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Latrisha Jordan defended her 300-meter hurdles title at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships on Friday at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium.

The Central Valley High School senior finished the race in a personal-record time of 43.32 seconds despite stumbling on the last hurdle.

The victory locked up a CIF State Meet berth and came less than 24 hours after New Mexico State offered Jordan a full-ride scholarship.

"It's nice to see things work out for her because she's such a good kid," Hawks coach Mike Reynolds said. "She's worked really hard for it."

Jordan repeated in impressive fashion as she bested Florin senior Tenise Brewer (44.25) on her way to registering the 12th-fastest time in the state.

"That doesn't happen very often," Reynolds said. "That's something to be proud of."

Jordan won the 300 hurdles at the 2007 Masters competition in 44.64 seconds. Her performance this season was even better.

"To drop that much time in one year is huge," Reynolds said.

The top six finishers medal at state. Trials and finals are being held this week at Cerritos College.

"There's definitely room for improvement," Reynolds said. "If she runs in the mid-42s, she'll be in contention. That's her goal."

If Jordan does well, more scholarship offers will be put on the table.

"It's nice to know that she doesn't have to worry about paying for college," Reynolds said. "Now, she can just focus on racing."

Jordan just missed qualifying for state in the 100 hurdles. She finished fourth (15.23). The top three placers advanced.

Latrisha, Jasveen Brar, Danni Sandoval and Marissa Cabusas teamed up to place 22nd in the 4x400 relay (4:19.85) on Thursday.

Brar, a sophomore, placed 17th in the 300 hurdles (49.44) and 20th in the 400 (1:05.68).

"At the beginning of the season, I wouldn't have anticipated her making it that far," Reynolds said.