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

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.

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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
PLACE ATHLETE RESULT REACT WIND HEAT LN/POS
1 Noah Lyles
Unattached
20.04 Q 0.175 3.3 m/s 1 (1) 7
2 Michael Norman
Unattached
20.06 Q 0.196 2.8 m/s 4 (1) 7
3 LaShawn Merritt
Nike
20.09 Q 0.193 2.8 m/s 6 (1) 3
4 Kendal Williams
Georgia
20.11 Q 0.180 3.3 m/s 1 (2) 6
5 Dedric Dukes
Nike
20.14 Q 0.176 3.3 m/s 1 (3) 5
6 Walter Dix
Unattached
20.23 q 0.184 3.3 m/s 1 (4) 3
7 Ameer Webb
Nike
20.27 Q 0.183 0.9 m/s 5 (1) 4
8 Justin Gatlin
Nike
20.32 Q 0.176 0.9 m/s 5 (2) 5
9 Trentavis Friday
Unattached
20.33 q 0.158 3.3 m/s 1 (5) 8
10 Tyson Gay
Unattached
20.36 Q 0.188 2.8 m/s 4 (2) 3
11 Wallace Spearmon
Unattached
20.39 Q 0.165 2.8 m/s 4 (3) 6
12 Sean McLean
Nike
20.46 Q
20.452
0.177 0.9 m/s 5 (3) 3
13 Kenzo Cotton
Arkansas
20.46 q
20.458
0.206 3.3 m/s 1 (6) 4
14 Curtis Mitchell
adidas
20.48 0.194 2.8 m/s 4 (4) 5
15 Arthur Delaney
Ultimate Speed Athletics
20.49 0.238 2.8 m/s 4 (5) 4
16 Isiah Young
Nike
20.53 Q
20.524
0.184 0.5 m/s 3 (1) 3
17 Aldrich Bailey
Unattached
20.53 Q
20.527
0.163 2.8 m/s 6 (2) 8
18 Jarrion Lawson
ASICS
20.54 Q 0.153 1.0 m/s 2 (1) 6
19 Remontay McClain
Nike
20.55 Q 0.166 2.8 m/s 6 (3) 7
20 Justin Walker
Nike
20.60 0.192 2.8 m/s 6 (4) 6
21 Michael Rodgers
Nike
20.64 Q
20.631
0.160 0.5 m/s 3 (2) 7
22 Correion Mosby
Unattached
20.64
20.636
0.186 0.9 m/s 5 (4) 2
23 Tevin Hester
Clemson
20.69 Q
20.688
0.162 0.5 m/s 3 (3) 8
24 Calesio Newman
Unattached
20.69
20.690
0.195 2.8 m/s 4 (6) 8
25 Beejay Lee
Unattached
20.79 0.176 0.5 m/s 3 (4) 4
26 Maurice Mitchell
Unattached
20.80 0.183 2.8 m/s 6 (5) 5
27 Ryan Clark
Florida
20.94
20.939
0.168 0.5 m/s 3 (5) 6
27 Devin Jenkins
Texas A&M
20.94 Q
20.939
0.174 1.0 m/s 2 (2) 5
29 Terrel Cotton
adidas
20.98 0.188 0.5 m/s 3 (6) 5
30 Mookie Salaam
Unattached
20.99 Q 0.154 1.0 m/s 2 (3) 8
31 Kahlil Henderson
Auburn
21.01 0.164 0.9 m/s 5 (5) 8
32 Stirley Jones
Unattached
21.14 0.220 1.0 m/s 2 (4) 4
33 Aaron Ernest
Unattached
21.16 0.174 0.9 m/s 5 (6) 6
34 Bryce Robinson
Tulsa
21.18 0.194 0.9 m/s 5 (7) 7
35 Cravon Gillespie
Mt. San Antonio College
21.21 0.171 1.0 m/s 2 (5) 7
36 LeShon Collins
Houston
25.19 0.158 2.8 m/s 6 (6) 4
DQ Elijah Hall-Thompson
CL Athletics Stars TC
0.179 1.0 m/s 2 (2) 3

Women’s 400H

Results

Advance 16 to 2 semis, top 2 each heat + next 6 fastest times
PLACE ATHLETE RESULT REACT HEAT LN/POS
1 Dalilah Muhammad
Nike
55.33 Q 0.198 3 (1) 5
2 Sydney McLaughlin
Unattached
55.46 Q 0.243 2 (1) 5
3 Terea Brown
adidas
55.47 Q 0.212 3 (2) 8
4 Kiah Seymour
Kentucky
55.58 Q 0.263 2 (2) 3
5 Jaide Stepter
USC
55.64 Q 0.259 5 (1) 5
6 Kori Carter
Brand Jordan
55.79 q 0.185 2 (3) 6
7 Shamier Little
adidas
55.83 Q 0.289 5 (2) 2
8 Cassandra Tate
adidas
55.93 Q 0.281 4 (1) 6
9 Tiffany Williams
Unattached
56.06 Q 0.229 4 (2) 5
10 Autumne Franklin
Harvard
56.17 q 0.197 3 (3) 3
11 Kaila Barber
Notre Dame
56.35 q 0.255 2 (4) 4
12 Anna Cockrell
South Charlotte Chargers
56.53 q 0.403 2 (5) 7
13 Turquoise Thompson
Nike
56.76 q 0.358 5 (3) 7
14 Ashley Spencer
Nike
56.80 q 0.384 4 (3) 3
15 Landria Buckley
Unattached
57.02 Q 1 (1) 8
16 Alexis Franklin
Ohio St.
57.22 Q 1 (2) 7
17 Erica Twiss
Unattached
57.42 0.213 3 (4) 4
18 Claudia Francis
Florida
57.73 0.167 4 (4) 4
19 MonTayla Holder
Iowa
57.77 0.272 2 (6) 8
20 Jade Miller
Harvard
57.79
57.782
0.165 4 (5) 8
21 Jasmine Hyder
Unattached
57.79
57.784
0.186 1 (3) 2
22 Nicole Leach
Unattached
57.94 0.407 5 (4) 3
23 Latosha Wallace
adidas Garden State TC
58.22 0.242 3 (5) 7
24 Kymber Payne
LSU
58.97 0.338 3 (6) 6
25 Ellen Wortham
Unattached
59.13 1 (4) 6
26 Tyler Brockington
South Carolina
59.23 0.473 5 (5) 6
27 Shakeia Pinnick
Unattached
59.46 0.230 5 (6) 8
28 MacKenzie Hill
Unattached
59.56 0.185 1 (5) 3
29 Ariel Jones
Texas
1:00.44 0.255 4 (6) 7
DNS Damajahnee Birch
Arkansas
5 4
DNS Nnenya Hailey
Arizona
1 5
DNS Georganne Moline
Nike
1 4
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