Sunday, April 4, 2010

Jeshua Anderson wins third straight Texas Relays 400 hurdles title...

Many apologies for the delay in getting Saturday's busy day of track & field posted, as the effect of the trip to Poland has finally caught up to the editor of this web site, and I've been down with a touch of the flu.

Washington State junior Jeshua Anderson (left/photo courtesy WSU Sports Information) won his third straight Texas Relays title over 400 hurdles, and javelin thrower Marissa Tschida broke her own school record at the 83rd running of one of America's most prestigious relay events in Austin, Texas.

Anderson, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., won the 400m hurdles with a time of 49.77 seconds. Bryce Brown from Texas Tech finished second in a time of 49.83.

Tschida, a junior from Missoula, Mont., threw the javelin 186-feet, 1 inch (56.71m), breaking the WSU record of 181-8 (55.38m) she threw last season. Tschida tossed the record mark on her first attempt of six on the day, but finished second in the event as Liz Gleadle from British Columbia, threw a mark of 189-9 (57.84m).

University of Washington's Brooke Pighin from Port Alberni, British Columbia tossed the stick 160-feet, 10-inches, good for a 10th-place overall finish. WSU sophomore Courtney Kirkwood (Othello, Wash.) threw the javelin 134-11 (41.13m) for 15th place.

"Coach (Debra Farwell) and I had been talking about getting a big one out first and being able to relax from then," Tschida said. "The field today was terrific, with Olympic development athletes and really good collegiate athletes, so I knew I needed to stay relaxed," said Tschida.

In the men's javelin, Husky All-American Kyle Nielsen finished sixth with a throw of 220-3.

Senior Trent Arrivey from Woodinville, Wash., cleared the high jump bar at a height of 7-1 (2.16m) and took third place in the "A" event. Ryan Deese (junior, Colorado Springs, Colo.), competing in the men's "B" event cleared a season-best 6-9 (2.06m) for fifth place.

Kendall Mays (redshirt junior, Spokane) pole vaulted 12-8 (3.86m) for 13th place.

The Cougar men's 4x400m relay team of Greg Hornsby, Anderson, Reny Follett and Joe Abbott ran a season-best time of 3:12.51 for ninth place in the C. Price Jr. race.

Next weekend the Washington State track and field teams will split again with some competing at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA, and the other team members will compete at the Washington versus Oregon, Idaho and Montana III at Spokane Falls Community College.

The Huskies will head to Eugene for the Pepsi Team Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon, against Texas A&M, Missouri, and Illinois.

Seattle Pacific/Western Washington/SeattleU/Eastern/Gonzaga recap

Here are links to the releases by Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, and SeattleU from their meets over the weekend.

Both the Falcons and the Vikings competed in the JD Shotwell Invitational in Tacoma, hosted by the University of Puget Sound, with Western sweeping both the mens' and women's team titles

Western won the men's title with 183.5 points, with Central Washington second at 148 in the 12-team field. The Vikings used their depth to claim the triumph, winning just four events, but having an athlete in the top three in all but five.

The Western women took their division with 176.5 points, 13.5 ahead of Seattle Pacific. Central Washington was third in the 10-team field with 79.5. The Vikings dominated events on the track, claiming victories in six of the 11 races.

The results from the Shotwell Invitational can be accessed here.

Three Seattle University outdoor track and field records fell as the squad continued its participation in the Willamette Invitational Saturday at Charles Bowles Track.

Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.) posted the fastest time in the 200 meter dash, setting a new school record with a time of 21.81 seconds.

The other two records came in field events, with Dylan Burnett (Lynnwood, Wash.) setting a new school record in the javelin throw with a top toss of 51 meters (167' 4"). Meanwhile, Navotni Minter (Edmond, Okla.) posted a top leap of 5.09 meters (16' 8.5") in the women's long jump, good enough for a new school record and a third place finish overall in the event.

Eastern Washington and Gonzaga competed in Missoula, Montana at the Al Manuel Invitational Saturday. Links to the complete set of results can be obtained here.

NOTE: The sports information offices at Washington State, University of Washington, Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Eastern Washington, and Gonzaga all contributed to this report.

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