June 26, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. -- Jeshua Anderson advanced from the men's intermediate hurdles first round Friday evening during the second day of the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Anderson, a WSU junior in the fall, won his 400m hurdles heat and had the second-fastest time of the day at 50.22 seconds. Justin Gaymon, who just completed his eligibility at the University of Georgia, ran the top time of the first round of 49.86. Anderson is the two-time Pacific-10 and NCAA 400m hurdles champion and holds the WSU record time of 48.47. Gaymon finished third at the 2009 NCAA meet. The top three in each of the four heats and next four fastest runners advanced to the Saturday semifinals. WSU 2009 grad, Barry Leavitt, ran a time of 51.87 for 19th place.
"It was pretty windy out there today, but I'm used to Hayward by now," Anderson said in a post-race interview provided on www.usatf.org. "I ran a little bit too fast in the prelims last year so having that experience helped me today. I'll be ready for the finals."
Ian Waltz (WSU '00) punched his ticket to the World Championships in Berlin in August by throwing the discus 203-1 (61.91m) for third place. Drew Ulrick (WSU '07) finished 21st with a discus throw of 180- (55.07m). Casey Malone, a Colorado State alum, won the men's discus with a throw of 213-3 (64.99m). Waltz' long-time training partner, Jarred Rome (Boise State) took second place with a toss of 208-3 (63.48m). Waltz, who was the US discus champion in 2005, 2006 and 2008, won the bronze medal in the discus at the 2006 World Championships.
Blessing Ufodiama (WSU '04), competing unattached, placed seventh in the women's triple jump with a best effort of 44-feet, 7 inches (13.59m), which came on her fourth attempt. Penn State grad Shakeema Welsch (unattached) won the event with a leap of 46-11w (14.30m).
Bernard Lagat (WSU '99) did not run in the men's 800m semifinals after running a first round time of 1:48.59 for 11th in the prelims. Lagat, the reigning world champion in the 1500m and the 5000m, only had to compete at the national championships in order to place himself on the U.S. team for the World Championships.
Live TV coverage of the 2009 USA Track & Field Championships continues Saturday, June 27, on ESPN from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. PT