9.75||+2.7||1 (1)|
|2||Trayvon Bromell||SO||Baylor||9.88||+2.7||1 (2)|
|3||Jarrion Lawson||JR||Arkansas||9.90||+2.7||1 (3)|
|4||Senoj-Jay Givans||SO||Texas||9.97||+2.7||1 (4)|
|5||Kendal Williams||FR||Florida State||9.98||+2.7||1 (5)|
|6||Tevin Hester||JR||Clemson||10.03 (10.027)||+2.7||1 (6)|
|7||Kolby Listenbee||SO||TCU||10.03 (10.029)||+2.7||1 (7)|
|8||Clayton Vaughn||SR||UT-Arlington||10.04||+2.7||1 (8)|
|1||Andre De Grasse||JR||USC||19.58||+2.4||1 (1)|
|2||Dedric Dukes||SR||Florida||19.86 (19.856)||+2.4||1 (2)|
|3||Trayvon Bromell||SO||Baylor||19.86 (19.858)||+2.4||1 (3)|
|4||Tremayne Acy||SO||LSU||20.04||+2.4||1 (4)|
|5||Aaron Ernest||SR||LSU||20.11||+2.4||1 (5)|
|6||Tevin Hester||JR||Clemson||20.29||+2.4||1 (6)|
|7||Kahlil Henderson||SO||Auburn||20.38||+2.4||1 (7)|
|8||Kendal Williams||FR||Florida State||20.45||+2.4||1 (8)|