Anderson Runs Top Time at World Junior Championship Prelims

July 9, 2008

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Washington State University freshman Jeshua Anderson ran the top time in the men's 400m hurdles qualification heats Wednesday at the 12th Annual International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., finished first in the first of four heats with a time of 51.12 seconds. A total of 24 runners advanced to the July 10, three-heat semifinals. The top two finishers in each semifinals heat and the next two fastest times will move on to the eight-man final slated for July 11.

Anderson won the 2008 USA Junior Championship 400m hurdles title with a meet and stadium record-time of 49.28 seconds. This title was added to the NCAA Championships and Pacific-10 Conference Championship titles Anderson also claimed in 2008. He ran at the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene last month, finishing ninth in the men's intermediate hurdles semifinals (48.92).

He set a school record and lifetime-best 400m hurdles mark of 48.69 seconds at the NCAA Championship final.

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