Anderson Wins 400m Hurdles at Pac-10 Track & Field Championships

May 17, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State's Jeshua Anderson won the men's intermediate hurdles Saturday night at the very warm (94 degrees at the 9:30 p.m. meet's end) Pacific-10 Track & Field Championships presented by 76 Gasolines at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium.

The Arizona State women (186.5 points) and the Oregon men (144.5 points) repeated as conference team champions. The Washington State women finished tied with California for sixth place with 71.5 points. The WSU men finished sixth with 73.5 points.

Freshman Jeshua Anderson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) won the men's 400m hurdles with a personal-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 49.55 seconds. His time also improved his freshman school record by .11 seconds and becomes the third-fastest intermediate hurdles time ever run by a Cougar. Junior Barry Leavitt (Benton City, Wash.) finished fourth in the 400m hurdles with a PR and improved NCAA RQ time of 50.82, eighth-best in school history.

Lorraine King (junior, Fontana, Calif.) was the runner-up in the women's 400m hurdles with a time of 58.72 and freshman Veronica Elseroad-Wall (Casper, Wyo.) finished sixth with a PR, improved NCAA RQ and the fifth-fastest time in school history of 1:00.17.

Anna Layman (redshirt freshman, Spokane Valley, Wash.) took third place in the women's 800m final and for the second straight day lowered her PR and improved her NCAA RQ mark by running a time of 2:04.87, the fourth-fastest 800m time in WSU women's history.

Ebba Jungmark (freshman, Onsala, Sweden) was the runner-up in the women's high jump after clearing a season-best and improved NCAA RQ height of 5-11 1/4 (1.81m). McKinnon Hanson (senior, LaPush, Wash.) cleared a height of 5-7 (1.70m) to tie for seventh place.

Senior McKenzie Garberg (Benton City, Wash.) finished fourth in the women's discus but threw a PR and improved NCAA RQ distance of 175-10 (53.60m) which is fourth-best in WSU women's records.

Justin Woods (junior, Buena Vista, Calif.) finished fourth in the men's 100m dash in a time of 10.63 and Marlon Murray (freshman, Des Moines, Wash.) took sixth place with a time of 10.74. They were joined by André Jennings and Jeshua Anderson for the 4x100m relay where the Cougars placed fifth with a time of 40.53.

Robert Williams (junior, Riverside, Calif.) took fifth place in the 110m hurdles, equaling his season-best and NCAA RQ time of 14.02, while Jeshua Anderson finished ninth in a time of 14.95.

The men's 4x400m relay team of Leavitt, Reny Follett, Woods and Anderson took fourth place with an improved NCAA RQ time of 3:07.47.

Two Cougars placed in the men's high jump with Trent Arrivey (sophomore, Woodinville, Wash.) clearing 7-1 (2.16m) for third place and Ryan Deese (freshman, Colorado Spring, Colo.) tied for sixth after clearing 6-8 3/4 (2.05m). Senior Kyle Eaton did not clear a bar Saturday.

Phil McArthur (junior, Selkirk, Wash.) became the 15th man in WSU history to throw the hammer over 200-feet when he took sixth place in the hammer final Saturday morning with a PR and improved NCAA RQ toss of 202-10 (61.82m).

Moreno Zapata (junior, Lakewood, Wash.) took fourth place in the men's triple jump with his sixth and final leap of the competition going a distance of 50-3 1/4 (15.32m).

In the women's sprints finals, Princess Joy Griffey (sophomore, Federal Way, Wash.) ran a time of 24.00 for eighth place in the 200m dash and La Shawnda Porter-Red (senior, Renton, Wash.) ran a season-best time of 24.16 but finished out of the scoring in ninth. The 4x100m relay team of Angela Jensen, Porter-Red, Candace Missouri and Griffey ran a season-best time of 45.91 seconds for fourth place. WSU's women's 4x400m relay of Griffey, Layman, Porter-Red and King finished sixth with an NCAA RQ time of 3:39.17.

In the women's triple jump, Missouri leaped 38-1 1/4 (11.61m) for 13th place but Catie Schuetzle fouled on all three attempts so did not place. Kendall Mays did not clear the opening height of the women's pole vault, 11-7 3/4 (3.55m).

Seniors Isley Gonzalez and Haley Paul ran in the women's 5000m final with Gonzalez 22nd in a time of 17:57.51, and Paul 24th in a time of 18:08.98. Dominic Smargiassi finished 15th in the men's 5000m race with a time of 14:38.57.

WSU does not compete next weekend but qualified competitors will compete at the NCAA West Regionals, May 30-31, at Northridge, Calif.

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