Monday, January 19, 2009

Jeshua Anderson & UW women's cross country team honored at Seattle P-I sports banquet Tuesday

NCAA, US junior and world junior 400m hurdle champ Jeshua Anderson from Washington State University, along with the University of Washington women's cross country team will be among those honored Tuesday January 20th at what may possibly be the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's last annual Sports Star of the Year awards dinner at the Westin Seattle.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer may possibly fold if a buyer can't be found in the next sixty days.

Anderson, a sophomore from Mission Hills, Calif., went undefeated in the intermediate hurdles during his freshman season, an astounding streak that included victories at the Texas Relays and the Pac-10, NCAA West regional and NCAA championships, winning the latter in a WSU school-record time of 48.69 seconds.

The Huskies went undefeated in 2008, capping a perfect season by winning the NCAA championships in November.

Five runners earned All-America status, and the Huskies dominated at the NCAA championships in Terre Haute, Ind., beating runner-up Oregon by 52 points. The Huskies also scored an unprecedented sweep of the Pac-10 championships. Freshman Kendra Schaaf won the Pac-10 title and broke the conference record, but the Huskies also won the regional meet without her, and another freshman, Christine Babcock, was the team's top finisher in the national championship race.

Joining Babcock and Schaaf as All-Americans were sophomores Mel Lawrence and Katie Follett and senior Amanda Miller.

A total of 10 athletes will win awards and the audience will pick the 2008 male a female Sports Stars of the Year.

Some of the nominees include Washington basketball standout Jon Brockman, Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and USC safety Taylor Mays.

Female award winners are Olympic champion rowers Anna Cummins and Mary Whipple, the entire UW women's national championship cross country team, Olympic champion soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, Seattle Pacific soccer player Meredith Teague and Emerald Downs jockey Jennifer Whitaker.

Tickets cost $75 at 206-448-8066.

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fizbin said...

Better check that 68.69 time you have for Anderson . . .

Mercanator said...

I take full responsibility for that typo--just as bad as Donovan Powell.

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