The Rise Of D-Rob: Kentucky’s Roberts Wins Incredible 110H Final

Daniel Roberts isn’t one to back down from a challenge.

Just a few weeks after beating Omar McLeod – the reigning Olympic champion and IAAF world champion – in the 110 Meter Hurdles at the Drake Relays, Roberts took down Grant Holloway in the final of the same event at the SEC Championships.

Go ahead and watch it before we go any further.

Roberts, a junior from Hampton, Georgia, crossed the finish line in 13.07 – a step ahead of Holloway at 13.12 – and matched his rival as the second fastest performer with the second fastest performance in collegiate history (Holloway went 13.07 in the prelims on Friday).

You read that correctly: In the past three days, two men did what only one man had done once in the previous 40 years, which is go sub-13.10 during the collegiate season. Renaldo Nehemiah, who owns the current collegiate record of 13.00, did it once during his dream season in 1979.

Hurdling Into The Record Book

Here are the all-time top-10 performances in collegiate history in the 110 Hurdles
Name Program
Mark
Date
Renaldo Nehemiah Maryland
13.00
5/6/1979
Daniel Roberts Kentucky
13.07
5/11/2019
Grant Holloway Florida
13.07
5/10/2019
Grant Holloway Florida
13.12
5/11/2019
Grant Holloway Florida
13.15
5/13/2018
Grant Holloway Florida
13.16
4/13/2018
Devon Allen Oregon
13.16
6/14/2014
Renaldo Nehemiah Maryland
13.16
4/14/1979
Aleec Harris Southern California
13.18
6/14/2014
Aleec Harris Southern California
13.18
5/31/2014

Let’s put this into more context: Roberts lowered his lifetime PR by an astonishing .20 seconds (He came into the meet with a PR of 13.27). Roberts also became the first Kentucky hurdler to win the event in meet history.

Maybe this didn’t come as a COMPLETE surprise to many.

Back in March at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, Holloway and Roberts pushed each other into the stratosphere during the final of the 60 Meter Hurdles. Holloway won in an American-record and collegiate-record time of 7.35, while Roberts finished runner-up in a blistering 7.41, the second fastest performance in collegiate history.

Collegiate track & field fans won’t have to wait too much longer to see the rivals lay seige to the record book for a third – or even, fourth – time this year when they’re in the same race.

Holloway and Roberts will both look to punch tickets to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, in two weeks at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Florida.