SOUTH CAROLINA – Lashinda Demus, Track & Field, 2002-2004
As a freshman, Lashinda Demus was an integral part of the first-ever NCAA Championship at the University of South Carolina when the women’s track and field team earned the title in 2002.
In that same year, the 11-time All-American was named the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Freshman of the Year as well as the SEC Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year.
At the NCAA championship meet, Demus also collected two of her four individual NCAA titles in the 4x400m relay and in her specialty event, the 400m hurdles.
Competing professionally since her time as a Gamecock, Demus won the 400m hurdles gold at the 2011 World Championships with the third fastest time recorded to break the 16-year-old American Record. After earning a spot on her second US Olympic team, Demus captured the silver medal in London this past summer.
Demus currently lives in Toluca Lake, Calif., where she cares for her twin sons Duaine and Dontay while training for the 2016 Olympics.