Two SEC hurdlers logged record times at the NCAA Championships and now a 40-year-old record has fallen.
Florida’s Grant Holloway and Kentucky’s Daniel Roberts provided a thrilling 110-meter high hurdle Friday. Holloway edged Roberts by .02 seconds for a time of 12.98 seconds, a new NCAA record. Roberts clocked 13.00 seconds, tying a 40-year-old mark set by Renaldo Nehemiah. Check it out their record times below:
POETRY. IN. MOTION.
— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) June 8, 2019
It wasn’t the only history Holloway made. He became the first athlete in NCAA Track and Field history to three-peat as the champion of the indoor 60m hurdles and 110m outdoor hurdles.
2017 indoor 60m hurdles 🏆
2018 indoor 60m hurdles 🏆
2019 indoor 60m hurdles 🏆
2017 outdoor 110m hurdles 🏆
2018 outdoor 110m hurdles 🏆
2019 outdoor 110m hurdles 🏆@GatorsTF‘s Grant Holloway is the first athlete in #ncaaTF history to three-peat in each event. pic.twitter.com/0lyb7DIkN4
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) June 8, 2019
If you’re wondering how Holloway’s speed and athleticism would have translated on the football field, it almost happened. In November 2015, he committed to Florida track over 17 football scholarship offers, with Georgia considered the leader. Holloway was rated the No. 81 wide receiver in the class of 2016 on the 247Sports Composite. Considering Holloway is breaking records and making NCAA history in track, it appears he made the right decision avoiding the hits he would have taken on the gridiron.