Lorenzo Lingard is going to be a weapon out of the backfield for Miami. That was apparent when the 5-star running back signed with the Hurricanes. He offered glimpses of his game-breaking ability during spring football, and did so again Saturday, just in a different setting.
Lingard anchored Miami’s 4×100-meter relay team during the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The quartet of Lingard, McKinly Brown, Myles Valentine and Isaiah Taylor finished fourth at the meet, but posted a season-best time of 40.07 seconds. It was the fifth-fastest 4×100 relay time in program history.
McKinly Brown, Myles Valentine, Isaiah Taylor and Lorenzo Lingard team up to finish fourth with a season-best time of 40.07 seconds that is fifth in UM history! pic.twitter.com/qt3OBDwZj8
— Miami Track/XC (@CanesTrack) May 12, 2018
“It means a lot with the short time span I’ve been here and been around these guys, learning how they run, and how they do things,” Lingard told 247Sports’ Christopher Stock. “It’s basically a blessing for the whole program.”
Lingard joins an elite group of football players who have participated in the best 4×100 teams in Miami history. The program’s best time of 39.57 was recorded in 2010 by former defensive backs DeMarcus Van Dyke and Brandon McGee, former wide receiver Travis Benjamin and Cory Nelms.
Lingard, a native of Orange City, Fla., arrived in Miami this spring as the second-best running back and 25th overall player in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He is expected to play a significant role in the backfield along with junior Travis Homer and sophomore DeeJay Dallas. The speed he showcased Saturday shows why.