From 33 to 39

by Steve McGill

Hurdling is the only non-field event in the sport of track and field in which there are transitional stages of development. While throwers in the field events have to toss heavier weights as they move up the ranks, hurdlers have to clear higher hurdles as they move up from youth to high school and then college. For male hurdlers in particular, the challenges are particularly daunting. While female hurdlers are clearing 33-inch hurdles from 9th grade all the way to the international level, males have to make continual transitions until they reach the collegiate level.

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