Sunday, April 13, 2008

Frosh Jeshua Anderson hot at Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invite in LA...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Washington State University freshman Jeshua Anderson (left/photo courtesy Washington State University) dropped his collegiate national-leading 400m hurdles time to 49.66 seconds in the 95-degree heat Saturday, the final day of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Anderson, from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran his improved NCAA Regional Qualifying and freshman school record time for second place in the invitational race Saturday. Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan reported that Anderson had hit the final hurdle which cost him the win in the race. Professional Kyle Erickson won the race in a time of 49.64.

Complete results of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational can be accessed here...

NOTE: Washington State University's sports information office contributed to this report.


Hooty McBoob said...

What's the word on Anderson's chances of being a 2008 Olympian?

Mercanator said...

Quite honestly, he would have to run over his head to be a finalist in the Olympic Trials, let alone make the Olympic team.

Going into this season, there are five Americans who are ranked in the top 10 in the world, including the reigning world champion Kerron Clement, 2000 Olympic champion Angelo Taylor, and 2005 world champion Bershawn Jackson.

As of May 10, he is only the 19th fastest in the world, and 9th in the USA.

Of course, in 1976, there was an unknown 400m hurdler from Morehouse College by the name of Edwin Moses who shocked America and the world by winning the gold medal in Montreal.

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