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Tinch triumphs in three events at MIAA championship meet, including wind-aided 12.97 in 110-meter hurdles for second-fastest all-conditions performance in collegiate history, along with wind-aided 27-0.50 (8.24m) long jump that ranks No. 2 all-time in Division 2

By Erik Boal, DyeStat Editor

Cordell Tinch has yet to compete in an NCAA championship race in the 110-meter hurdles, and yet the Pittsburg State star has already achieved a career performance that only the legendary Renaldo Nehemiah surpassed as a college athlete.

Tinch, a sophomore, won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association title in the 110 hurdles May 7 in a wind-aided 12.97 seconds at Lincoln University in Missouri, producing the second-fastest all-conditions performance in collegiate history.

Tinch, who had a +3.0 meters per second wind reading in the final, also had a +2.8 wind supporting his 13.07 effort in the prelims.

“I do want a wind-legal time in the next few races just to quiet some of the noise I’ve been receiving saying that it is only due to wind,” Tinch said. “I would like to go out and put a number out there and leave no room for any doubts about what I can do.” 

Nehemiah, representing Maryland, achieved the all-conditions collegiate best at the 1979 NCAA Division 1 Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., by running 12.91 with a +3.5 m/s wind reading.

Florida star Grant Holloway still holds the wind-legal collegiate all-time mark of 12.98 from 2019, with Florida State graduate Trey Cunningham, former Kentucky standout Daniel Roberts and Nehemiah all producing wind-legal collegiate performances of 13.00.

Omar McLeod, a former Arkansas star, clocked 12.97 as a collegiate athlete competing at the 2015 Jamaican Championships in Kingston.

“It honestly is insane to think about,” Tinch said. “I haven’t thought about it in that way (in comparison to those elite athletes).”

The MIAA conference meet was the first time Tinch had competed since winning the elite invitational 110 hurdles race April 15 at the 63rd Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., with a wind-aided 13.22 (+2.2 m/s) performance.

Tinch set the Division 2 record with a wind-legal 13.32 effort April 12 at the Cal State L.A. Twilight event.

“We have seen that we have had a lot of potential due to the few races we have had so far in the season, so we made the decision to honestly use the time from California till conference to get healthy,” Tinch said. “We had a lingering injury…

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