USC Sprints Record-Holder De Grasse To Forego Final Season|
Dec. 4, 2015
De Grasse became the first Trojan to win the NCAA 100m and 200m double since Clancy Edwards in 1978 and first collegian to accomplish the feat since Walter Dix of Florida State in 2007. De Grasse’s amazing times at the NCAA Championships on June 12 were a wind-aided 9.75 (+3.1w) 100m dash and 19.58 (+2.4w) 200m dash. The 200m time was the fastest any condition time ever run by a collegian and the 100m time was the second-fastest any condition time run by an NCAA athlete.
De Grasse first set the USC 100m dash record and the Pac-12 Championships record when posted a 9.97 (+0.6) time in winning the conference title on May 17. He then set the school 200m record with a winning time of 19.88 (+0.3) to earn the gold medal at the Pan Am Games. Both of those times broke the USC records set by James Sanford in 1980. De Grasse went on to post a 100m PR of 9.92 (-0.5) while earning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships.
“This was a great opportunity for my family and I and we couldn’t pass it up,” said De Grasse. “My time as a USC track and field athlete was very special. I was trained by great coaches and was part of an amazing team. The fact that I can remain at USC to get my degree and work with coach Caryl (Smith Gilbert) was important to me.”
“What Andre accomplished in his short time here at USC was nothing short of amazing and we look to support him in any way possible as he embarks on his professional career,” said Smith Gilbert. “I’m both happy and proud that USC could be part of his journey.”
De Grasse came to USC as and under-the-radar sprinter and improved his wind-legal times from 10.15 to 9.92 in the 100m and 20.38 to 19.88 in the 200m under the tutelage of Smith Gilbert.