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Ex-Hawk shatters Fresno State 400 hurdles record
Central Valley graduate Latrisha Jordan blazed to a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 58.88 seconds while competing for the Fresno State women's track and field team on Saturday at the University of Southern California Invitational. The freshman phenom topped 20 other competitors on her way to posting a NCAA Division I Regional Championship qualifying mark.

"I broke the school record," she said. "I have no idea how I did it. It's only my third time running it. I stuttered over all the hurdles except the first one."

Jordan also teamed up with Vanessa Sautebin, Tiera Hilliard and Janev Morris to place second in the 4x400 relay (3:43.48). Latrisha, the anchor leg, clocked a season-best time of 53.7 seconds.

Jordan, Morris, Shannelle Stephens and Rayna White, Fresno State's 4x100 relay team, took eighth (47.87).

The previous weekend, Latrisha won the 400 hurdles (1:00.85) and finished in fifth-place in the 100 hurdles (15.17 seconds) during the Fresno State-Cal Poly dual meet.

Jordan graduated as the most decorated athlete in Central Valley High School's history last June.

She won a fifth-place medal in the 300 hurdles in a personal-best time of 42.40 seconds (25th in the nation) at the CIF track and field championships during her senior year. Latrisha also captured Sac-Joaquin Section Masters and Division III titles, and swept four events at the Valley Oak League competition (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 and 200).

Jordan qualified for state (300 hurdles), finished first at Masters (300 hurdles), and claimed four conference championships (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 200 and 100) as a junior.

"I don't like to lose," said Latrisha, who posted a cumulative GPA of 3.167 in high school.