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Latrisha Jordan became the first athlete from Central Valley High School to earn a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college.

The recent graduate signed a national letter of intent inside her school's gymnasium on June 26 to continue her education and compete in track and field at Fresno State.

Herman, Latrisha's proud father, attended the history-making ceremony.

Hawk coaches Mike Reynolds and Anthony Castro were there too.

"They had the best deal," said Jordan, who also peaked the interest of USC, Cal, Kansas State and New Mexico State. "I'm happy because I don't have to pay for anything."

Added Reynolds: "I don't think she realizes how big this is."

Latrisha visited Fresno twice, including once in June and last fall. She'll live off campus and major in business. Jordan obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.167 in high school.

"She's the whole package," Reynolds said. "What blew me away is how she talked with the coaches and scouts. She was very respectful and professional. She's really matured."

Latrisha had a memorable career with Central Valley.

"It's been fun to work with that caliber of an athlete," Reynolds said. "She had a great attitude and work ethic. She was definitely a leader on the track."

Seeded eighth, Jordan claimed a fifth-place medal in the 300-meter hurdles at the 90th annual CIF state track and field championships in June in Norwalk.

She completed the race in a personal-best 42.40 seconds, which ranks 25th in the nation.

Latrisha also claimed Masters and Division III titles during her senior year.

She swept the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 400 and 200 at the Valley Oak League finals as well.

"She was motivated and focused," Reynolds said.

Latrisha finished 19th with a time of 45.94 in the 300 hurdles at the state meet as a junior. She took first at Masters, and collected four conference titles (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 200 and 100).

Jordan owns school records in seven individual events (100, 200, 400, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and long jump) and two relays (4x100 and 4x400).

"It's going to be hard to surpass something like that," Reynolds said.

At Fresno State, Latrisha will compete in multiple events, including the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.

"I think she's going to do exceptionally well," Reynolds said. "She going to be a standout freshman."

Jordan still has room for improvement. She took up the sport just two years ago. Latrisha left her mark by graduating as the most decorated athlete in Central Valley High School's three-year history.

"I don't feel any different," she said. "I guess it hasn't hit me yet."

Added Reynolds: "She's just getting started."