World record holder Renaldo (Skeets) Nehemiah is hoping to run his first competitive high hurdles race since Jan. 1 tonight in the National AAU Track Championships at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Nehemiah, from Maryland, holds the world record of 6.89 in the 60-yard high hurdles, but because of an ankle injury, hasn't run his specialty since he clocked 7.02 at the CYO meet at Cole Field House Jan. 11.

The only race Nehemiah has run since then was a 440 in the Delaware Invitational two weeks ago. He won in 50.0.

If Nehemiah does run the hurdles tonight, his competition will come from 1972 Olympic gold medalist Rod Milburn, who is trying a comeback, Charles Foster and James Walker.

Nehemiah said he will warm up before his race and if he feels all right, will compete.

The men's 60-yard dash is also expected to be a thriller with Steve Riddick, Houston McTear, Harvey Glance and Texas A&M footballer Curtis Dickey.

The women's hurdles race is also expected to be a good one with Candy Young and Stephanie Hightower.

Hightower, from Ohio State, beat Young by a hundredth of a second in a world record 7.47 a week ago in the Millrose Games.

Mary Decker, who set a women's world indoor record of 4:00.8 in the 1,500 meters in the Millrose Games, is not expected to compete tonight.

Maryland's Chris Person will run in the 600 and will also be a member of Maryland's mile relay team. Darryl Bryant, David Saunders and Jim Greem will run with him.

Greem has a slight leg injury and it's possible Nehemiah could run in his place.