LSU’s Terrance Laird defies the odds en route to Olympic Trials

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BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – Chester County native, and current LSU sprinter Terrance Laird came from humble beginnings.

His father passed away at an early age and was later adopted in his teens by his aunt and uncle bringing him to Coatesville high school. There, his track journey began.

“I would say before 2015 I didn’t really watch track until the Olympics, I was a baseball guy so track and field really wasn’t present in my life until 2015,” said Laird.

“Terrance actually reached out to me his sophomore year and just a random email he said ‘hey coach my name is Terrance, I’m really fast and I would like to be a part of your track program’,” said Coatesville track and field coach Damien Henry. “We could just tell he had just something even though his size. He wasn’t a really big kid he just had that turnover, that closing speed, that you can’t coach.”

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