June 11, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University has four competitors still in the hunt for national championship titles after the second day of the 2009 NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships at John McDonnell Field on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Hurdler Jeshua Anderson, high jumper Trent Arrivey, discus thrower Matt Lamb and javelin thrower Marissa Tschida will vie for NCAA crowns in the next two days.
The defending NCAA intermediate hurdles champion, Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.) ran the top time in the men's 400m hurdles semifinals of 49.27 seconds with his nearest rivals, Johnny Dutch from South Carolina and Justin Gaymon from Georgia, running times of 49.48 and 49.49, respectively. WSU senior, Barry Leavitt (Benton City, Wash.) ran a season-best time of 50.55 which was the 12th-best time in the semifinals where the top 9 advance to the Friday night final.
Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a 200m first round time of 21.04 seconds which was the 15th-fastest time but and Woods was the 18th and final runner to advance to the semifinals. Just an hour and 20 minutes later, Woods ran a time of 21.23 in the semifinals, 17th best overall with the top 9 going to the Saturday final.
Matt Lamb (redshirt junior, Emmett, Idaho) advanced to the final of the men's discus throw with a season-best toss of 192-feet, 11 inches (58.81m) which was the sixth-best throw of the day. Lamb, a two-time All-America, opened with a throw of 183-1 (55.81m) and then fouled his second attempt. He was 12th going into the final round of qualifying throws but was knocked out of the qualifiers by a competitor throwing before him. Lamb stepped into the ring and threw a season-best on his third and final attempt. The men's discus final is Saturday, June 13, at 8 a.m. PT.
During the first day at the NCAA meet, Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) advanced to the women's javelin final and Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) qualified for the men's high jump final.
Robert Williams (senior, Riverside, Calif.) did not advance to the men's 110m hurdles semifinals after clipping several hurdles and really smacking the final hurdle in his first round heat. Williams, who struggled with an irritated hip most of the outdoor season, finished in a time of 14.74 seconds, 26th overall.
Lisa Egami (junior, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) ran a 1500m semifinals time of 4:23.15 which was 21st-fastest on the day with the top 12 advancing to the Saturday final.
The Friday, June 12, national meet schedule for the Cougars begins with Tschida in the javelin at 3:30 p.m., while Arrivey will start high jumping at 5 p.m. and Anderson will run the intermediate hurdles final at 6:05 p.m. (all times converted to Pacific Time). The CBS College Sports Network (cable channel formerly CSTV) will broadcast Friday, June 12 from 4 - 7 p.m. PT. The CBS network will broadcast Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. - Noon PT.