Troy Pride‘s suitcase just got a little bit heavier. The South Carolina native, who’ll be packing up and heading to South Bend in a few weeks, will be bringing some extra hardware—four gold medals from a perfect state track meet on Saturday.
Pride, a four-star recruit expected to compete immediately in the Irish secondary, is also the fastest high schooler in South Carolina. He won the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes and was also part of the Greer High School’s 4×100 relay team.
Pride ran a 10.55 100-meter dash to win, then a 21.28 in the 200. He legged out a victory in the 400 with a time of 48.28 seconds before teaming up to run the 4×100 in 42.20.
“Throughout the entire year I’ve known that I’ve got to be at a different level at the state meet,” Pride told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. “Coming into the state meet, I knew what I had to do. I knew how I had to work. I felt like (I was prepared) for these events.”
With that preparation complete, Pride can turn his attention to a football career that’s waiting. One of just 10 South Carolina-natives to play football for the Irish, Pride follows in the footsteps of Chris Brown, Jeff Buris and Tony Rice.
Pride’s speed makes him a potential contributor in the return game, especially as C.J. Sanders continues to rehab from his hip injury. Pride also plans on continuing his track career at Notre Dame, attempting to be a two-sport athlete for the Irish.