Former NCAA champion track athlete Torrin Lawrence killed in car crash

Former University of Georgia track and field standout Torrin Lawrence died in a car crash early Monday morning at the age of 25.

The accident happened on Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga. when Lawrence’s car was hit by a semi-truck after a tire blowout, according to WALB-TV. The report cited officials who said that Lawrence was sitting inside his car when the semi-truck collided with it, throwing Lawrence from the car on impact.

Lawrence, who graduated in 2013 from Georgia, was a seven-time all-American and three-time Southeastern Conference champion. He won the school’s first NCAA indoor track 400-meter title in 2010 with a time of 45.23.

“I am shocked and pained with news of Torrin’s death,” Bulldog Head Coach Wayne Norton said in a statement. “Torrin was an easy person to get along with and almost always improved the atmosphere wherever he went.  He did some great things in track and for UGA.”

Lawrence, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, still holds the collegiate record in the 300-meter (32.32) and has three Georgia records: in the 200 (20.77), 400 (45.03) and 4×400 relay (3:06.97).

He signed as professional runner with Nike after graduating from college and recently earned a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4×400 relay team at the IAAF World Relays in May.

(H/T Flotrack)

Kelyn Soong is a news aide and blogger and covers high school tennis for The Washington Post sports section.

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