Daniel Nolan (photo: Tommy McGee)
Sandy Koufax could overpower professional baseball players before
he developed the greatest curveball in the history of the game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
could have dunked and rebounded his way to the Hall of Fame, but learning the
unstoppable skyhook made him the NBA\'s all-time leading scorer. When a raw talent
learns a skill, the result is domination within his field of competition. This is
the case with Scottsboro\'s Daniel Nolan.
In 2002, the
barriers started to come a little more naturally for the speedster. He finished the season
undefeated in the 300m hurdles while becoming the first Alabama athlete in more than five
years to run under thirty-eight seconds. And though the longer hurdles were clearly his forte,
he also won the 110-meter race at the 5A state competition.
The domination has continued this year. As Nolan consistently runs in the high 37\'s at major
meets, his 300m hurdle races are one of the biggest attractions at every meet he runs. In the
straight hurdles, he has lowered his personal best from a 15.06 to 14.29, one of the fastest times
ever clocked in the state.