Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jeshua Anderson cruises to first round victory in USA Championships...

DES MOINES, Iowa--Washington State University's Jeshua Anderson (left/photo by Mike Scott) ran the second fastest time of the day in winning his heat of the men's 400 hurdles at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

Anderson, who missed out on winning his third straight NCAA title in Eugene two weeks ago, returned to the site of his first NCAA title, and ran a very easy and controlled race out of lane 8, winning in a time of 49.61.

In other events involving Washington athletes, 2009 world championships team member Ryan Brown easily advanced to the next round, by finishing second in his heat of the 800 meters, running 1:47.50.

Former Tacoma high school standout Craig Everhart advanced to the next round in the mens 400 meters, running 46.30 to finish fourth in his heat.

Ginnie Powell-Crawford, a world championships finalist out of Rainier Beach High School in the 100 hurdles, competed in the 100 meter dash, and finished fourth in her heat in 11.39 to advance to the semis, running the seventh fastest time of the day.

Recent University of Washington grad Katie Follett, finished 6th in her heat of the women's 1500, running 4:16.20 in her pro debut. Follett, who just signed a professional contract with Bothell-based Brooks Sports, missed the time qualifier by almost 1 second, and was the 13th fastest runner in the heats.

Follett recently wrote a blog post reflecting on her four years at the University of Washington, the contents of which you can read here.

In the men's 10000, former Husky Mike Sayenko finished seventh in 29:26.89. In the women's 10000, Western Washington's Sarah Porter did not finish.

In the USA junior championships, Bellingham's Becca Friday, who was an NCAA qualifier in the 800 for the University of Oregon, ran the sixth fastest time of the day in her event, clocking 2:09.74.

Incoming University of Washington freshman Kasen Covington from Idaho finished fifth in the men's long jump, leaping 23-4 1/2 (7.12m).

University of Washington freshman Shayne Moore finished fifth in his heat of the 110 hurdles, running 14.35 in heat 3

Greg Hornsby of WSU ran 10.74 to finish fifth in his heat of the 100 meter dash. Teammate Shaquana Logan had the ninth fastest time in the 100 hurdles, running a personal best 14.15w, missing the final by a mere 1/100s second. Logan also long jumped Thursday and leaped 18-feet, 5 1/4 inches (5.62m) for ninth place.

A reminder that television coverage for the meet begins Friday when ESPN will broadcast the meet from 5-7 p.m. PDT. Saturday and Sunday, the coverage will be on ESPN from 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific and from noon to 1 p.m. on NBC.

Streaming video of the USA Championships will also be available via our media partner RunnerSpace.com for races that are not on the television schedule.

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