By Richard Greene
A light rain falling at Mike Myers Stadium Friday evening couldn’t spoil a golden finish for Alvord’s Jordan Ward.
The senior defending her Class 2A crown in the 100 hurdles, running a conference record 14.06 at the University Interscholastic League state track and field championships at the University of Texas in Austin.
“I’m glad I got to defend it,” Ward said. “I wish the weather could’ve been better, but you don’t think about it when you’re out there running a race.”
Ward won the race by .29 of a second over silver-medalist Lauren Bedrich of Rogers.
Ward’s time shattered the previous record of Olney’s Fallon Carter of 14.16 set in 2000.
The Alvord hurdler was unaware that she had set the record after the race.
“I don’t know if I got it,” Ward said. “It could’ve been wind-aided. I didn’t even know till the girls told me.”
Ward sprinted out of the blocks quickly, pulling into the lead by the first hurdle. She held on throughout the race.
“I felt great,” Ward said. “I hit a hurdle in warmups. But I ran a really clean race. It was probably the cleanest race I’ve had all year.”