Sheena Gordon

College, High School, Professional
About Sheena Gordon

Gordon is a decorated track and field star out of McDowell High School, where she was virtually unbeatable in the long, triple, and high jumps; and the 100-meter hurdles (1999-2002). She led the Lady Trojans to a PIAA Outdoor Championship and two runner up finishes. Individually, Gordon won seven indoor state championships and eight outdoor state titles, swept the District 10 championships in her events, and was an All-American for three years. She still holds state records in the outdoor high jump (5’11″), and outdoor triple jump. (42’ 10 1/ 4”). On the national level, she won five national titles and set three national records. Before going to college, Gordon earned a spot on the 2002 Junior World championships team which competed in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition, she was also a member of the National Honor Society and an All-Metro volleyball player. After receiving a full scholarship to UCLA, she won the 2004 NCAA West Regional high jump (6’2) and finished fourth (6’1 1 / 2”) at the NCAA outdoor national championships, as the Bruins won the team national championship. Gordon’s triple jump of 42’ 9 1/ 2” still ranks seventh all-time at UCLA, while her 6’ 2” high jump in 2004 is ranked second in Bruin history between world class athletes Amy Acuff (6’6″) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (6’ 1 1/2”). Transferring to the University of North Carolina her junior year, she became a five-time NCAA All-American. Along the way she became the second-best high jumper, both indoors (6’ 1 1/2”) and outdoors (6’ 3 1/4”), in Tar Heel history. As a senior, she claimed both ACC and NCAA titles in the indoor high jump. She narrowly missed out on sweeping the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing second. Gordon went on to have a successful and lengthy professional career, as well. She was ranked in the top 10 high and triple jumpers in the country eight times. In 2008, she competed in her second US Olympic Trials, earning a fifth place finish in the high jump (6’ 2 1/4”). She took a brief hiatus from the sport in 2009 when she started law school at Georgia State University. However she returned to train again in 2010 while many of her competitors focused solely on track and field. In 2012, Gordon competed in the Olympic Trials again, where she narrowly missed making the US Olympic Team in the triple jump, finishing second (45’ 4 1/2”). She passed the Florida Bar exam in 2013. She’s also added inductions into the Pennsylvania High School Track and Field Hall of Fame and the McDowell High School Hall of Fame to her resume’. Gordon’s lifetime personal records include 6’ 3 1/4” in the high jump, 19’ 10 1/ 2” in the long jump, and 45’ 4 1/2” in the triple jump.