Track student-athlete makes and breaks history

(hampton university)

(hampton university)

Donald Ralls | Staff Writer

Chesapeake, Virginia’s own Trey Holloway broke his own school record in the men’s 60-meter hurdles during the CNU Captain’s Invitational, held January 23-24 at Christopher Newport University.

The senior had come close to passing  the mark on multiple occasions this season, but his 7.70 in the finals of the event this year broke a school record he set last year of 7.72. Holloway’s title in the 60-meter hurdles capped off one of three for the Pirates over the tournament.

When asking Trey what his accomplishment felt like, he said, “It felt good to break my record; it just means I’m getting faster and there’s more to come.”

“I know off [of] this performance that the season is looking promising.” It is not easy doing what he does. Holloway holds the second-fastest time in the nation in that event. He said, “me and Coach Maurice Pierce work everyday critiquing one thing at a time.”

When you achieve a benchmark the way Holloway has, it may seem like there is not much you can improve on. But, for Holloway, the thought process is simple.

“[I work] on everything because nobody is perfect, I can always improve on something, whether it is arm strength or my wind,” he shared. His daily routine before starting his workouts includes running laps around the track, doing drills and stretching.

Before entering Hampton in 2012, Holloway won a number of events as a student at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.

These events included the indoor Virginia Group AAA State Championship in the 55-meter hurdles, which he completed with a time of 7.21, and the Virginia Group AAA Outdoor State Championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.85. Holloway is a student-athlete who is also making an impact on his family.

Track is more than a sport to Holloway; it is a way to provide for his family after school. “I do it for my family. I have a little brother looking up to me,” he shared.

His brother, Grant, currently attends Trey’s alma mater and is trying to follow in his big brother’s footsteps.

Grant is a nationally ranked commit to the University of Florida. He decided to not attend the University of Georgia to play football and is instead going after his track dreams at the University of Florida. Holloway has reached great heights in his time at Hampton and this season has been another good one for him.

January 29 and 30, Holloway won first place in the 60-meter hurdles at the John Thomas Terrier Inivtational in Boston. He was the only runner to break the 8-second mark and finished with a time of 7.97.

In the outdoor season, he was named first team All-MEAC in the 110-meter hurdles and was an NCAA qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles. He also set a new school record in the same event, further showcasing his dominance on the track.

Holloway is the true definition of a hard worker and, even with all the goals he has accomplished so far this year, his Hampton career is not yet over.

As he competes in the remaining events of the year, Holloway has the chance to strengthen the already formidable legacy he will leave behind in track and field.

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