Highs & Lows Of Day 3 At USATF Junior Nationals

Michael Norman Runs Third-Fastest 200m of All-Time

Michael Norman always has something to critique about his performance, but on Sunday evening, he finally got his block start together to set a new personal record: 20.15 (+1.2), the third-fastest wind-legal mark in prep history.

The senior from Vista Murrieta High School in California torched the field, as runner-up Micaiah Harris ran 20.77 (+1.2). Both runners qualified to represent Team USA in Poland at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in July.

The USC commit was a little disappointed, as he enjoyed a nice start out of the blocks -- something he has struggled with this spring -- but stumbled coming off the turn.

"The [stumble] took me off-balance and messed up my rhythm," Norman said. "But can't be too mad at a new PR."

Norman is scheduled to run both 200m and 400m in Eugene, Ore. at the U.S. Olympic Trials next week.

He's not nervous at the prospect of racing rounds against pros. At least, not any more nervous than usual.

"Every race is a nervous thing," he confessed. "From a dual meet against a local high school to Juniors. Especially in the 400m. No matter what the race or situation is, it's always nerve-wracking."