Friday, June 11, 2010

Jeshua Anderson's bid for third consecutive NCAA 400 hurdles title falls short...

EUGENE, Oregon--Jeshua Anderson's (left/photo by Mike Scott) attempt to win a third consecutive NCAA title in the men's 400 meter hurdles was derailed, as a late charge by long-time rival Johnny Dutch from South Carolina earned him the title.

Running out of lane 4, Anderson took an early lead as the hurdlers ran up the backstretch.

As they entered the home stretch, Anderson and Dutch, in lane 5, were even, but the Cougar started to show signs of fading.

It appeared that Anderson's form over the final two hurdles were less than perfect, while Dutch maintained his technique and made a strong charge to take the victory, 48.75 to 49.31.

It was a disappointing day for the Washington Huskies, as decathlete Jeremy Taiwo took a very nasty spill in the sixth event of the ten-event decathlon, the 110 hurdles.

Taiwo got out well but started clipping a few hurdles and slipping back. Trying to push back into the race, Taiwo got out of rhythm and caught his foot on the eighth hurdle, propelling himself down into the track head first at full speed. The impact knocked Taiwo unconscious for what paramedics later timed at 40 seconds.

Taiwo was taken to Riverbend Hospital for evaluation but cleared and released and he was back at Hayward later in the day to watch Midles in the hammer.

In the men's hammer throw, Washington's Zach Midles finished 18th in the hammer with a toss of 204-11 (62.47m).

Oregon's Jordan Stray out of Centralia finished ninth in the event, tossing the hammer 212-4 (64.73m).

In the men's high jump, Washington State senior Trent Arrivey closed out his collegiate career with a mark of 6-10.75 (2.10m) and a 20th place finish.

In the women's 5000 meter run, Tacoma's Brie Felnagle, running for North Carolina, was 14th in 16:14.95.

Competition at the NCAA championships concludes Saturday with a 10 am pacific time start, to accommodate CBS Sports' live coverage of the meet (channel 7 in Seattle, or 107 on Seattle area Comcast). Coverage is also available online via ncaa.com.

For the Huskies, Katie Follett (1500) and Mel Lawrence (3000 steeple) will compete Saturday, along with Oregon's Jordan McNamara of Auburn/Riverside in the 5000m.

Results from the NCAA Championships are available here.

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