Alex and Matt

by Steve McGill

This summer, two hurdlers that I coach, Alex Nunley and Matt Garrett, finished 1-2 in the youth boys 100m hurdles at the Junior Olympic National Championships in the last weekend of July. Alex set a new national age group record of 12.94, while Matt ran a very strong 13.24 behind him. Alex, who is as tall as me now (5-11), was able to run downhill over the hurdles, and his superior flat speed (he has a personal best of 10.97 in the 100 meter dash) proved too much for Matt to overcome as well. Matt is about 5-8, but a very good technician. He has good speed for a hurdler, but doesn’t have the raw speed that can carry over to top-level success in the open sprint events.

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