AUSTIN, Texas – Stan Holloway stood up from his seat Friday night and could sense what his youngest son was too focused to grasp.
On the track below, Gators All-American Grant Holloway was about to duel Kentucky standout and reigning Southeastern Conference champion Daniel Roberts in the 110-meter hurdles. Less than a month ago in Fayetteville, Ark., Roberts snapped Holloway’s 16-race win streak in his premier event, setting the stage for what was billed in the weeks since as the marquee affair of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
When it was time to introduce the competitors, the PA announcer at Mike A. Myers Stadium did his best Michael Buffer impersonation as he rattled off the names of Holloway and Roberts, both juniors.
An electric buzz crackled throughout the crowd of more than 11,000 gathered on the University of Texas campus.
“It looked like people came to see that race,” said Stan Holloway, who made the trip from his home in the Tidewater region of Virginia. “People paid and those two put on a show.”
In the end, it was Holloway who played the role of show-stopper, posting a time of 12.98 seconds to set a new collegiate record. In edging his biggest rival,