Washington State University freshman Jeshua Anderson (above/photo finish shot courtesy Seiko/IAAF) won his semi-final race in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles Thursday at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Running in the second of three semi-final heats, Anderson posted the fastest time of the day, clocking 49.90.
Anderson, the reigning Pac-10, NCAA West Region, and NCAA champion is headed on a collision course to meet South Carolina freshman Johnny Dutch in Friday night's final. Dutch, a Olympic Trials finalist, clocked 50.40 to win heat one.
Afterwards, he told USA Track & Field' s on site media relations team, "I wanted to get out hard and have a smooth race. It was real windy, so I wanted to see how it would feel to run hard and then ease up at the end a bit.
"I just want to go 1-2 in the final. However it plays out it doesn't matter as long as the USA is the top two. We want to take some medals back home."
Incoming Husky freshman Kendra Schaff, who finished seventh in the women's 5000 earlier in the meet, returns Friday in the semifinals of the women's 1500 meter run. The Canadian will run in heat three against the US national high school record holder in the 1500, Jordan Hasay, who was a finalist in that event at the US Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon.