Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jeshua Anderson wins Mt. SAC Relays 400h title in world leading mark; Norris Frederick & Jarred Rome also winners...

WALNUT, California--Washington State's Jeshua Anderson won the men's Invitational 400m hurdles race at the 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays, contested at Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Anderson, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., won the men's Invitational 400m hurdles in a season-best time of 49.11 seconds, a healthy distance ahead of USC's Reggie White who ran 50.45.

Anderson's mark is currently the fastest time in the world in this young outdoor season, surpassing Danny McFarlane of Jamaica and Cornel Fredericks of South Africa, who both ran 49.12 earlier this year.

Courtesy of media partner, here's the video of Anderson's world leading race:


Former Husky All American Norris Frederick won the invitational mens' long jump with a first round leap of 26-4.25 (8.03m), besting Mexico's Luis Alberto Rivera, who jumped 26-0.25 (7.93m).

Former Marysville-Pilchuck HS standout Jarred Rome (left/photo by Paul Merca), a member of last year's world championship team, won the invitational discus with a throw of 209-3 (63.77m). Former Cougar Drew Ulrick took third place with a throw of 196-1 (59.76m).

Washington's Scott Roth finished in a tie with USC's Brandon Estrada for second in the invitational pole vault with a jump of 17-8.5 (5.40m), as Mexico's Giovanni Lanaro won with a leap of 18-8.25 (5.70m).

Former Tacoma prep standout Craig Everhart finished fourth in the invitational 400m, running 46.19.

The men's invitational hammer throw was littered with numerous athletes with Washington connections, as Kibwe Johnson, who trains with former Husky Martin Bingisser in Kamloops, BC finished second with a throw of 248-4 (75.70m). 2009 world championships team member Michael Mai of Ft. Lewis was fourth at 237-2 (72.29m), and former Eastern Washington standout David Paul was fifth at 224-5 (68.40m).

Bingisser was seventh at 216-2 (65.88m), and former Spokane Falls CC & University of Wyoming standout Jake Shanklin was 11th at 207-4 (63.20m).

Describing his series, Bingisser said, "I started off slow today, but ended up getting the extra distance after I found my rhythm. But again, I know there is more there. I had three throws over 65 meters and was very close to a bigger toss. The last one was close to what I wanted, but I pulled the release a little and that launched it out of the sector. It was still around 67 meters, so that's my new target for my next meet."

"I'm slowly improving in each meet an know I can make my way up to 70 meters this year. My technique has been getting better every day, and it'll happen when the pieces come together in a meet. I've got plenty of time for that though. This is just the start of a long season; the Swiss championships are in mid-July and I'm also hoping to qualify for the European Championships in August."


Anna Layman, a junior from Spokane Valley, won the women's Olympic Development 800m race in a time of 2-minutes, 6.80 seconds. Joe Abbott was the runner up on the men's 800m Olympic Development race with a season-best time of 1:49.12. Luke Lemenager finished 10th in the same race in a time of 1:52.73.

Princess Joy Griffey ran a season-best non-wind-aided time of 11.79 for eighth place in the women's 100m Invitational 100m dash. She also ran the second leg of the women's 4x100m Invitational relay that ran a time of 46.55 for fourth place. Cindy Robinson, Griffey, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown and Angela Jensen ran the first short relay for the Cougar women this season.

The WSU men's 4x100m relay team of Brett Blanshan, Nate Washington, Greg Hornsby, and Stephan Scott-Ellis ran a season-best time of 40.94 for fourth place in the men's Invitational race.

In the Olympic Development men's 400m hurdles race, J Hopkins placed third with a time of 53.07.

High jumper Trent Arrivey struggled in the men's Invitational event Saturday, clearing 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) for seventh place.

Late Friday night, Lisa Egami finished 15th in the 5000m Invitational race in a PR time of 16:30.89, the fifth-fastest time in school history. In the men's 5000m University/Open "B" race, Jono Lafler ran a PR time of 14:10.54 for fourth place.

In field events Friday night, Courtney Kirkwood threw the javelin a season-best 168-8 (51.42m) for third place. Hilary Moore tied for ninth in the "B" section of the pole vault with a season-best clearance at 11-9 3/4 (3.60m). It was not a good night for hammer thrower Kjirsten Jensen who threw a distance of 156-1 (47.57m) for 33rd.

Complete results from the Mt. SAC Relays can be obtained by visiting

NOTE: The Mt. SAC Relays, the University of Washington & Washington State University all contributed to this report.

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