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Durham’s Marcus Krah wins US Junior Track 110 hurdles – and national honors

Marcus Krah of Hillside celebrates after winning the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 4A during the NCHSAA 4A Track and Field Championships that took place at the North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Marcus Krah of Hillside celebrates after winning the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 4A during the NCHSAA 4A Track and Field Championships that took place at the North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, May 21, 2016. News & Observer file photo

One day after being named Gatorade’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year for North Carolina, Durham sprinter Marcus Krah made yet another mark on the national scene by winning the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the USATF Junior National Championships in Fresno, Calif.

Running at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on the first day of the Junior Nationals, Krah won the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.25 seconds. He narrowly beat out Amere Lattin of Houston, who reached the line in 13.32 seconds.

Krah’s time time was the fastest in the world so far for hurdlers going into the IAAF World Junior Championship games in Poland.

His win in Fresno came one week after Krah, running for the Durham Striders, won the 110 hurdles at the New Balance Nationals with a time of 13.39.

Earlier this year, Krah was named MVP of the N.C. High School Athletics Association’s 4A outdoor championships after winning three events – including the 110 hurdles in a NCHSAA record time of 13.32 – the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2016 at the time and fifth in U.S. high school history. Krah also won the NCHSAA’s long jump with a distance of 23 feet, even, and the triple jump with a mark of 48 feet, 8 inches.

By virtue of winning the 110 hurdles at the USATF Juniors meet, Krah will represent the United States at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Poland, to be held July 15-28.

A member of Hillside High School’s class of 2016 who maintained a weighted GPA of 4.63, Krah has committed to run next semester at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was named Gatorade’s N.C. Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Friday.

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