June 10, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Washington State University had four competitors advance among the seven who competed Wednesday, the first day of the 2009 NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships. Inclement weather that included rain and lightning at John McDonnell Field on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, caused a weather delay that began at 5 p.m. Pacific Time with four field events qualifying rounds and six track races semifinals left to be contested. Competition resumed at 8:15 p.m. PT with the final event of the day, the men's 5000m, expected to begin at 12:40 a.m. Central Time.
The final first round event held Wednesday night before the storm hit were the five heats of the men's 400m hurdles. Jeshua Anderson (sophomore, Woodland Hills, Calif.), the defending NCAA champion, won his heat and had the third-fastest time of the first round at 50.12 seconds. Barry Leavitt (senior, Benton City, Wash.) ran a season-best 50.55 seconds for second place in his heat to qualify automatically. Leavitt's time was the ninth-fastest overall.
Marissa Tschida (sophomore, Missoula, Mont.) threw the javelin 168-feet, 6 inches (51.36m) which was the fifth-best among the two flights of qualifying and Tschida advanced to the Friday final.
Two-time All-American high jumper Trent Arrivey (junior, Woodinville, Wash.) cleared both bars on his first attempt in the qualifying round Wednesday night. Arrivey managed the wet runway surface well and cleared 6-8 3/4 (2.05m) and 6-10 3/4 (2.10m). The opening height of the bar for the Friday final will be 6-10 3/4 (2.10m) for the 12 finalists.
Two Cougars competed but did not advance from first round races. Justin Woods (senior, Buena Vista, Calif.) ran a 100m dash prelim time of 10.35 seconds, fifth in his heat and the 19th overall, just missing moving to the 18-man semifinal by 2/100s second. Woods will run in the men's 200m dash first round Thursday evening.
As the women's intermediate hurdles first round heats began, the skies darkened and the rain began. Lorraine King (senior, Fontana, Calif.) ran a 400m hurdles prelim time of 58.99, fifth in her heat and 22nd overall with the top 18 moving on to the semifinal.
Sam Ahlbeck (junior, Renton, Wash.) ran a PR time in the 3000m steeplechase semifinals of 8:49.88 to finish 17th overall and only a little over one second away from a top 14 spot and a position in the final.
The competition continues Thursday with six WSU participants seeing action.