Jessica

Ohanaja

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Sprints/Hurdles
Height: 5'8"
Class: Senior
City/State: Houston, Texas
High School: Westbury HS
Experience: 4 Letters

Bio

Events: 60H (8.00), 100H (12.91w/13.01)

7-time All-American
2-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion
3-time SEC Champion
5-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
One of the most prolific hurdlers in the history of the Lady Tiger program ... Was a four-time All-American in the sprint hurdles during her collegiate career ... Earned All-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships during both the 2007 and 2008 seasons ... Was the NCAA runner-up in the 60 hurdles at the indoor national meet in 2007, clocking a personal best time of 8.00 in the final ... Time ranks in a tie for the No. 2 spot on the school’s all-time indoor performance list ... Set her personal best of 13.01 in the 100 hurdles with a seventh-place finish in the event at the NCAA Outdoor meet in 2007 ... Ranks No. 9 all-time in the event at LSU ... Also won three All-America honors while running on the Lady Tigers 4x100-meter relay team from 2005-07 ... Was also a two-time NCAA Mideast Regional champion, a three-time SEC champion and five-time All-SEC performer during her career with the Lady Tigers ... Teamed with Tenaya Jones, Angel Boyd and Nickiesha Wilson to set a new collegiate record of 52.77 in the shuttle hurdle relay to win the Championship of America title at the 114th Penn Relays in 2008.

2008
Continued to show why she is one of the premier hurdlers in the history of the Lady Tiger program with her performance in 2008 ... Added two more All-America honors in the sprint hurdles to her already impressive resume ... Scored three points with a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, to help the Lady Tigers win their first national championship since the 2004 season ... Recorded a seasonal-best time of 13.04 in qualifying for the 100 hurdles at the NCAA meet ... Was an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships after finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (12.91w) ... Clocked a seasonal-best time of 8.08 to earn All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the 60 hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Successfully defended her crown in the 60-meter hurdles at the SEC Indoor Championships, winning with a time of 8.11 in the final ... Led a 1-2-3 sweep by the Lady Tigers as Nickiesha Wilson took second and Tenaya Jones finished third at the SEC Indoor meet ... Added indoor titles at the Razorback Invitational (8.14), New Balance Collegiate Invitational (8.12) and LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier (8.32) ... Earned all-conference honors during the outdoor season with a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Ran a wind-aided time of 13.02 in the conference final ... Helped lead LSU to a sweep of the team titles at the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships by scoring 18 individual points in conference action ... Marked the first time since 1996 that the Lady Tigers swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the same season ... Teamed with Tenaya Jones, Angel Boyd and Nickiesha Wilson to set a new collegiate record of 52.77 in the shuttle hurdle relay to win the Championship of America title at the 114th Penn Relays ... Lined up in the 60-meter dash three times during the indoor season ... Placed 14th in the event at the SEC indoor meet with a time of 7.53.

2007
Teamed with Lady Tiger sophomore Nickiesha Wilson to form the nation’s top hurdling duo in 2007 ... Was the national runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season ... Clocked a new personal best and the second-fastest time in school history at 8.00 in the finals at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Won her first career individual SEC title in the event after crossing the finish line with a new meet-record time of 8.03 at the SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. ... Proved to be one of the nation’s premier 60-meter hurdlers throughout the indoor season as she won a total of six event titles, including the Purple Tiger Classic (8.17), Lobo Invitational (8.23), Bayou Bengal Invitational (8.14) and New Balance Collegiate Invitational (8.14) ... Earned a pair of All-America honors during the outdoor season ... Ran the leadoff leg on the Lady Tigers’ 4x100-meter relay team that finished as the national runner-up with a seasonal-best time of 43.14 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at the national meet after crossing the finish line with a new personal best and the ninth-fastest time in school history at 13.01 ... Also won NCAA Mideast Regional titles in both events, recording a 13.02 in the 100 hurdles and a 44.60 in the sprint relay ... Swept conference titles in the sprint hurdles in 2007 as she edged Wilson at the tape by one one-hundredth of a second with a time of 13.10 at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Also crowned champion in the 100-meter hurdles at the prestigious Texas Relays (13.34) and Penn Relays (13.09) ... Ran the leadoff leg on the 4x100-meter relay team that just missed earning All-SEC honors by finish in third place at the conference meet.

2006
Earned her second career All-America honor as a member of the Lady Tigers’ 4x100-meter relay team as she ran the third leg in the preliminary heat at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Team finished in second place at the national meet with a seasonal-best time of 42.94 in the final heat ... Arguably the Lady Tigers’ top hurdler during the 2006 campaign ... Earned her first career All-SEC honor in the 100-meter hurdles by finishing second at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a then personal-best time of 13.10 ... Competed in the event at the NCAA Mideast Regional after clocking a regional qualifying time of 13.45 in just her first meet of the outdoor season ... Was unable to finish the regional meet after suffering an injury in the event finals ... Took first place in the 100-meter hurdles at both the LSU Tiger Relays (13.37w) and Tiger Classic (13.47w) ... Also took first place in the 200 meters at the Tiger Classic after crossing the finish line in 24.40 ...Finished second in the 100-meter hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 13.18 and third at the Texas Relays with a mark of 13.14 ... During the indoor season, competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships ... Finished the meet in 14th place with a time of 8.27 in her preliminary heat ... Clocked a PR of 8.23 to finish second in the event at the LSU Invitational ... Crossed the finish line in first place at three home meets during the indoor season ... Took first place at the Purple Tiger Invitational (8.35), Bayou Bengal Invitational (8.31) and LSU Twilight (8.29) ... Earned a second-place finish at the UNM Lobo Invitational (8.30) and a fourth-place finish at the New Balance Invitational (8.25) ... Ran both the 55-meter hurdles and 55 meters at the SEC Championships, finishing the meet in fourth place and 12th place, respectively ... Competed sparingly in the 60 meters and 200 meters during the indoor season.

2005
Ran the third leg on the Lady Tigers' 4x100-meter relay team that earned All-America status with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Combined with fellow freshmen Ashley Owens, Deonna Lawrence and Kelly Baptiste to clock a seasonal best of 43.67 in the national final ... Same foursome clocked 44.01 to finish second at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Individually, qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter hurdles after finishing third at the regional meet with a then personal-best time of 13.47 ... Went on to place 28th at the national meet (14.38) ... Clocked 13.53 to finish fourth at the SEC Championships ... During the indoor season, posted a personal best of 8.41 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at the SEC Championships ... Time was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark ... Also ran the 60 meters at two meets, posting a seasonal-best time of 7.73.

PRIOR TO LSU
Four-year letterwinner for coach Rose Brimmer at Westbury High School in Houston ... Was an All-America selection in both 2003 and 2004 ... Helped her team to state championships in 2000 and 2001 ... Posted top times of 7.49 in the 60 meters, 8.53 in the 60-meter hurdles and 13.74 in the 100-meter hurdles.

PERSONAL
Born on Dec. 6, 1985 ... Daughter of Jerome and Adileen Ohanaja ... Has five siblings named Linda, Jennifer, Cynthia, Lisa and CJ.

 

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