It’s got to be tough when you reel off the nation’s second-fastest 400-meter time among prep competitors this season, and it still isn’t good enough for a first-place finish, but that’s precisely what happened to T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.) senior sprinter Josephus Lyles at the Arcadia Invitational.
Lyles’ time of 45.94 placed second to Vista Murrieta (Calif.) senior sensation Michael Norman’s 45.41 — the fastest prep 400-meter time in the country this season. And Norman still wasn’t satisfied.
“Of course the U.S. Olympic Trials [in July] are in the back of my mind, but right now I’m concentrated on the here and now and getting through the indoor season,” Normed told the Los Angeles Times after Saturday’s race. “This race was executed pretty well. The first 200 was slower than I wanted but I was nice and relaxed the last 120 and felt strong.”
Norman’s effort earned him a second straight 400 title at the Arcadia Invitational, where Josephus’ younger brother Noah Lyles clocked the nation’s fastest 100 performance of the young high school track season with a time of 10.17 seconds. Norman also owns the country’s top 200-meter prep time thus far this spring, his 20.41 at a dual meet last month narrowly edging Noah Lyles’ 20.48 at Arcadia.
Norman and the Lyles brothers all made the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Boys Track and Field team, and the T.C. Williams duo will be attempting to unseat Norman as the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year after the USC-bound sprinter captured the 2014-15 honor with a 2015 California state meet for the ages, sweeping the 400 in a state record 45.19 and the 200 in a National Federation of State High School Associations record 20.30. The chase is on.