Gar-Field High graduate and UCLA senior Sheena Johnson had a busy evening as she competed in three events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the University of Texas's Mike Myers Stadium.
Johnson's night began when she ran the second leg on UCLA's 4x100-meter relay, helping the Bruins finish second in 43.49 seconds. LSU dominated the competition, winning in a stadium-record 42.61.
LSU, Texas and UCLA are the three schools expected to battle for the women's team title.
Less than two hours after the relay, Johnson finished third in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a career-best 12.75, the fastest third-place finish in NCAA history. Texas's Nicole Denby won the hurdles in a meet-record 12.62.
"To run 12.75 and to get third is awesome, so I'm pretty happy with that," said Johnson, who finished eighth in the event last year.
"I wanted to win, but it was a new personal record so I can't be too upset."
Less than 40 minutes after the 100-meter hurdles, Johnson finished her busy day by winning her heat of the 400-meter hurdles in 55.60 to advance to Saturday's finals. Johnson is the defending 400-meter hurdles champion.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, George Mason junior Richard Phillips finished fifth in a personal best 13.48 seconds.
In the men's 400-meter hurdles, Florida's Rickey Harris (Centreville) advanced to the finals with the second fastest time of the night -- 49.61. Harris won the event in 2002 and was runner-up last year.
Besides the short hurdles, the 100-meter dashes were the only other track finals Friday night. In the women's 100, Miami's Lauryn Williams ran a world-leading 10.97. On the men's side, Arkansas's Tyson Gay overcame a poor start to win in 10.06 to give the favored Razorbacks 10 points.
Johnson's Bruins picked up 14 points in the women's pole vault with first- and fifth-place showings by Chelsea Johnson (14 feet 11/4 inches) and Jackie Nguyen (13-51/4). Kira Sims of Akron (Gar-Field) finished fourth at 13-91/4.
In action late Thursday night, Georgetown sophomore Nicole Lee earned all-American honors with her tenth-place finish in the women's 10,000 in 35 minutes .85 seconds. In the men's 10,000, Arkansas senior Alistair Cragg got the favored Razorbacks on the scoreboard with a win in 29:22.43.