Duane Ross

Duane Ross

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Duane Ross
Event 110m hurdles
Height 6-1
Weight 185
PR 110m Hurdles: 13.12 (1999)
Born December 5, 1972, in Shelby, N.C.
Current Residence Fayetteville, NC
High School North Gaston HS (Dallas, N.C.) '91
College Clemson '95
Coach self
Agent Robert Wagner
Club Nike





Randolph Duane Ross (1972-) is an American hurdler who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics. His coach Trevor Graham was involved in the BALCO drug investigation, but Ross was not implicated. Ross is now Director of Men and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country at Methodist University.

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

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 because successful 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 Athletics 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.

medium_Ross_Duane08.jpg 2005: 19th in opening round at USA Outdoors (13.88)...1st at Ulm (13.41)...best of 13.41.

2004: 2nd at Olympic Trials 110m hurdles (13.21); 5th in semi-final at Olympic Games (13.30)...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 Track and Field News...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 Indoor; 3rd 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.

Coaching career

Ross began his coaching career at his alma mater, Clemson University in 1996 as a volunteer assistant coach before serving as a consultant in the sprints and hurdles at North Carolina State University.

In 2007-08, Ross was Head Coach for the Men and Women’s Track and Field Program at Methodist University. For 2008-09, Ross was promoted to be Director of Men and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country.

24387%5fw120xh120.jpg Ross has his USA Track and Field Level 1 certification. He also serves on the Board of Directors for North Carolina-USA Track and Field in addition to the Wake County Council for Fitness and Health.

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.

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