WALNUT, California--One name the blog hasn't mentioned recently is that of Jeshua Anderson (left/photo courtesy jeshuaanderson.com).
After an injury riddled 2012 season, Anderson moved his training base from Pullman to Phoenix, where he's been training under the guidance of Dan Pfaff at the World Athletics Center, the same base where Washington alum Brad Walker trains.
Anderson, the 2011 USA and NCAA champ at the 400 hurdles, opened up his 2014 season over the barriers as he won that event at the Mt. SAC Relays, an event he's won in the past.
The Washington State alum cruised to victory in a time of 49.43, with Nebraska's Miles Ukaoma second in 49.76, Stanford alum Amaechi Morton third in 49.95, and reigning world and Olympic decathlon champ Ashton Eaton fourth in his debut in this event at an impressive 50.01.
The invitational 400 saw Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry, competing for the University of Oregon, finish second in 45.51.
In the second section of the women's invitational 400 hurdles, Washington's Gianna Woodruff (58.54) and Kayla Steuckle (59.28) were third and fourth, respectively.
In the invitational men's pole vault, the Huskies' Jax Thoirs tied for fifth with a jump of 17-6.5 (5.35m).
Washington alum Kyle Nielsen finished seventh in the invitational javelin with a toss of 224-3 (68.35m).
Eastern Washington's Jordan Arakawa was 13th in the invitational hammer, throwing 209-10 (63.95m).
In Cerritos, athletes from both Eastern and Western Washington Universities had solid performances at the Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State.
The Eagles' Kelsie Forcier finished second in the hammer, as she spun the ball and chain 185-2 (56.44m).
One day after setting a school record in the steeplechase at Mt. SAC, Katie Mahoney was second in the open women's 1500, running 4:25.33.
Pole vaulter Courtney Bray was second with a jump of 12-11.75 (3.96m).
In a very competitive javelin competition, Western Washington's Katie Reichert and Bethany Drake were second and third, respectively, with marks of 162-8 (49.59m) and 160-3 (48.84m).
The Vikings' Slater Hirst was third in the men's javelin with a toss of 209-4 (63.80m).
Seattle Pacific's 4x100 relay team of BryAnne Wochnick, Kishia Mitchell, Kyra Brannan, Tasia Baldwin finished fourth in a time of 47.09.
In Eugene, Tacoma native and 2013 USA junior champ Marcus Chambers won the 400 meters at the final day of the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Washington's Dan Boyden finished third in the men's discus with a toss of 157-3 (47.93m).
The Huskies' Ashley Alexander was third in the women's javelin with a toss of 149-10 (46.61m). Washington alum Jordin Seekins, now a volunteer coach at Concordia in Portland, was fifth at 146-7 (44.69m).