Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NCAA Championships underway in Fayetteville, Arkansas...

The four day festival known as the NCAA Track & Field Championships is now underway in Fayetteville, Arkansas at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas, with ten athletes from Washington State University and nineteen athletes from the University of Washington competing in the meet.

All eyes will be on WSU sophomore Jeshua Anderson (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information), as the two-time Pac-10 and NCAA West regional champion looks to add another national title to his resume over the 400-meter hurdles.

Washington's 19 representatives is up from 13 a year ago and features several athletes that will be eyeing national titles and All-America honors. Eleven Huskies will be competing at the outdoor national meet for the first time in their careers.

Another athlete to watch out for is 2008 US Olympic Trials javelin champion Kara Patterson from Vancouver's Skyview High School. The Purdue University senior was heavily favored in last year's NCAA meet in Des Moines, Iowa, but only managed to place fifth, before rebounding a few weeks later to make the Olympic team.

Here's a link to an article from the Vancouver Columbian on Kara.

Here are links to the NCAA meet releases for the University of Washington and Washington State University.

Live results are available here
, and live streaming of the meet is available here.

Viewers are reminded that CBS College Sports (channel 412 on Seattle area Comcast) will show the meet on Friday live beginning at 4 pm pacific, and CBS Sports will telecast the meet starting at 10 am on Saturday.

Here's an interview with Washington coach Greg Metcalf, courtesy UW Sports Information:



Below is the list of times that athletes from Washington State and Washington will compete on Wednesday. A listing of times will be posted before the start of each day of competition, along with a recap.

Wednesday, June 10 - All Times are Central Time Zone

WSU
5:30 p.m. Women's Javelin Qualifying - Marissa Tschida
6:15 p.m. Men's 100m Dash First Round - Justin Woods
6:30 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles First Round - Lorraine King
6:45 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles First Round - Jeshua Anderson & Barry Leavitt
7:40 p.m. Men's 100m Dash Semifinal - Justin Woods
8:00 p.m. Men's High Jump Qualifying - Trent Arrivey
8:15 p.m. Men's 3000m Steeplechase Semifinal - Sam Ahlbeck

UW
10:30 a.m. Hammer Men Qualifying--Zach Midles
1:00 p.m. Hammer Women Qualifying--Elisa Bryant
4:30 Pole Vault Men Qualifying--Scott Roth, Jared O'Connor
5:15 4 x 100 Relay Men Semifinal--Jeff Gudaitis, Kenjamine Jackson , Randy Bacon, and Joe Turner
5:30 Javelin Women Qualifying--Brooklyn Pighin
7:15 400 Meters Men First Round--Jordan Boase, Jeff Guidaitis
7:15 Pole Vault Women Qualifying--Andrea Peterson
7:50 3000 Steeplechase Women Semifinal--Mel Lawrence
8:00 Javelin Men Qualifying--Kyle Nielsen
8:40 5000 Meters Women Semifinal--Katie Follett

Others with Washington affiliation competing Wednesday:

10:30 a.m. Jake Shanklin (Wyoming)--men's hammer Ellensburg/Spokane CC
5:30 p.m. Kara Patterson (Purdue)--women's javelin Skyview HS/Vancouver; Michelle Coombs (Eastern Washington)
5:45 p.m. Alex McClary (Arkansas)--men's 800 Shelton HS

NOTE: After a spectacular NCAA West Regional performance, WSU sophomore Marlon Murray will not be competing. Murray ran a 100m time of 10.57 for fifth, and a 200m time of 21.26 for third after running a PR prelim time of 20.99. He pulled up at 200m finish line with hamstring pull and was not able to fully rehabilitate in time for national meet.

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