When the Gatorade national runner of the year, Michael Norman of Vista Murrieta, is on the track and taking it easy, that hardly results in a slow time.
In his season debut in a dual meet on Wednesday against Great Oak, Norman ran a nation-leading time of 20.41 in the 200 meters.
"He wasn't pushing it," Coach Coley Candaele said. "He was cruising."
Teammates Cole Dubots and Antonio Mitchell recorded terrific early season times of 21.43 and 21.92, respectively, in the 200.
The USC-bound Norman also ran a 48.14 400.
Great Oak edged out Vista Murrieta, 69-67, to win the boys meet and Vista Murrieta won the girls meet, 68 1/2 to 67 1/2.
Norman is hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, so his training will be more focused on peaking this summer.