Monday, June 21, 2004

Nation's 3rd fastest hurdler headed to GT

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Shantia Moss, the nation's third-fastest hurdler, won her first outdoor national title Saturday night at the rain-delayed Adidas Outdoor National Track and Field Championships at North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C.

The Georgia Tech-bound hurdler from Tamarac won the 100-meter hurdles in 13.67, her third-fastest career time. She won an indoor title in the 60-meter hurdles at the Nike Indoor Championships earlier this year.

"I am excited because this is my first outdoor national title," Moss said. "My start wasn't that great, but I got into a rhythm by the third hurdle and it was pretty much my race."

Moss, a Pompano Beach graduate, remains undefeated in the 100 hurdles and holds the state record of 13.53. Next week she competes in the Junior National Championships, a qualifier for the world juniors meet.

The top-seeded Moss was the fastest qualifier going into the championship final that also featured Ohio's LeAuna Sistrunk, the daughter of former all-pro football player Otis Sistrunk. Miami's Pavi'elle James failed to make the final.