USC gives Mt. SAC Relays the Norman and Terry treatment

TORRANCE, CA-In case you’re wondering, no track and field is not dead as a sport. The 60th Annual Mt. SAC Relays proved as much with Olympians such as Allyson Felix and USA Track and Field stars Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker, Vashti Cunningham, Mikele and Me’Lisa Barber, and coming-of-age collegiate runners like USC sprinter Twanisha Terry, taking the track and doing their thing.

The real stars of the three-day meet, however, happened to be wearing Cardinal and Gold. The USC Trojans track and field team was represented well. Terry and sprinter Michael Norman stood out in particular. Norman has had a pretty impressive 2018 season. He blazed his way to the men’s NCAA Division 1 indoor title with a time of 44.52 in March.

Twanisha Terry and members of the USC Trojans 4×100 relay team celebrate after winning in a time of 42.5 seconds at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman for News4usonline

At this year’s Mt. SAC Relays, Norman kept that surge going, running a swift time of 44.53 seconds to nudge fellow Trojan Rai Benjamin (44.7) in the men’s invitational 400. As for Terry, she simply lit up the El Camino College track where the relays were being held. You might say that Terry showed up and showed out.

She first anchored the Trojans’ “A” 4×100 relay team to victory over squads made up of Olympians, including Allyson Felix and Jenna Prandini. Terry then came back and smoked the field in the women’s invitational 100 meters, hitting the tape in 10.99 seconds.

USA Track and Field star Ronnie Baker hits the high note on his way to a 9.97 clocking in the men's invitational 100 meters at the 2018 Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman for News4usonline
USA Track and Field star Ronnie Baker hits the high note on his way to a 9.97 clocking in the men’s invitational 100 meters at the 2018 Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman for News4usonline
Me’Lisa Barber takes off from the blocks in the women’s 4×100 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman for News4usonline
Sprinter Fred Kerley knows where his help comes from as he prepares to run the opening leg of the men’s 4×400 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays. Kerley also won the men’s invitational 200 in a time of 20.4. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman for News4usonline
The men’s invitational 110 hurdles is a close race coming out of the starting blocks. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman for News4usonline

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