April 17, 2010
WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State's Jeshua Anderson won the men's Invitational 400m hurdles race and Anna Layman won the women's Olympic Development 800m race Saturday at the 52nd Annual Mt. SAC Relays, contested at Hilmer Lodge Stadium at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
Anderson, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., won the men's Invitational 400m hurdles in a season-best time of 49.11 seconds, a healthy distance ahead of USC's Reggie White who ran 50.45.
Layman, a junior from Spokane Valley, won the women's Olympic Development 800m race in a time of 2-minutes, 6.80 seconds. Joe Abbott was the runner up on the men's 800m Olympic Development race with a season-best time of 1:49.12. Luke Lemenager finished 10th in the same race in a time of 1:52.73.
"There were lots of very positive things this weekend," Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. "We have been doing the right things in our training and technically and this weekend we saw that in some of the athletes' performances. We expected both Jeshua and Anna to win here. Anna sat off the lead and had a slow first lap but moved into position with 200 meters to go and then pulled away. Jesh had a plan and wanted to run 13-strides all the way around the track but on the seventh hurdle that went away. He got back on stride and pulled away at the end. He is ready to run very fast and in the right conditions and in the right race we will see that this season."
Princess Joy Griffey ran a season-best non-wind-aided time of 11.79 for eighth place in the women's 100m Invitational 100m dash. She also ran the second leg of the women's 4x100m Invitational relay that ran a time of 46.55 for fourth place. Cindy Robinson, Griffey, Jasmine Johnson-McKeown and Angela Jensen ran the first short relay for the Cougar women this season.
In the Olympic Development men's 400m hurdles race, J Hopkins placed third with a time of 53.07.
High jumper Trent Arrivey struggled in the men's Invitational event Saturday, clearing 7-0 1/2 (2.15m) for seventh place.
Former Cougar Drew Ulrick (Spokane), competing for USATF High Performance, took third place in the Invitational discus event with a throw of 196-1 (59.76m).
Late Friday night, Lisa Egami finished 15th in the 5000m Invitational race in a PR time of 16:30.89, the fifth-fastest time in school history. In the men's 5000m University/Open "B" race, Jono Lafler ran a PR time of 14:10.54 for fourth place.
In field events Friday night, Courtney Kirkwood threw the javelin a season-best 168-8 (51.42m) for third place. Hilary Moore tied for ninth in the "B" section of the pole vault with a season-best clearance at 11-9 3/4 (3.60m). It was not a good night for hammer thrower Kjirsten Jensen who threw a distance of 156-1 (47.57m) for 33rd.
Washington State hosts the Cougar Invitational Track & Field Meet at the Mooberry Track Complex Saturday, April 24.
Other quotes from Coach Sloan: "Joe Abbott ran well today. He ran a smart race and ran well. In the short relays, we moved Stephan Scott-Ellis into Marlon Murray's leg when Marlon was injured yesterday. We ran a conservative race but people ran well and there were good handoffs all the way around. The women's short relay was disappointing but I think they can improve in the upcoming weeks. Jono Lafler did a nice job and raced well. He had a good time for right now. Lisa Egami was disappointed in her race. There was a very quick early pace. She will come back down to 1500m for the rest of the season."