Team USA’s Torrin Lawrence Dies in Car Accident

Torrin_Lawrence_579x400Torrin Lawrence (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Track & Field mourns the loss of Torrin Lawrence, who died early Monday morning in a car accident.

 A Jacksonville, Fla. native, Lawrence represented Team USA at both the inaugural IAAF World Relays in 2014 and USA vs. The World in 2013. Lawrence was a multi-time NCAA and SEC Champion at the University of Georgia where he remains the only track athlete in program history to win an individual NCAA title.

 “We were devastated to learn of Torrin’s passing early this morning,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew him. Torrin represented USATF with pride and passion, and had an incredible future ahead of him. We join those who will miss him deeply.”

 Lawrence graduated from UGA with a degree in Sociology in May 2013. Lawrence was a member of Team USA at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in 2014, competing on the men’s 4×400 relay. The American foursome finished in 3:01.09 in the prelims with Lawrence handling third leg duties.

 Lawrence competed at USA vs. The World in 2013 as a member of the winning 4×400 relay team, running an impressive opening leg to hold off the Jamaicans in 3:00.91. Just two weeks ago, Lawrence ran a lifetime best outdoors at the Kortrijk Guldensporenmeeting in Belgium, turning in a time of 45.32. He posted three 400 wins on the 2014 season, including the Tom Jones Memorial Classic over Olympic medalists Tony McQuay and Kerron Clement.

Several USA Track & Field athletes reacted on Twitter:

(From USATF Press Release)

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