Cordele, Georiga (KETK) — According to the University of Georgia , Team USA sprinter and former Georgia Bulldog runner, Torrin Lawrence died in a car crash early Monday morning.
Lawrence, 25, was driving along Interstate 75 in Cordele, Georgia, around 1:40 a.m., when a tire blew out causing his car to become disabled in the center lane of the roadway. As he got out to check on his car, and 18-wheeler hit the car sending it into Lawrence.
A Jacksonville, Florida, native, Lawrence captured Southeastern Conference and NCAA titles and set a collegiate record during his Georgia’s track and field career from 2009-2012 and graduated in 2013. He experienced one of the most prolific indoor careers in SEC history and still holds three school records.
Lawrence graduated from UGA with a degree in Sociology in May 2013. He signed to run professionally with Nike following his collegiate career. Lawrence was a member of Team USA at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in 2014, competing on the men’s 4x400 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 4x400 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.
USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel released a statement regarding the untimely passing of the track star:
“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.”