USC Announces Impressive 2015-16 Track & Field Recruiting Class|
Nov. 26, 2015
LOS ANGELES – Sprinter Michael Norman, sprinter T.J. Brock, hurdler Anna Cockrell, long jumper Courtney Corrin, sprinter Zaria Francis, hurdler Mecca McGlaston and sprinter twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to compete in track and field at USC it was announced by Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert today (Nov. 26). The athletes combined to win numerous state high school titles and Norman was named the 2015 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Norman, from Vista Murrieta HS in Murrieta, Calif., led his team to the California state title by winning the 200m with a time of 20.30 (+0.7) and the 400m with a 2015 U.S. high school best time of 45.19, both which set the California state meet records. He bettered his 200m PR by running 20.24 to place second at the USATF Junior Championships, with the top two finishers breaking the previous Junior meet record time which had stood since 1983. Norman was named the 2015 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year for his track exploits and for his service off the track. Norman maintains a 3.41 GPA, works as a youth track instructor, volunteered for local food and shoe drives and donated his time to the Special Olympics.
Brock, from Chaminade HS in Chatsworth, Calif., won the 2015 CIF 100m dash title at the state meet with a time of 10.34 (+1.8), which was tied for the fourth-fastest legal time by a high schooler last season. He also has run two 10.20 wind-aided 100m dashes. Brock took second to Norman in the 200m dash at the CIF state meet with a time of 21.16. He has a wind-legal 200m
Cockrell, from Providence Day HS in Charlotte, N.C., was named the 2015 North Carolina Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year as she won the state 3A title in the 100m with a PR of 11.93, the 100m HH with a time of 13.53 and the 300m IH with a PR of 41.31, which was sixth in the country. She also won the 400m IH with the second-fastest high school time in the country of 56.67 at he USATF Junior Championships and took third in the 100m HH with a wind-aided time of 13.28 (+2.6w). She then won the 100m HH with a PR of 13.21 (-0.4) and the 200m with a PR of 23.71
at the NC Runners/SC Runners Elite Championships. Her time of 13.21 in the 100m HH was third among high schoolers, trailing only current USC freshman Jasmyne Graham and fellow Trojan recruit Mecca McGlaston.
Corrin, from Harvard-Westlake HS in Studio City, Calif., won the 2015 CIF state long jump title with a leap of 20-10 (+0.6). She also won the state title as a freshman in 2013 and placed second as a sophomore in 2014. Corrin had a best legal jump of 20-11.00 (+2.0) which ranked third among U.S. high schooler last season, then won the long jump at the USATF Junior Championships with a wind-aided mark of 21-6.25/6.56m (+2.5w). Corrin went on to earn the silver medal with a jump of 20-1.50 (6.13m) at the Pan Am Junior Chapionships. She won nine of 10 meets she competed in last season, including jumping 20 feet or more in the last five and six times overall. She also owns a 300m IH best of 42.41 and finished seventh at the state meet with a time of 42.79. She has been named the L.A. Daily News Girls Athlete of the Year the last three seasons.
Francis, from Rio Mesa HS in Oxnard, Calif., won the 2015 CIF state titles in the 100m with a time of 11.31 and the 200m with a PR of 23.09, which ranked third among high school women last season. She has a legal 100m time of 11.26, which ranked fourth among high schoolers, and had a wind-aided best of 11.24w.
McGlaston, from Dublin HS in Dublin, Calif., had a PR and second-fastest 100m HH time by a high schooler of 13.18 (+1.4) to take second at the 2015 CIF state meet to Trojan freshman Jasmyne Graham. Her time of 13.18 was the World Junior leader., the third-fastest in state history and sixth-fastest ever by a high school hurdler. McGlaston won the 2014 CIF state title in the 100m HH with a time of 13.54.
Kayla Richardson, of Walnut High in Walnut, Calif., has wind-
aided PRs of 11.65 in the 100m and 23.45 in the 200m dashes. Richardson ran 11.74 to qualify for the 2015 CIF 100m finals with the fourth-fastest time and also had the third-fastest 200m qualifying time of 23.85, but did not run in the finals as she left to compete in the Southeast Asian Games for the Philippines. She finished as the runner-up in the 200m with a time of 23.67 at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. She was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She also won the 2015 CIF Southern Section 100m and 200m titles and posted a 400m PR of 56.53. As a sophomore, Richardson posted a long jump best of 20-2.25 (6.15m) to take second in the girls’ high school final at the 2014 Penn Relays.
Kyla Richardson has been battling several injuries the past two seasons, but as a freshman ran 11.93 in the 100m. She did run a wind-aided 100m time of 11.83 last season at the Mt. SAC Relays in her first race back from injury.