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Former Hawk makes debut with Fresno State
Former Central Valley High School standout Latrisha Jordan made her debut for Fresno State last month.

The freshman placed in two events at the third annual Run for the Dream Indoor Track and Field Invitational on Jan. 19 at the Save Mart Center.

"I was very excited because it showed I could compete against girls that have been doing it for years," said Jordan, who took up the sport as a junior.

Latrisha teamed up with Erica Embry, Janey Morris and Tiera Hilliard to place first in the 4x440-meter relay with a time of 3:58.44 on the compact, 160-yard track.

"I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect," she said. "It was fun but very different because you have to run around the track two times, then 80 meters."

Jordan finished in fourth place in the 55-meter hurdles. She completed the event in 8.53 seconds. Latrisha won her heat in the prelims.

"I need to work on my start," said Jordan, who was slow out of the blocks in the finals.

Fresno State placed first at the seven-team dual-meet competition. The Bulldogs beat USC, Cal Poly, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Stanislaus.

Jordan and her Fresno State teammates will compete in the New Mexico State Invitational on Feb. 7.

"My coach told me I'm going to become an All-American by the time I'm a senior," she said.

Latrisha's enjoying life away from Ceres.

She's sharing an apartment, which is within walking distance of the campus, with three other roommates.

Jordan's academic schedule includes English, math, psychology, humanities and oral communication classes. She's carrying a total of 21 units.

Latrisha's attended basketball and football games during leisure time.

"I love it," she said. "It's a new experience. I feel so independent. I'm taking care of my life. I'm finding out who Latrisha is as a person."

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

She captured 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 won 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. She obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.167 in high school.