Events: 200 Meters (20.93), 400 Meters (IN: 46.02; OUT: 45.56)
6-time NJCAA All-American
2013 NJCAA Outdoor Champion (4x400 Relay)
2013 NJCAA Indoor Champion (600 Meters)
2013 NJCAA Indoor Champion (4x400 Relay)
2012 NJCAA Outdoor Champion (4x400 Relay)
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the elite sprint talents in the junior college ranks to sign a National Letter of Intent as part of the Class of 2013 … Signed with the Tigers with impressive personal records of 20.93 in the 200-meter dash and 45.72 in the 400-meter dash set during his freshman season at South Plains College in 2012 … Lowered his outdoor PR to 45.56 in winning the 400-meter title at the UTEP Invitational to open his sophomore season outdoors in 2013 … Also owns an indoor 400-meter PR of 46.02 set in winning the men’s invitational event at the 2013 Tyson Invitational during his sophomore season … The junior college national leader at 400 meters during the 2013 indoor season … Earned All-America honors as the back-to-back silver medalist in the 400-meter dash in 2012 (46.42) and 2013 (45.75) at the National Junior College Athletics Association Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Ran on back-to-back national championship 4x400-meter relay teams for South Plains College while leading the team to winning times of 3:05.99 in 2012 and 3:05.93 in 2013 in the national final at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships … Anchored South Plains to the NJCAA national record with a winning time of 3:01.32 at the 2012 Red Raider Invitational at Texas Tech, breaking the 18-year-old record of 3:01.89 set by Blinn College in 1994 … Also ran a wind-legal PR of 20.93 (+1.1) for second place in the 200 meters while running in the “C” race at the Red Raider Invitational during his freshman season … Earned a reputation as one of the nation’s emerging 400-meter talents during the outdoor season in 2012 after running a seasonal best of 45.72 for the victory at the UTEP Springtime Invitational in El Paso, Texas … Also broke 46 seconds while running 45.98 for fourth place in the 400-meter final at the Michael Johnson Invitational held at Baylor University during the 2012 outdoor season … Followed his freshman season in 2012 by winning a pair of NJCAA Indoor championships in the 600 meters (1:17.04) and 4x400 relay (3:06.68) at the 2013 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held at Texas Tech’s Athletic Training Center … Set NJCAA Indoor Championships meet records with his performance … Won a pair of 600-yard run titles during the 2013 indoor season at Texas Tech’s Red Raider Invitational with winning times of 1:10.58 in 2012 and 1:09.86 in 2013 … Is the South Plains College school-record holder in the 600-yard run after winning the event in 1:08.80 at the 2013 Texas Tech Red Raider Open … Helped lead South Plains to a runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay final at the 2012 Tyson Invitational while splitting 46.45 on the third leg of the foursome that ran the second-fastest indoor time in NJCAA history at 3:05.16 … Attended South Plains College following his high school career at Morgan City High School in Morgan City, La. … Was a four-year varsity letterman on the basketball court while also running track at Morgan City High School … Was his basketball team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player as a sophomore before being named their team captain during his senior season.
Full name is Vernon Larnard Norwood … Born on April 10, 1992 … Parents are Curtis Norwood and Charliette Ray … Plans to major in criminal justice at LSU.