Event: 110m hurdles
PR: 110m Hurdles: 13.12 (1999)
Born: December 5, 1972, in Shelby, N.C.
Current Residence: Garner, N.C.
High School: North Gaston HS (Dallas, N.C.) '91
College: Clemson '95
Agent: Robert Wagner
Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic Trials runner-up; 1999 World Outdoor bronze medalist; 4th, 1999 World Indoors; 1998 USA Indoor 60mH champion; Seven-time NCAA All-American; 1995 NCAA Outdoor champion; Five-time ACC champion
had a banner 2004 season, highlighted by qualifying for the 2004 U.S. Olympic
team with his runner-up finish at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento.
Unfortunately, a recurring back injury prevented him from obtaining a medal at
the Athens Olympic Games. Ross was a football standout in high school. After an
ankle injury kept him out of basketball as a junior, he joined the track team to
rehabilitate the injury before the next football season, and found instant
success in the hurdles. He won the N.C. state title in his first season.
However, hurdling runs in Ross' family, his father was a hurdler in high school,
and died when Ross was only six. Ross earned his degree in financial management
from Clemson University where he was also a seven-time All-American, Five-Time
ACC Champion and NCAA Champion. Ross moved to Raleigh in 1998 to train
with Terry Reese, who is also coach at North Carolina State University; he
says his training has been focused on improving his technique and being
consistent. He has spent many sessions reviewing the videotape of the 1999 World
Championships in Seville, Spain where he won the bronze medal. There where only
two hurdles standing after the race, as Ross hit eight of them including
completely shattering the tenth. After taking the 2001 season off to get his
business up and running, Ross enjoyed a comeback in 2002, ending the campaign
ranked in the top ten in the world yet again (#8). He was ranked #5 in the world
in 2003, #6 in 2004 and #6 in 1999. Ross is CEO of The Ross Management Group. A
Financial Management Firm based in Raleigh, NC. He is very active in the
community. He is a council member on the Wake County Council for Fitness and
Health and is a volunteer assistant coach. His wife Kris is the sister of 2004
Olympic Trials 100m champion LaTasha Colander.
2005: 19th in opening round at USA Outdoors (13.88)...1st at Ulm (13.41)...best of 13.41.
2004: USA Indoors runner-up (7.59i)...broke bone in base of right thumb during a fall in 1st round competition at World Indoors...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 13.21.
2003: DNF at USA Outdoors...1st at Zagreb (13.17)...2nd at Gaz de France (13.21)...3rd at Golden Gala (13.24)...1st at Zurich (13.22)...1st at Dortmund (13.25)...3rd at Rome (13.24)...ranked #5 in the world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN. ..best of 13.17
2002: 4th at USA Outdoors (13.48)2nd at Zagreb (13.20)ranked #8 in the world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 13.20.
2001: 5th in semifinals at USA Outdoors (13.79)best of 13.54.
2000: disqualified in the semifinal at U.S. Olympic Trials...best of 13.53.
1999: 3rd at World Champs (13.12)... ... 4th at USA Outdoors (13.41w )2nd at USA Indoors... 4th at World Indoors...4th at GP Final (13.32)ranked #6 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN best of 13.12PR.
1998: Won 60H at USA Indoor (7.43 PR)2nd at Clemson (13.26 PR)2nd at Dortmund (13.24 PR)...did not finish final at USA Outdoors (13.28 semi)3rd at Nice GP (13.47)ranked #6 U.S. by T&FN...best of 13.24.
1997: 2nd in 60H at USA Indoor (7.52 PR)won at Orange & Purple Classic (13.50)did not finish heat at USA Outdoor Champs...best of 13.50.
1996: 5th in semi at Olympic Trials (13.50) best of 13.45.
1995: Won NCAA Outdoor (13.32 PR)5th in semi at USA Outdoors (13.57)...won 55H (7.22) at ACC Indoor...5th in 55H (7.25) at NCAA Indoor...won ACC (13.89); 5th in heat of 200 (21.35w)...5th in semi at World University Games (13.95) best of 13.32.
1994: 2nd in 55H (7.38) at ACC Indoor3rd in 55H (7.22) at NCAA Indoor...disqualified from heat at ACC...7th in NCAA Outdoor (14.11)...5th in semi at USA Outdoors (13.78) ...best of 13.48.
1993: Won 55H at ACC Indoor (7.12)...4th in 55H at NCAA Indoor (7.26)...3rd in ACC (14.00)...7th in NCAA Outdoor (14.08)...5th in heat at USA Outdoors (13.85) ...best of 13.74.
1992: 4th in 55H at NCAA Indoor (7.32)...did not finish 55H heat at NCAA Indoor...won ACC (13.61w)...8th in semi at NCAA (14.04)... best of 13.97.
1991: 4th in 55H in National Scholastic Indoor (7.44)...false started in the North Carolina HS state meet...4th in International Prep Invitational (13.91) ...best of 13.7.
1990: Won the 110H at the North Carolina HS state meet.