Anderson, Leavitt and Tschida Advance at NCAA Track Championships

June 10, 2009


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University had three competitors advance among the five who competed Wednesday, the first day of the 2009 NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships. Inclement weather that included rain and lightening at John McDonnell Field on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, caused a weather delay that began at 5 p.m. Pacific Time with four field events qualifying rounds and six track races semifinals left to be contested. If poor weather conditions continue, those events, including Trent Arrivey in the men's high jump and Sam Ahlbeck in the men's steeplechase, will be postponed until Thursday.

The final first round event held Wednesday night were the five heats of the men's 400m hurdles. Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), the defending NCAA champion, won his heat and had the third-fastest time of the first round at 50.12 seconds. Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.) ran a season-best 50.55 seconds for second place in his heat to qualify automatically. Leavitt's time was the ninth-fastest overall.

Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) threw the javelin 168-feet, 6 inches (51.36m) which WSU throws coach Debra Farwell said was the fifth-best among the two flights of qualifying and Tschida should advance to the Friday final.

Two Cougars competed but did not advance from first round races. Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a 100m dash prelim time of 10.35 seconds, fifth in his heat and the 19th overall, just missing moving to the 18-man semifinal by 2/100s second. Woods will run in the men's 200m dash first round Thursday evening.

As the women's intermediate hurdles first round heats began, the skies darkened and the rain began. Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) ran a 400m hurdles prelim time of 58.99, fifth in her heat and 22nd overall with the top 18 moving on to the semifinal.

This release will be updated when information is available about the resumption of competition Wednesday night or the rescheduling of events Thursday.

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