St. Augustine graduate Sincere Rhea PR’d twice in the 60-meter high hurdles this weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational in Lexington, Ky., placing 4th in a loaded field in the final Saturday in 7.86 after a 7.89 in the trials on Friday.
Rhea, a Penn State freshman, edged Caleb Wilt, competing unattached, by 3-1,000ths of a second for fourth place.
Rhea finished behind two seniors and a junior. Iowa’s Jaylan McConico, the defending indoor Big 10 champ, won in 7.72, with Ashland junior Trevor Bassitt second in 7.75 and then Cincinnati senior Arthur Greenlee IV in 7.80.
Rhea, national indoor champ last winter and Meet of Champions 400 winner, entered the weekend with a PR of 7.98 over the 42-inch highs.
With his 7.86, Rhea moves into the No. 2 spot among freshmen on the NCAA Division 1 performance list, behind only Clemson’s Devon Brooks (7.80).
His time is No. 3 in the Big 10 Conference behind McConico (7.66) and Iowa’s Jamal Britt (7.82), who finished behind Rhea on Saturday – 6th in 7.92.