Last night in the preliminary heats of the 60 meter hurdles Ward had the seventh fastest time (8.16) out of 16 sprinters and she held that spot in tonight's finals. She was making her first individual appearance at the NCAA Championships indoors and is already a veteran of the outdoor meet.
Tonight's finish puts the wraps on a phenomenal indoor season for Ward, one which saw her set personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles on three separate occasions. Back in January she had a time of 8.25 at the Penn State National and established her top career time at the meet for the second time in as many years.
Just shy of a month later Ward was the individual runner-up at the BIG EAST Championships and received All-BIG EAST accolades for her efforts. Most recently, Ward was the 60 meter hurdles champion at the ECAC Championship last weekend. She had the top time through the preliminary and semifinal heats at the ECAC meet and then clocked in a personal best 8.18 in the finals to claim the crown.
NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finals - 60 Meter Hurdles
1. Christina Manning Ohio State 7.91
2. Brianna Rollins Clemson 7.93
3. Bridgette Owens Clemson 8.03
4. Tiffany McReynolds Baylor 8.04
5. Jackie Coward UCF 8.14
6. Donique' Flemings Texas A&M 8.15
7. Shericka Ward Villanova 8.16 (8.151)
8. Jasmin Stowers LSU 8.16 (8.154)