Track & Field
    Ali Wins 60m HH World Indoor Title In Poland
    Ali waves to the crowd after taking gold in the 60m HH at the World Indoor Games in Poland on March 8.
    Ali waves to the crowd after taking gold in the 60m HH at the World Indoor Games in Poland on March 8.

    March 9, 2014

    Former Trojan great Nia Ali won the 60m hurdles title at the World Indoor Games held in Sopot, Poland on March 8.

    Ali won the event with a PR of 7.80 seconds, edging 2012 Olympic 100m HH gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia who finished with a time of 7.85.

    "The goal was just to go for it," Ali said. When the gun went off, I went as hard as I could. I knew Sally gets out really well and I wanted to match that.

    "It was a tight race. I'm just happy I was able to come up with a victory. "There's so much that I take from my coach, Ryan Wilson (the world 110m hurdles silver medalist and USC's volunteer assistant coach). He always tells me, `You're really fast,' and he's had me working on 60m races this year.

    "He kept telling me, `Run it like a 60.' So I just used my arms and ran it like a flat 60m."

    The plan certainly paid off for the 25-year-old Ali, who lives in North Hollywood. "I'm still excited," she said. "I'm trying to process everything that's happened.

    Ali won the NCAA 100m HH title in 2011 while at USC.