Lots of things are fast. Cheetahs. Peregrine Falcons. A Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The food at the White House. The Cleveland Browns’ resurgence since firing Hue Jackson. Usain Bolt in his prime and probably now, too.
Many fast things have blazed through Gainesville at the University of Florida, too. Percy Harvin blew by defenders during UF’s championship years. Ryan Lochte and Dara Torres sliced through the water like a shark for the Florida Gators before becoming a couple of the most decorated Olympic swimmers of all time.
Another name on that list needs to be current track star Grant Holloway. In short, the dude is a freak athlete. He hurdles, jumps and sprints for Florida’s storied track and field program. And he’s considered one of the top hurdlers and long jumpers in the country.
But what happened when he ran the 60-meter dash for the first time? Try not to blink.
Check out the separation between Holloway and the slowpokes behind him. He uses his long legs to create some ridiculous strides and no one was even close to him.
Oh, and the 6.51 time? That’s pretty special. As FloTrack notes, it is the fastest time in the world this year by .05 seconds and tied for ninth best all-time in NCAA history. And he did it in his first meet running the race.
Even more impressive is that he did this while having to perform in so many other events — the long jump, 110-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles, and 4×400 and 4×100 relays. Most track athletes stick to one event and that’s it, meaning their schedules are simple for the most part.
Holloway, from Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, is no novice when it comes to winning races. Across the NCAA outdoor championships and indoor championships, he’s won four NCAA championship titles as well as four SEC championship titles.
Even Marquis Dendy, the former Gator and 2015’s The Bowerman winner for the nation’s best collegiate track and field athlete, could only laugh at how fast Holloway ran.
Dendy is already an Olympian for the United States. Will Holloway join him one day? At this rate, I’d say it’s possible.