WSU's Anderson Runs Best Prelim Time at USA Track & Field Olympic Trials

June 27, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State freshman phenom Jeshua Anderson ran the fastest time in the men's 400m hurdles qualifying heats at the USA Olympic Trials Friday night in Eugene.

Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran a time of 49.05 seconds, the fastest time among the 29 men running in this first of three rounds. Wearing his crimson Cougars uniform, Anderson cruised to the tape in the fourth heat, keeping his unbeaten streak of 2008 in tact. Also advancing out of the prelims is WSU alum Eric Dudley who ran a time of 49.39, 13th fastest. Sixteen competitors advanced to the semifinals which will be run at Hayward Field Saturday at 3:55 p.m. Pacific Time.

(Anderson's post-race quotes will be published when available Friday evening.)

Former Cougar Diana Pickler is in second place after the first day of the women's heptathlon with 3,750 points while her sister Julie Pickler is in 11th with 3,386 points after four events. Hyleas Fountain leads with 3,989 points.

In quotes provided on the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials website, Diana Pickler said, 'For tomorrow, I just need to focus on the long jump and stay strong. I don't have any concerns, and am ready for all of the things tomorrow. I think [the heptathlon] will be my niche; I'm just working on it every day.'On being the sole Olympic competitor during the high jump Pickler said, 'It was a really good feeling, I just soaked in the moment for sure. It was fun starting, I mean it's really neat that we're starting off the Olympic Trials.'

Men 400 Meter Hurdles================================================================       World: W 46.78  8/6/1992    Kevin Young, USA    American: A 46.78  8/6/1992    Kevin Young, Foot Locker AC          OT: T 47.37  7/17/1988   Edwin Moses, Team adidas     Hayward: S 47.69  1993        Kevin Young, USA    Name                    Year Team                   Prelims================================================================Heat  1 Preliminaries  1 Terry Thornton               unattached               49.54Q  2 Justin Gaymon                Georgia                  49.64Q  3 Robert Griffin               Baylor                   49.74Q  4 James Carter                 Nike                     49.94q  5 Johnny Dutch                 South Carolina           49.96q  6 Nick Robinson                Texas A&M                50.45  50.448  7 Ben Clark                    VS Athletics             50.88Heat  2 Preliminaries  1 Bershawn Jackson             Nike                     49.63Q  2 LaRon Bennett                unattached               49.99Q  3 Joey Woody                   unattached               50.34Q  4 LaBronze Garrett             unattached               50.46  5 Rickey Harris                unattached               50.56  6 Kai Kelley                   U S C                    52.29  7 Kenneth Ferguson             adidas                   53.13Heat  3 Preliminaries  1 Reuben McCoy                 Auburn                   49.87Q  2 Brandon Johnson              Nike                     50.11Q  3 Nathaniel Garcia             U.S. Army                50.35Q  4 Michael Tinsley              adidas                   50.37  5 Justin Boyd                  Baylor                   50.45  50.449  6 Thomas Hilliard              unattached               51.59  7 Derrick Williams             Reebok                   51.92  8 Jake Hanson                  California               52.67Heat  4 Preliminaries  1 Jeshua Anderson              unattached               49.05Q  2 Kerron Clement               Nike                     49.13Q  3 Angelo Taylor                Nike                     49.34Q  4 Eric Dudley                  unattached               49.39q  5 Brian Derby                  Phenetix Intl            50.19q  6 Kyle Erickson                unattached               50.81  7 Damian Prince                unattached               50.97================================================================       World: W 46.78  8/6/1992    Kevin Young, USA    American: A 46.78  8/6/1992    Kevin Young, Foot Locker AC          OT: T 47.37  7/17/1988   Edwin Moses, Team adidas     Hayward: S 47.69  1993        Kevin Young, USA    Name                    Year Team                   Prelims================================================================Preliminaries  1 Jeshua Anderson              unattached               49.05Q  2 Terry Thornton               unattached               49.54Q  3 Bershawn Jackson             Nike                     49.63Q  4 Reuben McCoy                 Auburn                   49.87Q  5 Kerron Clement               Nike                     49.13Q  6 Justin Gaymon                Georgia                  49.64Q  7 LaRon Bennett                unattached               49.99Q  8 Brandon Johnson              Nike                     50.11Q  9 Angelo Taylor                Nike                     49.34Q 10 Robert Griffin               Baylor                   49.74Q 11 Joey Woody                   unattached               50.34Q 12 Nathaniel Garcia             U.S. Army                50.35Q 13 Eric Dudley                  unattached               49.39q 14 James Carter                 Nike                     49.94q 15 Johnny Dutch                 South Carolina           49.96q 16 Brian Derby                  Phenetix Intl            50.19q 17 Michael Tinsley              adidas                   50.37 18 Nick Robinson                Texas A&M                50.45  50.448 19 Justin Boyd                  Baylor                   50.45  50.449 20 LaBronze Garrett             unattached               50.46 21 Rickey Harris                unattached               50.56 22 Kyle Erickson                unattached               50.81 23 Ben Clark                    VS Athletics             50.88 24 Damian Prince                unattached               50.97 25 Thomas Hilliard              unattached               51.59 26 Derrick Williams             Reebok                   51.92 27 Kai Kelley                   U S C                    52.29 28 Jake Hanson                  California               52.67 29 Kenneth Ferguson             adidas                   53.13
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