FAYETTEVILLE – Soon-to-be sophomore Caleb Cross, a hurdler on the Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field team, competed in the semifinal round of competition at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships on Saturday. The event is being held Tues.-Sun., July 19-25 at the Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium, in Moncton, Canada.
In the semifinal round of the 110-meter hurdles, Cross finished second in heat one with a time of 13.72 and earned an automatic spot in the finals on Sunday. He will be the lone American competing in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles.
"Making the final was my ultimate goal," Cross said. "I just wanted to stay clean. I qualified for the final so I’m happy with that."
In the Friday prelims of the 110-meter hurdles, Cross won heat four with a junior-hurdle height personal-best time of 13.56. He clocked the third-fastest time of the prelims.
Cross, a native of Newport, Ark., advanced to the World Junior Championships after winning the 110-meter hurdle title at the USA Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June. He holds a season-best of 13.90 at senior-hurdle height and a best of 13.56 at junior-hurdle height.
Cross will run the finals of the 110-meter hurdles on Sunday.