Ever since Mondo Duplantis stepped on campus at LSU, breaking the collegiate record seemed inevitable. That’s a logical assumption when you vault 6.05 meters en route to a gold medal at the European Championships before you begin your freshman year.
But Duplantis had never jumped six meters this season. That changed on Saturday night at the SEC Championships, when Duplantis vaulted 6.00m on his final attempt at the height. The mark bested the previous record held by Tennessee’s Lawrence Johnson of 5.98m from 1996. Duplantis didn’t take any other attempts, but with a long summer ahead with NCAA and World Championships another all-time mark looks imminent.
Duplantis’ vault came on the same day as a historic men’s 110m hurdles. Kentucky’s Daniel Roberts ran 13.07, beating five-time NCAA champion Grant Holloway of Florida. Holloway ran 13.12, the second-best time of his career, in his first loss against collegiate competition since the 2017 SEC championships.
Saturday was a continuation of close races between the two. Roberts ran 7.41 to Holloway’s American record mark of 7.35 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Outdoors, Holloway ran 13.28 to Roberts’ 13.30 at the Florida Relays. That mark extended Holloway’s NCAA hurdle final win streak to 16 and after he ran 13.07 to set a lifetime best in the preliminary heat, it looked like he’d evade the pursuit of Roberts once again.
.@RiseOfDRob 's meteoric #SECTF 110H win in 13.07 tying him for second fastest collegiate high hurdler ever— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) May 12, 2019
and with young @taibrownnn getting fourth-place pointshttps://t.co/Bm7liIwV4Z pic.twitter.com/3vF9GUcbwe
But this time it was different.
Holloway got out to the better start, but Roberts rallied over the final three hurdles. Combined, the two have completely rewritten the outdoor record book, posting three of the top four times. Holloway himself now has four of the top six times.
OH. MY.— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) May 11, 2019
What an incredible 110mH final at the @SEC Championships!
Here is how it looks in the all-time top-10 for @KentuckyTrack's Daniel Roberts & @GatorsTF's Grant Holloway pic.twitter.com/QYNBBo45Fo
With two meets left on the schedule, and with each other as competition, Renaldo Nehemiah’s collegiate record of 13.00 is in play.
Elsewhere, Janeek Brown of Arkansas won 100m hurdles in a world-leading 12.55. Only four women in NCAA history have run faster.
Texas A&M’s Infinite Tucker dove, like really dove, across the line to win the 400m hurdles in 49.38.