Chandler’s Jordan sets meet-record in 100M hurdles

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The Chandler Lady Wolves were on fire on Saturday at the Chandler Rotary Invitational. They were also busy setting records at the same time.

Hurdler Sherrelle Jordan, in particular, set a meet record in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 13.76. That’s also the third-fastest time in state history.

“I don’t know, that was like the most focused I’ve ever been,” Jordan said. “I didn’t hear anything, I wasn’t looking at anything but the finish line.”

Jordan said it was kind of an unusual feeling during the race, because she could actually sense herself getting faster as the race went on.

“When I was pulling my trail leg through, I felt myself getting off balance,” Jordan said. “Once I got to the ninth hurdle, I felt myself leaning, so I know I was running into it fast, because my body wasn’t used to it.”

The state record in the 100-meter event is held by Jessica Onyepunuka. She set it back in 2003.

Jordan said she was gunning for the state’s top time, but she knows there’s some things she needs to do during her next hurdle event in order to claim the No. 1 spot.

“Now [that] I see that I can drop that much time, and I was still hitting hurdles, if I have a good, clean race, start to finish, with no hurdles hitting, then I know that it’s possible for me to get it,” Jordan said.

Jordan seemed like a happy-go lucky young lady heading into the race. Winning the race and setting a meet-best time made her even giddier.

“I was just so happy that God blessed me enough to be able to do this,” Jordan said. “I just gave all my praise and glory to Him, I was just so happy. It’s just like that feeling of relief and joy once you physically see all your hard work and dedication pay off.”