Each week, we highlight standout prep athletes from area high schools and their achievements at the college sports level.
After starring for Great Oak High School and earning All-
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San Diego Mesa College
CJ Newman is a freshman on a San Diego Mesa football team that went 9-2 this past fall. He graduated from Heritage High School, where he helped the team to a 13-1 record as a senior. That season, he recorded 11 catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver, and was part of a squad that went deep into the CIF Southern Section High School Football Playoffs.
Track and field
A Vista Murrieta High School graduate, Michael Norman set fire to the USC recordbooks as a freshman. The 6-foot-1 sprinter achieved the USC freshman record in the 400m, and now ranks third all-time in that event. Norman is currently in his second season for the Trojans. Prior to his time at USC, he led Vista Murrieta to the state title as a junior and senior, and was named the 2016 National Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year.
Tyler Pritchard, a sophomore out of Temescal Canyon High School, appeared in 23 games last year as a rookie. He recorded five hits and nine runs scored, and had a .208 batting average. He was also 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts. The 6-foot, 165-pound athlete is off to a solid start in 2018, as well, having played in four games so far. Pritchard will look to continue to build on his success and help the USC infield and batting lineup for years to come.