Renaldo (Skeets) Nehemiah will continue his quest for a world record in the 110-meter high hurdles at the AAU outdoor track and field championships beginning today at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Nehemiah, a Maryland freshman who finished second to UCLA's Greg Foster in last week's NCAA meet at Eugene, Ore., set a world junior record of 13.27 seconds in that race, missing the world record by six-hundredths of a second.Foster ran 13.22.

Foster injured his leg, however, and his status for the AAU meet is uncertain.

Even if Foster doesn't run, Nehemiah will get stiff competition from defending champion James Owens, also of UCLA; Charles Foster, Dedy Cooper and Nehemiah's Maryland teammate, Greg Robertson.

Another Terrapin, Robert Calhoun, will compete in the long jump.

The D.C. International Track Club is sending three men and four women to the three-day meet. Maurice Peoples will compete in the 400 meters and Dr. Delano Meriweather and Cliff Wiley will run in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

In the women's competition, June Smith will run the 400 intermediate hurdles and Henrietta Nancis and Liz Hatz the 400 meters. Freda Nichols, the AAU indoor 200-meter champ, will compete in her specialty.

The University of the District of Columbia is sending two women to the meet - Liz Young in the 200 and Carolyn Brinkley in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.

High jumper Paula Girven, who jumped a personal record 6-1 3/4 two weeks ago, is going to summer school at Maryland and is not sure if she will make it to Los Angeles in time for Friday's competition.

There is expected to be some heated competition in the men's 100-meter dash, where defending champion Donald Quarrie will be challenged by NCAA champ Clancy Edwards of USC, Houston McTear, Harvey Glance and Steve Williams.

Three triplejumpers, Milan Tiff, Lon Livers and James Butts, are talking world record for that event and Dwight Stones and Franklin Jacobs will continue their high jump battle.

The highlight of the women's competition is expected to come in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, where this country's three best women middle-distance runners, Mary Decker, Francie Larue and Jan Merrill, will compete.