They say records were meant to be broken, and Ankeny Centennial senior Riley Moss is taking that adage to heart.
In sunny, warm weather at the Kansas Relays on Saturday, Moss shattered his personal record time, melted the competition and broke the meet’s high school 110-meter hurdle record all in one fell swoop.
Moss’ 13.91 seconds mark is not only the best ever by a high schooler at the Kansas Relays, but it’s the third-best time recorded by a high schooler in the country this year.
“I kind of spaced out before the race, and it’s just run, that’s all that was going through mind. And just see what happens,” Moss said.
Being one of the fastest hurdlers in the nation was never really the goal for Moss. His goal coming into the season was simpler; he just wanted to better his own personal best time of 14.38.
Moss obliterated competition from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma in the race. And was in in disbelief when he saw that he beat his personal record by nearly half a second.
“Honestly, I didn’t think I could go sub-14 (seconds). So, when I looked back after the race and saw that score, I thought it was wrong,” Moss said. “It was crazy, I didn’t realize I could run nearly that fast. I was pumped.”
Another goal coming into the season was to win every race. He kept that intact with ease during the record-breaking performance. The second-place finisher was well in the rearview, finishing nearly a half second behind Moss.
“Most of the year, it hasn’t been very close," Moss said. "But when I went down there I had no clue who I was going against, so I was just assuming that all the guys were going to be blazing fast. I was just mentally prepared, though. I was just going to run fast and see what comes out of it.
“I made a goal in the beginning of the year to not lose a race. And the night before when I was about to go to bed, I was thinking to myself, ‘I gotta run fast, because I gotta keep this goal going.’”
The weather, as it often is in track and field, played a big role for Moss. He’d been running in unseasonably cold temperatures for the entirety of the season up until the Kansas Relays. But a 61 degree day helped him loosen up.
“It’s been kind of cold up here the past few weeks, and it was nice to have nice weather to actually run in,” Moss said.
“It’s tough to warm-up in the cold, and hurdles are really tough on your hamstrings and it’s tough when you’re not fully stretched-out. And when you’re in warm weather, it’s a lot easier to stretch out and get looser.”
Now, the future Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back shifts his focus to the Drake Relays, where he’ll run the 110-hurdles in projected mild and sunny weather Friday morning at 10:36 a.m.
Last year, he placed third at Drake. This year, he’s got his eyes set on another all-time 110-hurdles record. The current Drake Relays record of 14.01 seconds was set last April by Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Joah Banks.
“All the guys I lost to last year (at the Drake Relays) were seniors, so I was pumped for this year,” Moss said. “And my goal for the Drake Relays is, I’m going to want to win, but, it’d be cool to break the Drake Relays record.”