Jaide's journey

Jaide's journey
(Cover photo courtesy: USC Athletics)
(Cover photo courtesy: USC Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Jaide Stepter's track career is starting to take front page shape.

The Canyon del Oro High School 2012 grad will head back to the Pac-12 Championships this June as the reigning champion in the women's 400-meter hurdles.

She appears to be not only the runner to beat in conference but one of the runners to beat nationally.

Stepter has run the best two races of her career in this early track season.

She posted a personal-best 55.83 at the Florida Relays earlier this month and followed that with a 56.14 in winning the event at the Jim Click Shootout here in Tucson.

It was a homecoming for Stepter who won three individual state championships in track for the Dorados including breaking the state record in the 300-meter hurdles (42.10) in 2012.

The 55.83 time the USC junior ran at the Florida Relays is the second fastest time in NCAA Division I so far this season (54.94).

Stepter won last year's conference championship with a time of 56.99.

She is the daughter of former U.S. Olympic hurdler Latanya Sheffield who finished 8th in the 400-meter hurdles event at the 1998 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

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