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Record Breaker
Former Central Valley High School standout Latrisha Jordan turned in another amazing performance for the Fresno State women's track and field team.

The freshman lowered her own school record in the 400-meter hurdlers with a first-place time of 58.69 seconds at the Cal-Nevada Championships on Sunday, March 29 in Los Angeles.

"The other girl pushed me to break it," said Jordan, who edged out UC San Diego's Christine Merrill (58.86) "I put it into another gear and passed her on the last hurdle."

Jordan initially set the school record when she won the 400 hurdles with an NCAA West Regional qualifying mark (58.88) during the USC Trojan Invitational on March 21.

"I love competition," she said. "I hate to lose."

Latrisha earned Western Athletic Conference and Fresno State Athlete of the Week honors for March 16-22.

"I didn't even know," she said. "My friend told me about it."

Jordan currently has the second-fastest 400 hurdles time in the nation. She ranked first after dominating at the USC meet.

"That's what I got recruited for," she said.

Already considered to be one of Fresno State's all-time greatest track and field athletes, Jordan still has a lot of room for improvement with three-plus years of competition remaining.

"I really don't know what to say," Jordan stated when asked about her place in Bulldog history. "I'm happy."

Latrisha has a bright future ahead of her. If she continues to lower her time in the 400 hurdles, she'll eventually earn the right to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. The "A" qualifying standard for the 2012 event is 56 seconds. The "B" standard (57.80) earns alternate status.

"Anything can happen," Jordan said. "But that's not my focus right now. School is."