Tschida and Kirkwood Punch Tickets to NCAA Javelin Final

May 27, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas -- Two Washington State athletes advanced to the national championships and six more advanced to regional quarterfinals Thursday at the NCAA West Regional/Preliminary Round Track & Field Championships, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas Austin campus.

The temperature for most of the competition was in the mid-90s. Forty-eight student-athletes in each event are competing in either a track first round or semifinal race, or in a field qualifying round. Only 12 will advance from this West Regional Preliminary three-day meet to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, June 9-12.

Javelin throwers Marissa Tschida (junior, Missoula, Mont.) and Courtney Kirkwood (sophomore, Othello, Wash.) are among the 12 women advancing to the NCAA final. Tschida, the national leader and school record-holder at 186-1 (56.71m), threw a distance of 171-feet, 10 inches (52.37m) for second place, and Kirkwood threw 164-7 (50.18m) for seventh place. Jennifer Hamilton (sophomore, Longview, Wash.) threw the javelin 138-8 (42.26m) for 33rd.

Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) opened the racing events Thursday afternoon with the fastest time in the men's 400m hurdles first round of 49.47 seconds. Anderson, the two-time NCAA champion, will run again Friday evening in the quarterfinal races where the top three finishers in each heat plus the next three fastest times will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene. He is the national leader with a time of 48.63.

Two Cougar women ran lifetime-bests and advanced to the quarterfinal of the women's 400m hurdles. Veronica Elseroad-Wall (junior, Casper, Wyo.) had the 19th-best time, a PR of 59.46 and Brittnay Crabb (sophomore, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) was the 24th runner to move on after clocking a PR time of 1:00.30.

Lisa Egami (senior, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) will run in the 1500m quarterfinal Saturday night after finishing fourth in her heat, 14th overall, with a time of 4:24.24. Egami, whose PR time is 4:19.31, ran in the front four of the pack for the entire race of her heat.

Joe Abbott (sophomore, Reno) sprinted the last 100m of the men's 800m first heat to finish second and advance to the Friday night quarterfinal race. Abbott's time of 1:48.66 was a PR and eighth-best of the day. Luke Lemenager (senior, Maple Valley, Wash.) just missed qualifying after running a time of 1:49.72 which was 26th overall.

Anna Layman (junior, Spokane Valley) ran a time of 2:08.71 in the women's 800m first round and it was the 24th and final time to advance to the quarterfinal. Layman, a 2008 All-American in the 800m, advanced to the Friday race by just 4/100s of a second.

Cougars competing in qualifying events Thursday and not advancing to Eugene included Kendall Mays (junior, Spokane) who cleared 12-3 1/2 (3.75m) in the pole vault which tied for 33rd. Joe Bartlett (sophomore, Reno) threw the shot put a distance of 54-9 1/2 (16.70m) which was 26th among the 48 competitors. Stephan Scott-Ellis (freshman, Tacoma) long jumped 24-1 3/4 (7.36m) which was 22nd overall. Scott-Ellis will triple jump Saturday. Dan Geib (junior, Reno) ran in the grueling 10,000m race and finished 39th in a time of 32:02.22. The officials pushed back the 10k start time by 30 minutes (9 p.m. CT) hoping to find cooler temps for the long distance runners. The temperature dropped to 79 just prior to the end of the men's race.

In the men's 100m dash first round, Brett Blanshan (freshman, Selah, Wash.) ran a time of 10.75 (34th), Nate Washington (junior, Everett) ran a time of 10.82w (40th) and Greg Hornsby (freshman, Moreno Valley, Calif.) ran a time of 10.83 (43rd). Blanshan will run in the 200m first round Friday. Princess Joy Griffey (senior, Federal Way) ran a 100m dash first round time of 11.95 (32nd). Shawna Fermin (freshman, Victorville, Calif.) ran the 400m dash in a time of 56.17 (44th).

The competition continues in Austin Friday afternoon with field events beginning at noon Central Time and running events starting at 4:30 p.m. CT.

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