January is quickly coming to a close and the indoor track and field scene in Missouri has started to come into focus. Among the nationally ranked competitors, one of the biggest standouts so far has been St. James senior Grant Conway.
Sometimes overlooked in Class 3 when discussing the top talents in the sprint events, Conway's credentials surely require your attention. He will enter his senior outdoor track campaign with personal bests of 10.97 in the 100 dash, 14.12 in the 110 hurdles, 22.24 in the 200 dash, 38.05 in the 300 hurdles, and 6-3 in the high jump. He is among the top four returners in Class 3 each of these five events, is the top returner in the 110 hurdles in the entire state, and is the fifth fastest 300 hurdler in the state among returners. Not to be outdone, that 14.12 is tied for 39th among all 110m hurdle returners in the country.
On the indoor track, Conway has already put down nationally ranked times and declared his candidacy for US #1 this campaign. While he will have a tall task tracking down current #1 Kurt Powdar (VA), he is only .09 seconds off of the second fastest time in the country as his 7.92 ranks seventh in the country. Five of the athletes ahead of Conway have already broken 14 seconds in the 110 hurdles in their career, a feat only 15 Missourian athletes have ever accomplished in high school. His 7.92 is already an improvement of .34 seconds from 2018's indoor campaign and his sub-8 second consistency this winter shows that these times are hardly a fluke.
Conway brought home a solid victory at the Arkansas High School Invitational earlier this month (Lane 4)
For Conway, it's not enough that his 60m hurdles time ranks among the best in the country. He's also showing improvement in the longer sprints with indoor personal bests of 22.69 in the 200 and 51.64 in the 400. He has already shown us that he has big goals for this season and appears on the right path to nailing those marks:
Last spring, he finished 3rd in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes while bringing home a 2nd place finish in an ultra-competitive 300m hurdles event. He did not make it out of the sectional meet after an uncharacteristic 17.82 netted him eighth place, but Conway already has his sights set on gold in this event this spring. We asked the University of Iowa commit a few questions about his indoor season so far and how he plans on carrying this success into his final high school outdoor campaign:
MMS: What are you doing differently to have propelled you to where you are now? Last year you topped out at 8.26 in the 60H and you're already running 7.92 this winter.
MMS: Jekeel Suber ran 13.91 at Great Southwest last June, but in the MSHSAA season, no one has run under 14 since 2016 and only 15 guys have ever done it in state history. What would it mean for you to get into that club and what are your thoughts on that 14 second barrier?
MMS: What events are you eyeing at this year's state meet and what are the goals?
MMS: Tell us about the University of Iowa and your commitment!