Anderson Repeats as Intermediate Hurdles Champ at Texas Relays

April 4, 2009


AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington State sophomore Jeshua Anderson successfully defended his intermediate hurdles title Saturday at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

Anderson, a sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran a season-best and improved NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 49.48 seconds. Barry Leavitt, a senior from Benton City, Wash., finished fourth with a season-best and improved NCAA RQ time of 51.39. Anderson won the 2008 intermediate hurdles title with a time of 49.68.

The Cougars finished seventh in the Cleburne Price, Jr. men's University invitational 4x400m relay with an NCAA RQ time of 3:09.28. Leavitt led off the relay with a split time of 48.8, handing off to Anderson who cruised his leg in a time of 46.2. Reny Follett (junior, Lewiston, Idaho) ran the third leg in a time of 47.6 and Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran an anchor leg split time of 46.4. The Baylor squad won the race in a time of 3:02.68.

The Cougar men did not run in the 4x100m relay, choosing to be fresh for the 4x400m relay.

Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) took fifth place in the women's University/College Section A javelin competition with a toss of 161-10 (49.32m), thrown on her opening attempt. Lynnea Braun (junior, Yakima, Wash.) took eighth place after tossing a distance of 142-11 (43.56m). Both Cougars threw NCAA RQ marks but have already thrown longer distances this season. Braun suffered an injury and passed on her final four attempts.

Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) did not finish the men's 110m hurdles final after falling after the second hurdle. Anderson skipped the high hurdles final after qualifying in the prelims.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State track and field athletes won 18 events Saturday at the Sam Adams Classic Meet, at Whitworth University's Boppell Track.

Sophomore Candace Missouri (Vancouver, Wash.)was a triple winner, taking the 100m (12.39), the long jump (18-3 3/4 - 5.58m), and the triple jump (35-10 1/2 - 10.93m). Freshman Jennifer Hamilton was a double-winner with a javelin throw of 136-1 (41.48m), and then led a one-two-three WSU finish in the shot put with a toss of 40-6 (12.34m). Ashley Kenney's toss of 40-4 3/4 (12.31m) was second and Anna Albrecht's throw of 40-4 (12.29m) was third.

Alexa Huestis (sophomore, Chehalis, Wash.) reached an NCAA RQ with her meet record and PR clearance in the pole vault of 12-7 1/2 (3.85m). The previous record was 12-3 1/2 by Emily Roberts of EWU in 2003. Brittnay Crabb won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.33 which tied the meet record.

Other Cougar women winning events in Spokane included Ashlee Wall in the 1500m with a time of 4:56.96, and Sarah Dunn in the 5000m in a time of 18:44.54.

André Jennings (sophomore, Spokane) was a double-winner for the WSU men, claiming the 100m (11.03) and the 200m (22.08).

Trent Arrivey won the high jump with the bar at 6-11 1/2 (2.12m), a meet record by 1 1/2 inches over Linfield's Scott Radedtich's 1995 mark. Beau Carrillo pole vaulted 16-0 3/4 (4.90m) to win that event and shared the meet record with Jeremy Klas and Lucas Pope from Idaho.

Trevor Habberstad won the 110m high hurdles in a time of 15.14. J Hopkins claimed the 400m hurdles title with a time of 54.13, followed by Habberstad in 54.14, and former Cougar Eric Nygard (55.93) now a coach at Eastern Washington.

Moreno Zapata won the triple jump with a leap of 48-4 1/2 (14.74m), followed by teammates Christian Crain (45-9 3/4 - 13.96m), and Devin Timpson (44-1 1/2w -13.45m).

Both the men's and women's 4x400m relay teams won their events.

'We had some pretty nice marks here and under the circumstances, some pretty nice work,' WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. 'Alexa Huestis did a great job in the pole vault, dealing with a headwind at 10 in the morning and she had every excuse not to reach an NCAA qualifying mark. We are excited about Beau Carrillo is on his way up the ladder in the pole vault and he is going to have some good jumps ahead.'

The next competition for the WSU track and field teams will be April 9-11, at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA.

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