SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Ole Miss rising senior Antwon Hicks turned in a personal best performance in the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, but he just missed making the finals.
Hicks was clocked at 13.45 seconds in the semifinal round of action, earning fifth place in his heat. The top four finishers in each heat moved on to the finals, which Hicks missed out on by four-hundredths of a second.
"Antwon did just what we asked of him," said Ole Miss head coach Joe Walker. "He ran smart races yesterday (in qualifying and quarterfinals) and saved his energy for today.
"He really had a burst today and ran a superb race. He just came up a hair short. We are really proud of him. He went up against the best athletes in the world in this event and was right there with them at the finish line."
Daily Journal, wire reports
Hicks broke his own Ole Miss record of 13.47 which he ran at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He had the second best collegiate mark in the field, defeating SEC and NCAA champion Josh Walker of Florida, who clocked in at 13.59 in the semifinals.