Kentucky track and field star Daniel Roberts tied a 40-year-old collegiate record in the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles on Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Finishing the 110M event in 13 seconds flat, Roberts tied the previous NCAA record Renaldo Nehemiah set in 1979 running for Maryland.
And he didn’t even get a Gold Medal out of the historic run.
Rival junior Grant Holloway of Florida edged Roberts with a final time of 12.98 seconds, beating the Wildcat star and breaking the 40-year-old record set by Nehemiah.
Combining the times of both Holloway and Roberts, along with the rest of the participants, Friday’s event actually set the record for fastest college hurdles race ever.
“Today was nothing short of a tremendous run for Daniel,” UK assistant coach and Roberts’ event trainer Tim Hall said. “He was excellent in the first three hurdles. Got a little loose after No. 3. He started pressing a little, but nonetheless today was a great race for him. It took a collegiate record to beat him — we’re good with that.
“There’s more to come with D-Rob. He’s a special kid, special talent. I just can’t say enough about him. I’m super proud of him. The future is so bright for him. He’s just a humble kid. So proud of all the things he’s accomplished.”
Overall, Roberts’ time was a new personal best, and he now ranks second in the world to Holloway. His time of 13 seconds gives him the second-best time at the collegiate level in history and he is now tied with two other men for No. 22 on the world all-time list.
“It’s been an awesome rise,” Kentucky head coach Lonnie Greene said. “People might not understand how fast that race was. It took the world lead, right off the world record to beat Daniel. Coach Hall has done a great job with him. He’s an excellent coach, Daniel is an excellent pupil.
“And he’s represented the brand very, very well. That’s what I think future Wildcats out there and Big Blue Nation want. They want us to represent the University well and I think Daniel is the epitome of that.”
Roberts and Holloway will face off once again at the USATF Outdoor Championships July 25-28, which will also serve as Team USA’s qualifying meet for the 2019 IAAF World Championships set for Sept. 28-Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.