Name: Polly Gnepa
Event: 110m Hurdles, 100m, 4x100m relay
Hometown: Turlock, Calif.
Polly Gnepa was expected to do big things entering this season. After all, he had run the 110m hurdles in 14.01 seconds – the fastest ever as an Aggie – and placed third at the Big West Conference Championships in 2008.
Gnepa did more than anyone could imagine.
Last week, Gnepa clocked 13.75 seconds in the final of the NCAA West Regional Championships to place fifth, earning the final qualifying spot to the national championships. He was the second Aggie to ever do so, a mere 0.18 seconds behind Jazz Trice, who was third.
Earlier in the season, Gnepa took second at the Big West Championships in the 110m hurdles, and thrice broke the 14-second barrier during the season.
Additionally, he was a solid contributor in the 100m and 4x100m relay. He placed sixth in the 100m at the Big West Championships and ran a leg on the second place 4x100m. Comprised of Micah Grant, Trice, Gnepa and Robert Neely, the squad ran the second-fastest 4x100m in school history.