Friday, June 20, 2008

Jeshua Anderson cruises through prelims at junior nationals...

Super frosh Jeshua Anderson of Washington State University won the preliminaries of the 400-meter men's hurdles and javelin thrower Marissa Tschida finished fourth in the final of the javelin at the 2008 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Anderson breezed through the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.19 to advance to Saturday's final at 3:15 p.m. Pacific.

"He saved about as much as humanly possible today," Cougar Assistant Coach Mark Macdonald said. "He looked like he was jogging. He was really cruising. He ran through the first seven hurdles easily and did some things on the eighth and ninth hurdles that we have been working on in practice."

Tschida was in second place after four attempts on the strength of a 160-10 (49.03m) throw on her third attempt. Roxanne Grizzle, competing unattached, threw 170-03 (51.89m) and Hannah Carson of the Arizona Cheetahs recorded a throw of 163-05 (49.80m) on their fifth attempts to capture second and third place, respectively.

Karlee McQuillen of Penn State won the event with a fifth-attempt toss of 171-05 (52.24m). McQuillen and one other American will advance to the International Association of Athletics Federation World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, July 8-13

Amanda Peterson of the Eastern Washington University track and field team finished sixth in the javelin, as the freshman from Gig Harbor threw 152-10.

Meanwhile, University of Washington freshman Elisa Bryant finished 11th in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 151-10, after fouling her first two throws.

Spokane CC sprinter Chanel James ran 12.23 in the prelims of the 100 meter dash, and did not make the finals.

The meet continues tomorrow. Here's the link to results from the national championships...

NOTE: The sports information offices of Eastern Washington University, Spokane CC, the University of Washington, and Washington State University contributed to this report.

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