Sincere Rhea won his first conference title Saturday, edging four other hurdlers in a Big Ten Championship race that saw the first five hurdlers finish within 2-100ths of a second.
Rhea, a Penn State sophomore from St. Augustine, ran a season-best 7.80 – just 4-100ths off his PR – and edged Gratt Reed of Iowa by 1-100th of a second. Two other Iowa hurdlers – Josh Braverman and Jamal Britt – ran 7.82, as did Josh Zeller of Michigan.
The 7.80 is No. 13 in NCAA Division 1 this year, although that does not include other marks made on Saturday.
Rhea, a St. Augustine graduate and native of Maurice River Township in Cumberland County, ran his previous PR of 7.76 in the trials of last year’s Big Ten Championships on the same track and ultimately placed third.
It appears from an impossible-to-navigate Penn State Track Yearbook on the school’s web site that Rhea is the first Penn State hurdler ever to win a Big Ten title indoors or outdoors.
Rhea has yet to compete outdoors as a collegian.